II Chronicles 25:2
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2  He did what was pleasing to Hashem, but not with a whole heart.

va-YA-as ha-ya-SHAR b’-ay-NAY a-do-NAI RAK LO b’-lay-VAV sha-LAYM

ב  וַיַּעַשׂ הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְהֹוָה רַק לֹא בְּלֵבָב שָׁלֵם׃

25:2   But not with a whole heart

Why is Amatzya hesitant in his service of Hashem? Perhaps he had learned idolatry as a child in his father’s house. However, he notices that his father, like idolatrous kings before him, was struck down and reaches the conclusion that the worship of the one true God is the safest and most pragmatic course of action. However, when Amatzya obeys Hashem’s command and sends away his northern mercenaries, they sack his cities in disgust (verse 13). As such, he wonders if his original conclusion was wrong, and perhaps idolatry is the best course after all. We learn from here that it is not enough to serve God out of a desire for advancement. Worship of Hashem must be performed “with a whole heart.”

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  • A great commentary today. The great gift of a 'Free Will' is often our downfall isn't it! We are free to obey or not, free to follow or not follow, free to heed history or not – History does often repeat itself, but not all are wise to learn from someone else's mistakes. These poor Kings, the mistakes they have made, and yet Hashem still remains true and faithful. Having said all that there are times when even though being obedient to Hashem things can go adversely for us. Perhaps it is us and we have got the timing wrong …. We are none of us perfect so prhaps we can understand, just a tad, how Amaziah felt, and pray that we will remain strong in our faith. In NZ the Maori people have a saying – Kia Kaha – stay strong or keep the faith.

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II Chronicles 25:2

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