2 Chronicles 25  Meddling to one’s hurt


Intro: Chronicles written – remnant – coming back

A) Written to highlight what happens when God’s pp trust him and follow him { Blessed


B) What happens when they don’t – not blessed at all


C) We left off having looked at King Joash – who came to the throne when he was 7yrs old


D) Reigned under the Tutelage of a godly priest by the name of Jehoiada

1) While Jehoiada was alive – Joash did great walked with God


E) God kept Jehoiada alive 130yrs for his influence


But when Jehoiada died – Joash quit seeking God

A) Really a sad example of how some pp don’t have a faith of their own – Parents / Spouse


B) After the death of Jehoiada Joash turned to idolatry and was confronted by Jehoiada’s son Zechariah - - You have sinned!


C) The King and his cohorts rejected Zechariah’s rebuke – and stoned him to death


D) Joash ends up being assonated and his son Amaziah comes to the throne – Ch.25

2 Chron 25:1-2

Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a loyal heart.


That last phrase is interesting – not with a loyal heart = a whole heart

A) God is so conscious of the heart –


B) It is not the outward actions that he notices the most –

1) They are important but only if the heart matches


C) Jesus said of the religious leaders: “These pp honor me with the mouths …heart is far from me.”



Amaziah did some right things – He made some right professions – But his heart was lacking – see how that plays out in the story.


3 Now it happened, as soon as the kingdom was established for him, that he executed his servants who had murdered his father the king. 4 However he did not execute 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 be put to death for their children, nor shall the children be put to death for their fathers; but a person shall die for his own sin."  


Here we see he allows for some time to get established – then he deals with his fathers killers

A) It was the custom of that time to not only kill the killers, but also the children of the killers.


B) But Amaziah let the children of the killers go.

1) This was in accordance to the Law of Moses

                     (Deut. 24:16)


C) So here we see Amaziah doing that which was right - Amaziah went against the flow of the culture to honor God.


D) Note: This is the heart and mind of God....... Every man pays for his own sin.


This goes against the flow of what the world and much of what the Church teaches today.....

A) We live in a day when it is VOGUE for people to blame their parents for their troubles.


B) That is: “The reason that I  am messed up is because my parents were messed up so I need inner healing.”


C) NOTE: The Lord declares that every man shall pay for his own sin.


D) It is UNBIBLICAL and ILLOGICAL that we should blame our parents for our problems.

1) Parents have an influence – but we all make our own choices!

V.5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together and set over them captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, according to their fathers' houses, throughout all Judah and Benjamin;

He shows wisdom here – arranges the army according to the heads of the families –

Fighting side by side with your brethren brings about a cohesiveness.

and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them to be three hundred thousand choice men, able to go to war, who could handle spear and shield.


So He numbers the troops = 300,000 men


Now here is where we see his lack of a loyal heart

A) It seems that Amaziah was not satisfied with that number – but instead of trusting God


B) He takes matters into his own hands v.6 hire 100,000 mighty men of valor from Israel – help them

1)100 talents of silver 3 ¾ tons of silver


C) Problem: Israel is guilty of Wicked Idolatry



So He is hiring these men who were far from God – mercenaries –

A) Entering into an unequally yoked relationship here – He is going to pay.


B) Always the case: You link yourself to an unbeliever and you will pay – always


C) Now 100 talents of silver was not a lot to split between 100,000 men – They banked on the spoil

1) That is why these men were there – only reason


D) So here we see Amaziah doing what a lot of Christians do – taking matters into his own hands

1) With the pp who killed his dad he followed the word


E) But in this situation he followed or did what he thought was right –

1) Compartmentalize their faith -  Home/vs work

   Church relationships vs business relationships


God’s intervention: V. 7

7 But a man of God came to him, saying, "O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the LORD is not with Israel — not with any of the children of Ephraim. 8 But if you go, be gone! Be strong in battle! Even so, God shall make you fall before the enemy; for God has power to help and to overthrow."


God has power to help and to overthrow – what a great thing to remember!


Which side of God’s hand do you want to be on!

A) Amaziah had two choices: Get rid of the mercenaries and trust God { His Help

B) Or trust in the mercenaries and die!


C) So the man of God warns him not to do this:


9 Then Amaziah said to the man of God, "But what shall we do about the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?"

A) IS this a typical guy or what? – “What about the money I gave them?”


B) I love the prophets response:V.9b  And the man of God answered,"The LORD is able to give you much more than this."


C) Our leadership recently made a tough decision that we believe God is going to honor.


3Yrs ago – When we were considering trying to purchase the land on Melrose – Challenge

A) Those in the city that were in opposition – not a good place for a Church –  CUP – City counsel


B) Seller / Builder – who didn’t want to enter into a long process – if it couldn’t be granted CUP

1) They wanted guarantees – Bank – who wouldn’t give us a loan unless – assured CUP


C) So we went to the city counsel – see would they support the Church moving there.

1) During those initial conversations – the topic came up about – a trade – That CUP / for this one

D) Put this property back into the tax base – and since this is in the city’s redevelopment zone

1) They will actually get a hire percentage of the property tax revenue on this property


E) So 3 yrs ago – we expressed a willingness to work with the city in turn for our CUP on Melrose

1) We said we would remain open to that idea


Now at the time 3yrs ago – according to our projections – the difference in value – Church vs commercial was only about 500k

A) Now over the yrs – it seems that value has changed up as a Church – great demand – CUP in place


B) Great interest – Not so much as a commercial

        The gap could be more like 1million


What do we do? Although 3 yrs ago – expressed a willingness – to work with the city  

A) The scenario had changed – bigger potential loss


B) Leadership met prayed – fasted – We need to honor or word

1) Even though legally we could fight them on this – legally what asking not right


C) We felt that our integrity was more valuable than whatever we were forfeiting monetarily

1)) Trust the Lord to meet the need financially – the Lord is able to give more.

Now Amaziah is in this mess because he didn’t trust God in the first place – Own Hands

A) And that can happen you a Christian – you make a decision – ignore the voice of the HS


B) Realize later – mistake – but now you are committed – you have invested –

1) What do you do


C) Sometimes the best thing and only thing that you can do is cut your losses and run

1) Trust God


D) Amaziah had two choices – lose your silver or lose your life


E) Amaziah listens: Rd v.10-11



The area around MT Seir – Edomites was extremely wealthy – area of Petra today one of the wealthiest areas in the world at that time – great spoil


12 Also the children of Judah took captive ten thousand alive, brought them to the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, so that they all were dashed in pieces.

                                                    Gross / cruel



13 But as for the soldiers of the army which Amaziah had discharged, so that they would not go with him to battle, they raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth Horon, killed three thousand in them, and took much spoil.

A) So while Amaziah and the army is out raiding the Edomites – the mercenaries who felt they were cheated out of the spoil decide to take it from Judah


B) High Price to pay for compromise – Always fall out


C) Now what happens next seems unfathomable

                        RD V14


Now when Neb of Babylon captured – Judah took the treasures from the temple home to Babylon

A) He placed them in the temple of his god to proclaim our god is stronger – defeated the god of Israel


B) Amaziah does the opposite: Edomites were polytheistic – many gods


C) After this victory that Yahweh no doubt gave

1) Amaziah takes the gods of the Edomites home with him – sets them up to be worshipped  his gods


D) Not logical – doesn’t make sense!


                   RD V.15

What are you thinking – Not only is this wrong in God’s eyes – but logically it doesn’t make sense

A) Here is where we see Amaziah’s pride and rebellious heart


16 So it was, as he talked with him, that the king said to him, "Have we made you the king's counselor? Cease! Why should you be killed?"


Then the prophet ceased, and said, "I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not heeded my advice."


16 But the king interrupted him and said, "Since when have I asked your advice? Be quiet now before I have you killed!"


So the prophet left with this warning: "I know that God has determined to destroy you because you have done this and have not accepted my counsel."   NLT


RD V.17-


Pride has filled Amaziah’s heart – He thinks – I took on Edom / I take on you no reason for this



Rejects the Prophets godly rebuke and listens to some ungodly advice




Some pp are just bent on doing what they want to do

A) They don’t heed godly counsel – they have their own favorite scriptures “ He who is without sin can throw the first stone.”


B) They usually also have their own counselors – pp who will tell them what they want to hear


C) Don’t listen to those Pastors down at the Church – they are too legalistic – too narrow –


D) Well the King of Israel answer is classic


2 Chronicles 25:18-19


18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, "The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, 'Give your daughter to my son as wife';

He gives him a parable that should have been easy for him to understand – Amaziah you are like a thistle – a weed – and I am a Cedar


Cedars of Lebanon Majestic – 200ft tall 2000yrs old


So this is like a weed saying to the Cedar let my son marry your daughter - -  that is how ridiculous your request is. 

and a wild beast that was in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle. That was the end of the thistle


You really want to go in this direction – You are going to get stepped on.

A) Then Joash wisely hits on what was motivating this request -


19 Indeed you say that you have defeated the Edomites, and your heart is lifted up to boast.


B) You have had a little victory and now you think that you have it all together now


C) The heart of Amaziah was lifted up with

Pride.  Hadn’t he defeated the Edomites?

1) Hadn’t he captured the mighty rock city of Petra?


God’s Hate list Proverbs 6 Pride is the top of the list

A) Interesting – how we would judge sins – God judges them in a different way.


B) Proverbs 7:17- God hates a proud look


“Pride is an exaggerated and distorted self evaluation of oneself! Pride seeks value and honor and reputation it doesn’t deserve.”


“Pride is an ego motivated maneuver to hide from myself the things I don’t like about myself.”


C) People do crazy things for Pride – Sports A Rod 30 Million – does he need it – no – highest paid


Joash tries to set Amaziah straight – you are just a weed -


V.19b Stay at home now; why should you meddle with trouble, that you should fall — you and Judah with you?"


E) KJV Why should you meddle to your own hurt?


The tragedy of Amaziah is something that is being played out in our time, day after day, as people are meddling in areas that can only ultimately bring them deep hurt.



There are some here tonight who are guilty of playing with fire.... Guilty of meddling.

A) You are at work: Another woman showing you some attention – Flattered by it


B) Think innocent – a little lunch – You don’t need to worry about me – I am prayed up – strong

1) HS says great – One less person to worry about


C) You may have the feeling that you’re in control, that you’re on top of it, that you can handle it.


D) The Bible talks about the deceitfulness of sin – that it takes our life by increments – little by little

1)) But you are walking on ice and in due time you WILL slip and fall

We are desensitized to the conviction of the HS

         You are meddling to your own hurt



A)) Single: You have gotten romantically involved with an unbeliever. You feel that your love is greater than your differences... that your love will conquer all...


C) That in due time you will lead that person to the Lord. The Scripture that COMMANDS you to not be unequally yoked doesn’t really apply to YOU.


D) After all, you can handle it. That passage is just for the weak.

NOTE: You are meddling to your own hurt



EXAMPLE: There are some here that are meddling

with drugs or alcohol.


You say: “This is nothing serious. I can stop any time I



NOTE: You are meddling with something that can hurt

you deeply.


EXAMPLE: Some of you singles have begun to meddle

with sex.


You thought that you were strong enough to be alone in

the late hours of the night without getting physically

intimate.   NOTE: You are meddling to your own hurt

As we close out this Chapter tonight – consider


1.) Defeat and Disgrace For The Nation



Judah was soundly defeated and put to flight.


Whenever I meddle I am going to be defeated by the enemy.


Just talk to one of the members of our Pastoral staff – countless pp that people have experienced GREAT DEFEAT by the devil because they meddled in places that they had no business being.


Whenever I find myself meddling I find that the Name of God is disgraced.


Amaziah was ONE man who was overconfident and meddled where he did not belong and the WHOLE nation was put to the worse.... routed.


2.) Decreased Defenses  


23 Then Joash the king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Beth Shemesh; and he brought him to Jerusalem, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate — four hundred cubits.

One man’s meddling decreased their defenses. The walls that protected Jerusalem were broken down.


When you meddle  in an area where you do not belong and fall into sin your defenses get torn down and you become vulnerable.


NOTE: here is the problem with a little sin. A little sin does NOT stay little. It snowballs.



3.) Diminished Worship


24 And he took all the gold and silver, all the articles that were found in the house of God with Obed-Edom,


The treasures of the Lord – part of the worship experience were diminished


Meddling to your own hurt – Worship diminishes

. The riches of it are gone... It lacks its vitality


4.) Destroyed Freedom


Also took the treasures of the king's house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.


They were taken hostage. The final result of meddling is loss of freedom.



Sin leads to bondage: No one thinks that one little compromise will lead to an addiction but it does


Don’t meddle to your own hurt –


Trust God - 


Walk with God with a Loyal heart – not be disappointed



RD V.25-28