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Chariots of Fire (5 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
2 Chronicles 25:9
Amaziah, the king of Judah, was getting ready for war.
Will the day ever come when nations will cease to get
ready for war? Certainly not until the day comes when
they will begin to get ready for peace. Peace must be
prepared for just as much as war. But this time-and,
alas, all through the ages-it was a case of getting
ready for war.
The young King Amaziah stood upon a platform in front
of his palace as his army passed by in review. It was
a mighty host, 300,000 of them. Their helmets, breast-
plates, swords, and lances flashed in the brilliant
sunlight. Company after company, regiment after
regiment, marched past the royal reviewing stand,
their banners waving in the morning breeze. It was a
brave spectacle, and the people cheered their king and
cheered their soldiers. Amaziah was about to invade
and chastise Edom, the hereditary and congenital enemy
of Israel. But 300,000 men did not seem to him a large
enough army. To augment the ranks of his army he hired
100,000 more soldiers, most of them men of Ephraim,
from the kingdom of Israel, at that time given over to
idolatry and apostasy, and under the disfavor of God.
But that apparently made no difference with Amaziah.
As long as these 100,000 soldiers could fight, it made
no difference to him where they came from or what
their relation was to the God of Israel.
Then appeared upon the scene a man of God. Nothing
could be more stirring and dramatic than the
appearances which the man of God makes in the history
of the Old Testament. Sometimes he is named, as in the
case of Elijah or Elisha. More often he is unnamed.
All that we know of him is that title, a "man of God."
He appeared to Eli, the aged priest, and pronounced
judgment upon his house because of his wicked sons. He
appeared to Ahab, who had let Ben-hadad go, and in the
guise of a wounde ...
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