The Beginning of the End for Judah: Jehoahaz and Pharaoh Necho (2 Kings 23:31 – 34)

Jehoahaz, the son of Josiah, reigned after Josiah’s death.  He was twenty-three years old and reigned three months.  He did evil in the sight of the Lord.  Pharaoh Necho captured him and put him in prison at Riblah, preventing him from reigning in Jerusalem.  Necho imposed a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold on Judah, and put Eliakim the son of Josiah on the throne in place of Jehoahaz.  Pharaoh Necho changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz to Egypt.  Jehoahaz died in Egypt.

The reprieve for Judah came on Josiah’s behalf.  Once Josiah died, and the next king did evil in the sight of the Lord, the reprieve was lifted, and the next king lasted only three months.  Here we see the beginning of the end for Judah.  Judgement foretold is beginning to be meted out.  Although God’s grace may be extended, the repercussions of sin may still come home to roost eventually.  The principle of reaping and sowing, discussed previously, is valid, even after you are forgiven.  You may still have to suffer the consequences of your sin.  Take your medicine, buck up, and be a man or woman.  Don’t always expect God to take away the consequences of sinful or foolish actions.

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