Sunday, December 5 2010
Jehoahaz Of Israel
Jehoahaz, from the Hebrew word pronounced yeh-ho-awh-khawz, meaning the LORD holds him, was the son and royal successor (see also Royal Democracy) of King Jehu (see Jehu Of Israel) of the northern kingdom of "Israel" (see our complete series of studies for the Bible History and Prophecy of the Israelite monarchy: The Origin, The Civil War, The United Kingdom, The Division Of Israel, The Northern Kingdom, The Southern Kingdom and The Messiah).
"10:34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? [see also Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties]
"Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria"
Jehoahaz held the throne of Israel for seventeen years during which "he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD" just as his predecessors had done.
"13:1 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.
When Jehoahaz repented somewhat ("Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but walked therein: and there remained the grove also in Samaria"), the LORD delivered Israel out of the hands of the enemies that the LORD had permitted to grow more powerful over them as a punishment for their corruption.
"13:4 And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them.
As part of the lesson, the LORD delivered Israel ("the LORD gave Israel a saviour") at a time when Israel's military had been depleted to a fraction of what it had been.
"13:7 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing." (2 Kings 13:7 KJV)
The reign of Jehoahaz ended with Israel fortunate to have survived his misleadership.
"13:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
The recovery was given, by the LORD, to the son of Jehoahaz to accomplish, "because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast He them from His presence as yet" (the "as yet" ended with The Galilee Captivity).
"13:22 But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz. 13:23 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.
This Day In History, December 5
1349: Jews were massacred in Nuremberg, Germany, in what became known as the Black Death Riots (see Hate Jews?).
1484: Pope Innocent VIII issued a bull (see Papal Bull) condemning the spread of witchcraft and "heresy" in Germany; he ordered that all accused persons were to be executed.
1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Haiti (the existing people of the island already knew that it was there).
1496: King Manuel I expelled Jews from Portugal.
1560: King Francis II of France died at age 16 after reigning 1 year.
1594: Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator died at age 82. The still commonly-used Mercator Projection map is named after him.
1766: Christie's of London held their first auction.
1791: Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at age 35.
1904: Japanese forces devastated the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in Korea.
1916: David Lloyd George became the Prime Minister of Britain.
1921: Britain reached an accord with Sinn Fein to permit Ireland to become an independent country.
1933: U.S. "noble experiment" of alcohol prohibition ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment.
1945: In one of the most famous "Bermuda Triangle" disappearances, the "Lost Squadron" (5 U.S. Navy Avenger bombers with a total of 14 crew) took off on a routine training mission from the Naval Air Station at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While many believe that the lead pilot simply became lost due to disorientation and/or navigational equipment failure (as radio transmissions within the flight overheard by other aircraft in the area indicated) and led the squadron out to sea where they ran out of fuel and were lost, others regard the disappearance as somehow supernatural.
1975: Less than a month after describing Zionism as racism, the United Nations General Assembly (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration to understand the role of the UN in the establishment of the modern state of Israel) ordered Israel to return all "occupied Arab land" (that the Arab nations lost in battle after they attacked Israel) without qualification (that is, without peace treaties), and to "restore the legitimate rights of the Palestinians." It was one of the most anti-Jewish, hypocritical demands ever made by the United Nations General Assembly, and the Israeli government rightfully refused.
1978: The Soviet Union signed a 20 year "friendship pact" with then-communist Afghanistan. The Soviets invaded Afghanistan a year later, in December 1979, at the "request of the government of Afghanistan" to assist in the fight against the Mujahideen, an allied group of Afghan opposition groups who were being supported and armed by the U.S. and Britain (as well as a number of Muslim nations in the Middle East whose existing pro-western dictatorships were being threatened by the communist dictatorships).
1999: Bert Hoffmeister died at age 92. He was the most decorated Canadian solder of the First World War; he also received the Legion of Merit from the U.S., the Order of Orange Nassau from the Netherlands and the Military Order of Italy (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).