A Sad Commentary (II Chronicles 19-23)

20 He was thirty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he departed with no one’s regret. They buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings. II Chronicles 21:20

This past Sunday I preached from Genesis 13 on the life of Lot who was along for the ride with Abraham. As we examined his life, it turned into a tragedy because he set his eyes in the wrong direction. You can check out the message at http://www.jacksonfbc.com

When Lot found himself in a cave having lost everything, it was a sad commentary. Question: Where is your life headed? Adrain Rogers said, “It is a fool who judges their life where they are now. A wise person judges their life based on the direction they are headed in.

In II Chronicles 19 we read of the wise leadership of King Jehoshaphat who according to Scripture; “he set his heart to seek God,” (19:3). But the same could not be said of his son, Jehoram. He set his heart to seek idols.

As I considered the contrast in those two kings I found myself drawn to what was said of them at the end of their lives. King Jehoshaphat was missed when he died because of his impact for godliness. But King Jehoram was not missed when he died because of the anguish he caused during his life.

What happened in his life?

  • He rejected the God of his father.
  • He married the daughter of wicked king Ahab.
  • He did evil continually in the sight of the Lord.
  • He murdered his brothers.
  • He turned Judah toward idol worship.
  • He caused the nation of Judah to experience the wrath of God.

Is it of any wonder why the people did not regret his dying? I have seen people at funeral’s who evidence no sorrow for those who died. Today I have sorrow in my heart for such people because they are in Hell or they are headed to Hell.

Two considerations at the end:

  1. Lord I want my life to be lived for You so that the impact I have will be toward godliness.
  2. Lord, help me to lead the Jehoram’s of the world to a saving knowledge and acceptance of Jesus.

When Jesus comes in a whole new life begins (II Cor. 5:17). Let this life lead your life today!!!

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