2 Chronicles 25* Amaziah, king of Judah. (1-13) Amaziah worships the idols ofEdom. (14-16) Amaziah's rash challenge. (17-28)1-13 Amaziah was no enemy to religion, but cool and indifferentfriend. Many do what is good, but not with a perfect heart.Rashness makes work for repentance. But Amaziah's obedience tothe command of God was to his honour. A firm belief of God'sall-sufficiency to bear us out in our duty, and to make up allthe loss and damage was sustain in his service, will make hisyoke very easy, and his burden very light. When we are called topart with any thing for God and our religion, it should satisfyus, that God is able to give us much more than this. Convincedsinners, who have not true faith, always object to self-denyingobedience. They are like Amaziah; they say, But what shall we dofor the hundred talents? What shall we do if by keeping thesabbath holy we lose so many good customers? What shall we dowithout this gain? What shall we do if we lose the friendship ofthe world? Many endeavour to quiet their consciences by thepretence that forbidden practices are necessary. The answer is,as here, The Lord is able to give thee much more than this. Hemakes up, even in this world, for all that is given up for hissake. 14-16 To worship the gods of those whom Amaziah had conquered,who could not help their own worshippers, was the greatestabsurdity. If men would consider how unable all those things areto help them, to which they look whenever they forsake God, theywould not be such enemies to themselves. The reproof God sent bya prophet was too just to be answered; themselves. The reproofGod sent by a prophet was too just to be answered; but he wasbidden not to say a word more. The secure sinner rejoices tohave silenced his reprovers and monitors; but what comes of it?Those that are deaf to reproof, are ripening for destruction. 17-28 Never was a proud prince more thoroughly mortified thanAmaziah by Joash king of Israel. A man's pride will bring himlow, #Pr 29:23|; it goes before his destruction, and deservedlybrings it on. He that exalteth himself shall be abased. He thatgoes forth hastily to strive, will not know what he shall do inthe end thereof, when his neighbour has put him to shame, #Pr25:8|. And what are we when we offer to establish our ownrighteousness, or presume to justify ourselves before the MostHigh God, but despicable thistles, that fancy themselves statelycedars? And are not various temptations, is not everycorruption, a wild beast of the desert, which will trample onthe wretched boaster, and tread his haughty pretensions to thedust? A man's pride shall bring him low; his ruin may be datedfrom his turning from the Lord.
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