November 27th, 2018
He Departed Without Being Desired
2 Chronicles 21:20 (KJB) Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.
This verse is a sad commentary about the end of a man’s life whose name was Jehoram.
Imagine a modern-day epitaph engraved on a gravestone stating he “departed without being desired…” This would be a pitiful description marking a wasted life.
God saw fit to divinely record this kind of commentary about the life of Jehoram.
Jehoram was stricken with some sort of disease or condition. Some liken it to tumors, a hernia, or even perhaps hemorrhoids. What we do know for sure that this man was disrespected and not treated like a king. He was not even offered a common funeral a beggar might receive.
This verse alludes to the fact that upon his death not even one person cared to remember him. The authorities after Jehoram’s his eight-year rein chose not to give him a royal burial among the other precious dead kings preceding in the line of Judah. Instead, Jehoram was despised and dropped into the ground like a common criminal or stranger in the land.
Jehoram was an apostate ruler and because of his wicked rein was not given the burial of a king, after being stricken with an incurable condition by God, he faced death at an early age in what should have been the prime of his life. Wickedness has a price on this earth and in eternity.