He passed away–to no one’s regret

Scripture reading for April 27: 2 Chronicles 21-25

I have officiated at many funerals.  Most have been fairly well attended and most have been for people who knew the Lord and had a Christian testimony.  Sorrow is normal and mourning can go on for several months or more.  Usually, if a person is a great leader or a person who has had public contact and great influence, the funeral is well attended and many kind words are said.  I remember attending the funeral of a famous Christian musician and songwriter.  The service was three hours long and the graveside service another half-hour! This man ended well and there were lots of people who were sad that he had departed.  Of course, we all rejoiced that he was with the Lord for he had a strong Christian testimony.

But King Jehoram was a king of Judah who did evil in the Lord’s eyes.  He married a daughter of the wicked King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.  God raised up enemies who constantly caused trouble in Jehoram’s kingdom.  Jehoram sought idols and built pagan shrines instead of seeking the Lord.  The prophet Elijah sent him a letter that told him of his sins and the coming consequences.  (2 Chronicles 21:12-15)  This letter warned of God striking Jehoram’s family and then the king himself with a wasting disease of the bowels.  Jehoram was unresponsive to God’s warning.

God aroused the Philistines and Arabs, and they attacked Jerusalem and carried off all of Jehoram’s sons but the youngest.  Jehoram was afflicted with the disease of the bowels and he died in great pain.  There is no record that he sought the Lord or tried to find help from God. When this king died, there was no big funeral or celebration of remembrance.  No one mourned or was sad to see this king leave this world.  “And he departed with no one’s regret.” (2 Chronicles 21:20)

How are you living your life?  What kind of legacy are you leaving behind in your community and family?  What will people say about you and your life when you pass from this earth?  More importantly, what will God say about your life? 

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