2 Chronicles 22: Ahaziah
king of Judah
Notes: In a time of ungodliness violence prevails. Ahaziah,
following his father Jehoram, is a bad king and only reigns for
a year. He sides with Israel and while Jehu is bringing judgment
on Israel, Ahaziah gets caught up in it and is killed. His mother
grabs the throne and seeks to kill off any other contenders but
Ahaziah's son, Joash, is hidden away and protected.]
Ahaziah's short reign
people of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, Jehoram's youngest
son, king in his place, since the raiders, who came with the Arabs
into the camp, had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah son of
Jehoram king of Judah began to reign.
was twenty-two years old when he became king,
and he reigned in Jerusalem for one year. His
mother's name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri.
too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged
him to act wickedly.
did evil in the eyes of the Lord,
as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father's death they
became his advisors, to his undoing.
Ahaziah wounded while helping Israel against Aram
also followed their counsel when he went with Joram son of Ahab
king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth
Gilead. The Arameans wounded Joram;
he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds they had inflicted
on him at Ramoth in his battle with Hazael king of Aram.
Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to Jezreel to see
Joram son of Ahab because he had been wounded.
Jehu puts him to death in Samaria
Ahaziah's visit to Joram, God brought about Ahaziah's downfall.
When Ahaziah arrived, he went out with Joram to meet Jehu son
of Nimshi, whom the Lord
to destroy the house of Ahab.
Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he found the
officials of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah's relatives, who had
been attending Ahaziah, and he killed them.
then went in search of Ahaziah, and his men captured him while
he was hiding in Samaria. He was brought to Jehu and put to death.
They buried him, for they said, ‘He was a son of Jehoshaphat,
who sought the Lord
with all his
heart.' So there was no one in the house of Ahaziah powerful enough
to retain the kingdom.
Athaliah's rule and Joash protected
Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she
proceeded to destroy the whole royal family of the house of Judah.
Jehosheba , the daughter of King Jehoram,
took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away
from among the royal princes who were about to be murdered and
put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Because Jehosheba, the daughter
of King Jehoram and wife of the priest Jehoiada, was Ahaziah's
sister, she hid the child from Athaliah so that she could not
remained hidden with them at the temple of God for six years while
Athaliah ruled the land.