Disappointing Legacy

Read 2 Chronicles 21

Focus on verse 20

Jehoram apparently was a sorry excuse for a king on pretty much every level. He killed all his brothers. He married the daughter of Ahab and led the people of Judah away from the Lord. He was unable to contain the Edomite revolt, and was unable to defend neither his nation nor even his family from an invasion of Philistines and Arabians who carried off all but his youngest son and all his possessions. He brought a plague upon his people and himself that afflicted him for the latter half of the mere eight years that he ruled, and apparently no one was sorry his reign was not longer. In the end he died from a horrible disease that killed him slowly and painfully and when he finally gone the text states, “And he departed with no one’s regret.” What a sad legacy to leave behind. So very unlike his father Jehoshaphat who brought blessing and prosperity to the land. Who was properly mourned and buried by his people.

The ironic thing about legacies is that people who leave lasting favorable legacies are not the ones who actively look for ways to be remembered. The ones who leave some of the most world changing legacies are those who had no intention of doing so, but simply focused on doing the right thing even when it was not popular.


About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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