Today we are reading 2 Kings 14:1-14, 2 Chronicles 25:1-24, 2 Kings 13:12-13, 2 Kings 14:15-16, 2 Kings 14:23-27, 2 Chronicles 25:25-28, 2 Kings 14:17-22, 2 Kings 15:1-5, and 2 Chronicles 26:1-21. Then, finish by reading Jonah chapters 1,2,3, and 4.
Some scholars say that the prophet Zechariah who counseled Uzziah is the same one who wrote the book of the Bible – another possible connection we are seeing in this chronological order. Being wholehearted is so important – we’ve read about many kings who have done well in the eyes of God EXCEPT that the left the sex and religion shrines to prosper. When you are a leader, it is your responsibility to speak the truth and lead the people within your sphere of influence to the truth. Have you noticed this too: it was never only leaving the shrines. Their disobedience spread to other areas and they eventually disobeyed God in a way that was more direct (not just allowing the sins of others, but then opening the door to sin in their own lives).
And the story of Jonah – that’s familiar, an old friend from our Sunday school days still offering a great lesson! I’m also thinking about this:
“BUT NO. The men tried rowing back to shore. They made no headway. The storm only got worse and worse, wild and raging, THEN THEY PRAY to God, “O God! Don’t let us drown because of this man’s life, and don’t blame us for his death. You are God. Do what You think is best” (Jonah 1:13-14 MSG). Emphasis mine 🙂
They tried their own way first, THEN they prayed. After hearing from God and getting His direction, the sailors could continue in safety and Jonah’s mission could begin.