Judah — From Rehoboam to Ahaz

1. Were the kings of Judah from different houses as in Israel?

No, they were all from the royal house of David.

2. What was the reason for this?

The reason was not that these kings were all God-fearing, but that God kept His promise to David.

3. What! were not all the kings from David’s house God-fearing?

No, for the kings who faithfully served the Lord were but very few.

4. What was their chief sin?

They either served idols themselves, or they allowed the people to forsake the Lord and serve idols.

5. What else did they do wrong?

Often they did not trust in the Lord, but sought help from other nations against their enemies.

6. Can you mention examples of kings who did not serve the Lord?

Yes, Jehoram, Ahaziah, and Queen Athaliah; and the wicked Ahaz.

7. Can you mention some of the better kings?

Yes: Asa, and Jehoshaphat, who tried to end the idol worship.

8. What marred the reign of Jehoshaphat?

He made a league with wicked Ahab, and he helped him fight Syria.

9. What did the wicked Queen Athaliah do?

She tried to kill all the house of David, but the wife of the God-fearing priest Jehoiada saved the life of the baby Joash.

10. Who was one of the most wicked kings?

Ahaz, who sacrificed to idols, closed the temple, and built altars to idols in every corner of Jerusalem.

Memorize the kings of Judah from Rehoboam to Ahaz, as follows:

Rehoboam, Abijah, Joash, Asa, Amaziah, Jehoshaphat, Uzziah, Jehoram, Jotham, Ahaziah, Ahaz