Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Good King Jotham

Think about the most famous Bible characters, men and women. Did any of them wander away from the faith? Did any overtly rebel against God? Sadly, yes.

What happened to mighty Judge Samson (Judges 14-16)? What happened to powerful King Saul (1 Samuel 15-31)? What happened to wise King Solomon (1 Kings 11)? They all fell away.

What about the good kings of Judah—Abijah (1 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 13), Asa (1 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 16), Jehoshaphat (2 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18-20), Joash (2 Chronicles 24), Amaziah (2 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 25), Uzziah (2 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 26), Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-20, 2 Chronicles 30-32), and Josiah (2 Kings 22-23, 2 Chronicles 34-35)?

They followed God for a number of years, then (with the exception of one king you’ve never heard of, good king Jotham) each one turned away, at least for a time. They didn’t lose their final reward, but they lost God’s blessings and reward for staying true to Him until the end. We see this throughout the Old Testament.

Only Jotham walked “steadfastly before the Lord his God” all the days of his life. Only Jotham. The most exemplary king in all Israelite history. And what do we do? We’ve all but forgotten him. Why? Because Jotham never rebelled against God or did something self-destructive or wicked against other people. Instead, Jotham was truly good. He loved God. He loved his family. He loved his people. He should be our hero. 

You can read more about good King Jotham in 2 Kings 15 and in 2 Chronicles 27.

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