The Kings: Good & Bad

You Can’t Shake Off God

I Kings 16:29-17:1 — “And Elijah said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” When Ahab took Jezebel to be his wife he got her religion as well. She set about making the cult of…

God’s Grace & Real Repentance

II Chronicles 33:10-20 — “Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God…” The story of Manasseh’s reign doesn’t finish where we might expect. Instead of going to the grave in thrall to false religion, Manasseh repented and put His faith in the LORD alone. We know his change of heart was authentic because He…

What You Throw Away If You Walk Away

II Kings 21:1-8 — In this sermon we consider the wreckage of Manasseh’s reign. We look at the catalogue of pagan religious practices he propagated throughout his kingdom. We think about why he gave himself so thoroughly to paganism and what it cost. He threw away what was priceless. He chose what was worthless. There…

The Worst Of All

II Kings 21:1-18 — “Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.” Manasseh was the worst king that ever sat on the throne in Jerusalem. His wickedness exceeded even that of the Canaanites whom the LORD drove out when Israel entered its Promised…

A Good King – A Bad Deal

II Chronicles 20:31-37 — “And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish…” Jehoshaphat was a good king who loved the LORD and led his people well, although he did make some…

A Deficiency In Our Praise

II Chronicles 20:14-30 — “And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.” We can understood why Judah praised the LORD after the battle was won, for He delivered His people in a…

Grace & Good Works

II Chronicles 19 — King Jehoshaphat had acted very foolishly in entering into an alliance with King Ahab. Ahab was thoroughly wicked man who had persecuted the prophets of the LORD. The two kings went to war against Syria and if not for Divine intervention, Jehoshaphat would’ve ended up dead on the battlefield like Ahab…

Certain Judgment – Wonderful Grace

II Chronicles 18:18-34 — Contrary to the word of the LORD, Ahab & Jehoshaphat went into battle against the Syrians. It didn’t take long for Jehoshaphat to find himself in a very dangerous situation. This was the culmination of a whole series of foolish decisions. Thankfully, the LORD was merciful, but this was not the…