793BC-753BC – King Jeroboam 2nd the 13th King of Israel

2 Kings 14:23-29. King Jeroboam 2nd ruled for 40 years. He sinned against the Lord and led Israel into sin. Although he sinned against God, God used him to restore land that Jonah the prophet had spoken about. King Jeroboam 2nd was succeeded by his son Zechariah as king.

He fought and conquered Damascus and Hamath and expanded Israel’s boundaries. Israel was very prosperous during this time.

Jeroboam’s reign was also the period of the prophets Hosea, Joel, Jonah, and Amos.

Jeroboam in Hebrew means: he pleads the people’s cause.

Background Reading:

King Jeroboam II – 13th king of Israel

14:23 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Amaziah son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel, began a 41 year reign in Samaria. 24 He did what the LORD considered to be evil by not abandoning all the sins of Nebat’s son Jeroboam, who made Israel sin. 25 He rebuilt Israel’s coastline from the entrance of Hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, in accordance with the message from the LORD God of Israel that he spoke through his servant Jonah the prophet, Amittai’s son, who was from Gath-hepher. 26 For the LORD observed Israel’s bitter misery, and there was no one left, neither slave nor free, and there was no deliverer for Israel. 27 The LORD had never said that he would erase the name of Israel from under heaven. Instead, he delivered them by Joash’s son Jeroboam. 28 The rest of Jeroboam’s actions—everything he did, including his powerful fighting and how on behalf of Israel he restored Damascus and Hamath to Judah—are recorded in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel, are they not?

Zechariah’s Reign over Israel

29 Jeroboam died, as had his ancestors the kings of Israel, and his son Zechariah became king in his place.
2 Kings 14:23-29

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