Pastor Joe Moore, Care Ministries
I’m sure that you have heard stories about someone who, in desperation due to their frustration with life, cried out to God promising that if He would help them they would acknowledge Him and maybe even begin changing their life.
More than 100 years after the nation of Israel was divided into the kingdom of Israel and the kingdom of Judah, they were still suffering the consequences of that division. The first thing we learn about Jehoahaz is that He did evil in the eyes of the Lord because he continued to follow in the sins of Jeroboam, the first king of Israel, when the kingdom divided. Jerusalem was set apart by God as the place for worship and sacrifice for his people. Because Jerusalem was located in Judah, Jeroboam was sure that if his people had to continue to travel to Jerusalem to worship and sacrifice. it would only be a matter of time before they would demand that the kingdoms reunite and he would lose his power. The sin of Jeroboam was that he established two new cities of worship and sacrifice in his kingdom for his people. and placed golden calf idols proclaiming that they were the gods that brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt. The end result of Jehoahaz continuing in the direction of Jeroboam was suppression from the King of Aram and his son Ben-Hadad.
In desperation, Jehoahaz cried out to God for His favor and God delivered him from his oppressors. His people enjoyed a period of relief. However, Jehoahaz does not repeal the sin of Jeroboam which ultimately leads to his destruction.
Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”