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Hoshea, the Not-So-Bad King

October 23, 2019 Leave a comment

In the twelfth year of King Ahaz of Judah, Hoshea son of Elah began to reign in Samaria over Israel; he reigned nine years. 2 He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, yet not like the kings of Israel who were before him. 3 King Shalmaneser of Assyria came up against him; Hoshea became his vassal, and paid him tribute. 4 But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea; for he had sent messengers to King So of Egypt, and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year; therefore the king of Assyria confined him and imprisoned him.

I wonder if Hoshea would have become a good king if he’d ruled over Judah, the southern kingdom.

He was not as bad as his predecessors.

But none of the northern kings was ever labeled faithful to the Lord. It was part of their role as breakaway rulers.

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