Politics in Israel – Bible Study Day 29

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II Chronicles 17 – 29

“Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what is right in the eyes of Yahweh like David his ancestor. 2 But he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and also made molten idols for the Baals. 3 […] and burned his sons in the fire, according to the detestable practices of the nations whom Yahweh drove out before the Israelites.

II Chronicles 28

Interestingly enough, Israel had frequently alternating government ideals similar to what most western countries have today. Of course, the difference was royal lineage and not a democratic process, but alternating all the same. I think a significant factor into what dictated these ideals is who the king at the time was married to and allied with. When the king married someone outside of their culture, it was mainly for military interests in allying with surrounding nations. However, this would then lead the king away from God and towards the faiths of their respective wives.

The kings who did follow God and walk in His ways may find themselves in a constant battle with surrounding nations. However, because they were allied with God instead of other nations, God would deliver their enemies to them. Beyond the alternating ideologies of the king for or against God, He remained faithful to His promise to David and Israel. We’ll continuously be seeing this tug and pull between God and Israel, where an unjust king takes the throne, and God sends a prophet to bring Israel back to the fold. No matter how far Israel strayed, God would continuously seek its redemption.

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