Amaziah the king, was good at first but in the end he failed to be on track with the Lord. As Christians, we must stay on track on our faith with the Lord until the end.
For us to stay on track until the end, we must obey God's word wholeheartedly. Obeying Jesus commandments to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, and soul.
Wholeheartedly means obeying completely.
James 1:8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Sometimes the nature of man is not to desire what is good, we often desire is to do sin.
Most of the time, we have no understanding of God's word, and that vengeance is ours (which is wrong thing to do). As the Lord says "vengeance is mine."
Amaziah wants to fight the enemy. In the old testament, God allows the Israelites to fight with the enemy as long as it is not their fellow Jews.
Man's by nature is greedy if he cannot get that something he wants.
We should hate what is evil, but do not hate man. Just hate their wrong motives, but do not commit hatred to others.
The most problem in church is having backstabbers with their fellow believer.
Exodus 20:3-5 You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
Bow down means worship.
Hebrew word of Qatar means burning incense.
Edomites leave in cave. So maybe there they make worship of their idols.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
For us if we lean on money, that is our god.
King Amaziah here make his pride revolves. Pride comes first before tragic happens.
James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
We need to learn to be God dependent and not self sufficient.