On verses 27-38: In these verses we read of two kings with two very different reigns. First there is Pekah king of Israel who worshiped idols and as a result much of his territory was conquered and his people taken away by a foreign enemy, the Assyrians (v27-31). Then we have Jotham king of Judah who “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (v34). When you read about Jotham in 2 Chronicles 27, we learn that because Jotham “walked steadfastly before the Lord his God” (2 Chronicles 27:6), he grew powerful and conquered foreign enemies like the Ammonites (2 Chronicles 27:5).
What can we learn from this?
1. Worship idols like Pekah and you will end up being conquered and oppressed by a foreign enemy. Worship the Lord and walk steadfastly before Him like Jotham and He will expand your territory.
2. Jotham, compared to most kings of Judah, was a good king, and yet he too compromised in his faith (v35). Only in Jesus Christ do we find a king who is absolutely perfect, faithful and blameless to the end.
Lord Jesus, on this day we celebrate You, our Perfect King. Every other king we will ever read about compromised and fell in some way, but You are the King who is faithful, blameless, perfect and steadfast to the end. Like the Magi we bow down before You and we worship You as King. There is no one like You, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!