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Take Up Your Cross January 11th 2014

If you are serving God lukewarmly you will reap according to your half-hearted sowing.

Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart. Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father. But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin. (2 Chronicles 25:1-4 KJV) 

Amaziah was a young king at the young age of twenty-five.  He became king on the throne following after his father.  The Bible says ofAmaziah:

“ And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart…” He was a lukewarm leader who did things in half-hearted fashion not with a heart that was set aside or peculiar towards the things of God.  Instead he allowed ungodliness to exist and flourish in his kingdom; not living as David his father had set a godly example before him.

In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah. He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his father: he did according to all things as Joash his father did. (2 Kings 14:1-3 KJV)

Amaziah had emerged as king after his father had been murdered by some of his own men. And at once he ordered these men who had slain his father also be slain in retribution; however he ordered not the children of these men be killed too; stating personal responsibility as the reason for sparing the sons of the next generation:  “The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.”

Amaziah was fulfilling the law in seeking death for these men for their sin of committing murder.  This was fulfilling the law or bringing about retribution for their sin of murder; but he chose not to seek to kill the next generation for personal sin of their fathers.

Amaziah led his people into battle against the Edomite’s defeating them soundly soon his people fell into the worship of the Edomite’s pagan idols.  He reigned over a kingdom which now readily served idols living in contempt of his leadership.  His poor leadership ultimately stemmed from his lukewarm attempts at serving God from the beginning of his reign.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearA person cannot serve God half-hearted also expecting to receive a shower of blessings from the hand of God.  A person always reaps what he sows.  For further contemplation read Galatians Chapter 6:7-10.

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