We recently finished up our series on 2 Chronicles so I thought I’d finish off my thoughts on the superiority of Jesus to the Kings of Judah (previous posts here, here, here, and here). There are 6 kings left, but I am combining the last 4.
First up, Amon. Not too much is said about him, but there is much to see in contrast to Christ. First, Amon’s servants conspired against him and killed him. Christ, the servant King, however, was conspired against and killed by those he came to serve. In contrast to Manasseh, Amon did not humble himself, even though forgiveness was offered to him just like it was to Manasseh. As we thought about Christ dying so that Manasseh might be forgiven, Christ also died that forgiveness might be offered to Amon, even though he refused it. The death of Christ is the grounds for a universal gospel call to everyone to come to Jesus and find forgiveness.
The next king is another bright spot, Josiah. A few thoughts here. First, God withheld his judgment because of Josiah’s humility, obedience, and righteousness (2 Ch 34.26-28). In glorious contrast God poured out his judgment upon Christ, the sin-bearing substitute, precisely because of his humility, righteousness, and obedience. Sadly, Josiah finishes on a bit of a down note. He chose to fight the wrong battle at the wrong time and he ended up losing his life(2 Ch 35.20-27). In contrast Jesus refused to stray from his mission and true opponent. He wouldn’t become king early, by alternate means avoiding the cross, or according to people’s expectations. The Jews were expecting something a bit different than what Jesus brought. At times they wanted to make him king, but in the end he was not what the wanted in a king. Rome was the only oppressor they could see, but sin was the real oppressor. The patience of Jesus and trust in God’s timing and ways in incredible.
Lastly, there is Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachim, and Zedekiah. In 2 Chronicles 36.15-16 we read, “The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy.” These words sound strangely familiar in Mark 12.1-12, the parable of the tenants. This parable picks up where 2 Chronicles left off. God sent messengers and servants. In the end he sent his Son. He too was despised and rejected. He suffered on the cross, but in God’s grace his rejection did not mean that there was no remedy, but rather, Christ’s rejection was the remedy.
Jesus is the better king. The kings of Judah had their moments, but only to point us to the one who was to come, God’s forever King.