New Life Church | Daily Devo - Kevin Little
2 Kings 14:23-25 (Jonah prophesies to King Jeroboam). 785 BC (approx)
Jonah first arrives on the scene around 785BC when he prophesies that King Jeroboam will restore “the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Dead Sea, in accordance with the word of the Lord, the God of Israel…” God promised this to Israel through the prophet Jonah to King Jeroboam who, just ONE verse earlier, had been described as one who “did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit.”
What we see in several chapters of 2 Kings is a series of kings of Israel and Judah, a mixed bag of men who “did evil in the eyes of the Lord,” or “did right in the eyes of the Lord,” or “did right in the eyes of the Lord but left the [asherah pole, high places, etc.] in place. The bad leaders are just evil, but the good leaders tolerate evil in their midst. No one has the backbone to stand up for godliness in an increasingly godless world.