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Amaziah“did what was right in the eyes of the Lord...” (Verse 3).  What did he do right?  He executed those who murdered his father, but he did not put the children of the assassins to death, because that was forbidden by the law, “Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin” (verse 6).

 

In the past, kings and those in high places were often weary of their enemies. Thus in order for their kingdom to last, they would try their best to take out all potential threats.  Amaziah only put his father’s assassins to death, from a human point of view he was putting himself into danger because those assassins’ descendents could eventually take revenge on him.

 

It seemed to be that way, “They conspired against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish, but they sent men after him to Lachish and killed him there” (verse 19).

 

What was the advantage of following God’s law?  The same event recorded in Second Chronicles helps us to understand more, “From the time that Amaziah turned away from following the Lord, they conspired against him…” (2 Chron. 25:27).

 

Clearly God was protecting him until he turned away from God.  Following God’s law is always the right thing to do.

 

Daniel Jiao

Chinese Union Mission

Hong Kong

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