2 Chronicles 22:1-7 – Be Careful of the Advice You Take!

Posted: September 22, 2020 in 14-2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 22:1-7

Ahaziah Rules in Judah

Opening Illustration/Comments

Have you ever been in one of those situations where you know something was the wrong thing to be doing, but you bulled on through anyway and then you had to deal with the fallout afterwards. Now that I have lived over 58 years, I have seen many marriages destroyed by one member of the couple getting involved with single party friends. It always seems to happen. A night out with single friends was way too much more fun than we thought. We liked it so we do it again. And again. Then, these single friends put you in situations where you might be tempted. It leads eventually to discontent with the monotony of being married (at least in your mind). Your single friends then add fuel to that fire by feeding you marital advice, which is always negative to the survival of your marriage and is given to you by people who are single – usually for a reason! You keep hanging out with single friends and doing the party scene. Eventually it will lead to ruin. Dancing with temptation, both literally and figuratively, will led to a moral failure, then, marital problems, often which cannot be recovered from, and then divorce. Seen this in life with friends’ marriages more than once in my life.

The moral of the story is to be careful who you take advice from. Usually those who give you advice that is destructive rather than constructive are lost and empty themselves and want you to join them in their lost and empty search. Satan always tells us that “this one time won’t hurt anything or anybody!” That is his favorite line. He wants us to dabble in sinful behaviors because sin is like crack. You can’t dabble in the drug, crack. You start and then ultimately want more and more. It is the same with sin. We must be careful in what advice we listen to. It the advice given and if followed is going to hurt someone or destroy a relationship, it’s good bet that it is bad advice to follow. Further, as Paul says in Romans 1:19-20,

19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse;

Thus, we are all imprinted by God knowing the difference between right and wrong so if something seems wrong, it probably is. Even if we do not believe in God (and this belief does not make Him not exist however), He imprinted us with this moral code. Further, for us Christians, we have the Holy Spirit there to remind us of this natural imprint and of God’s Word. That gut feeling and that general idea of God’s Word often pops into our mind when we are being given bad advice. That’s where understanding Scripture and hearing the Holy Spirit and heeding those warnings is imperative when we have tough decisions to make, particularly those that can alter the future of our lives.

It is that idea of understanding what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us that I thought about this morning when reading this passage, 2 Chronicles 22:1-7. Let us read through it this morning, together, with that idea in mind:

Scripture Passage

Chapter 22

1 The inhabitants of Jerusalem made his youngest son Ahaziah king as his successor; for the troops who came with the Arabs to the camp had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah son of Jehoram reigned as king of Judah. 2 Ahaziah was forty-two years old when he began to reign; he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri. 3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly. 4 He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done; for after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his ruin. 5 He even followed their advice, and went with Jehoram son of King Ahab of Israel to make war against King Hazael of Aram at Ramoth-gilead. The Arameans wounded Joram, 6 and he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that he had received at Ramah, when he fought King Hazael of Aram. And Ahaziah son of King Jehoram of Judah went down to see Joram son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

7 But it was ordained by God that the downfall of Ahaziah should come about through his going to visit Joram. For when he came there he went out with Jehoram to meet Jehu son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to destroy the house of Ahab. 8 When Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he met the officials of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s brothers, who attended Ahaziah, and he killed them. 9 He searched for Ahaziah, who was captured while hiding in Samaria and was brought to Jehu, and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He is the grandson of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.” And the house of Ahaziah had no one able to rule the kingdom..

Passage Analysis

In this passage, we see that, although it was wise for the young king to seek advice, Ahaziah’s advisors were wicked and led him to ruin. He listened to advice that was politically expedient for the moment but was not wise in the long run. Since it is not mentioned in the passage that Ahaziah prayed to God or sought God’s help or even the advice of godly men, it is clear that he was not seeking God. He listened to those whose advice was advantageous to them to give him. The complicated family relationships between Ahab’s royal line in the northern kingdom with Ahaziah’s family in the southern kingdom further blurred clarity in Ahaziah’s ability to see what was right and wrong for the southern kingdom with him being only 22 years old when he became king. The alliances to which he became a party eventually placed him in a position to be assassinated, allowing his mother (who was of northern kingdom descent) to become ruler of the southern kingdom.

Life Application

I think the thing that we need to takeaway this morning is that whatever advice we receive, we must always compare it to Scripture. That is why it is important to study Scripture regularly. We are most often not afforded opportunities to hear advice, go home, study what Scripture has to say about that subject and then make a decision. Instead, more often than not, we have to make split second decisions about what advice to take. We have no time for study in the heat of the moment when we have those decisions that we have to make that can sometimes alter the course of our lives permanently. Therefore, it is important for us to understand the general overarching themes of the Bible through regular, routine, daily study of God’s Word. When we get into situations where we have to make a moral or life-defining moment types of decisions, we will have internalized God’s biblical themes into our hearts. We might not be able to quote a verse or a chapter as some with biblically eidetic memories might can, but we sure can know in our heart what God would want us to do in such a situation. We can know what seems biblical and what seems unbiblical when we have a decision to make. That gut feeling that something is amiss in a situation where you have to make a big decision is usually the Holy Spirit reminding you of what God’s position on that issue would be. Don’t overlook those feelings that you get in your soul as to something being the wrong decision to make. It is the Holy Spirit reminding us of what God’s Word says. Follow those warnings.

Amen and Amen.

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