Cedar Tree or Thistle?


This message is about a man named Amaziah. He had all the traits to become a great cedar tree but instead became a thistle. Have you ever met a man or woman who had a lot of good qualities and was pretty sure of themselves, driven even, and yet they didn’t know when to stop? A person who over steps their power? A usurper of authority–A person who forgets that HaShem brought them to the place and title they hold.

It’s always good to reflect on the place He brought us out of. what a new creation we are in Him who tells the sea where to stop and hung the night lights in the heavens. How wondrous, He is!

Amaziah’s name means, “The strength of the Lord.” Amaziah was the son of Joash king of Judah. He began to reign when he was 25 years old and The Bible says, “He did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord” 2 Kings 14:3 KJB. I have come to realize, we can do what’s right in the sight of the Our Father and still get some things real wrong.

When you read about this same king in the book of Chronicles it says, “Amaziah did that which was RIGHT in the sight of the LORD, BUT NOT WITH A PERFECT HEART” 2nd Chronicles 25:2 KJV.

So this King configures and strategically plots a huge battle that happens during his reign, and it changes him.

He was successful! This mighty King Amaziah struck down ten thousand. Do you remember what they used to chant to King Saul that ruffled his feathers? They said, “Saul has slain his thousands but David his 10 thousand.” King Amaziah had slain his 10,000. “He struck down ten thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt and took Sela by storm.” 2nd Kings 14:7 ESV.

Let’s get inside his brain for a minute and look at his strategy and his keen planning.

“Then Amaziah assembled the men of Judah and set them by fathers’ houses under commanders of thousands and of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He mustered those twenty years old and upward, and found that they were 300,000 choice men, fit for WAR, able to handle spear and shield. He hired also 100,000 mighty men of valor from Israel for 100 talents of silver” 2ND Chronicles 25:5-7 ESV.

Have you ever prepared for something huge in your life? You have everything in place, the date is set and then HaShem says, no?” You go to school to be an attorney, and you map out your college degree. You’ve been yearning to do Law work since you were young, and now the Father opens a door for you to foster children?

Amaiziah has a strategic plan in place. He thinks he knows just how it’s going to go. He has his men lined up, trained for battle and to top it off he has paid for and bought mighty men of Valor–and then a prophet shows up and says WOE, STOP!

“He says, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel…, with all these Ephraimites” 2 Chronicles 25:7 ESV.

So the prophet says, “But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy. For God has the power to help or to cast down.” 2nd Chronicles 25:8 KJV. What a powerful verse. Yahweh has the power to help or cast down.  But something is weighing on Amaziah’s mind and more so than the utterance of him falling before his enemies. So Amaziah looks at the prophet and says, “But what shall we do abut the hundred talents that I have given the army of Israel?” 25:9 KJV.

Money, money, money!

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world.”


The man of God answered, “The Lord is able to give you much more than this!”  So Amaziah releases the 100,000 and he strikes down the 10,000 Edomites as we read earlier.

Yes, he obeys.


2 Chronicles 25:14, “now it came to pass after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them and burned incense” KJV…

Again, God speaks in verse 15, “Wherefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Amaiziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, “Why have thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand? KJV”

Boy, Oh, boy! I thought I had trust issues in my past but this takes the cake.

Did you notice he was smart at conquering the 10,000 Sons of Seir (Esau’s descendants) but ignorant enough to worship their gods, who couldn’t even save them? How many times have we done the same type of sin? Relying on other people to meet our needs instead of HaShem,?

So this King gets something called power and wealth. He already has the title as King of Judah. Now that he has conquered Edom his pride begins to swell. Oh, the nasty pride has crept in.

Yep, he gets too big for his britches. He thinks he can go mess with a cedar, when he is but a thistle. His words get cocky, and his attitude gets him into trouble. He sends a messenger to the king of Israel and says, “Hey let’s look each other in the face…(let’s make WAR)

King Jehoash sent this message, read it slowly,

“The thistle that was in Lebanon, sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon saying, give thy daughter (Israel) to my son (Judah) to wife and there passed a wild beast that was in Lebanon and trod down the thistle. Thou hast indeed smitten Edom and thine heart hath lifted thee up glory in this and tarry at home; why should you meddle to your hurt, that thou should fall, even thou and Judah with thee?” 2nd Chronicles 25:18 KJV.

Amaiziah wouldn’t listen.  So the King of Israel looked him in the face and then he broke down his military walls, took all the vessels of gold and silver and all the treasures of the king’s houses and returned to Samaria…

The puffed up Amaizah became caught up in himself– meddling in things that did not pertain to him.  There is something about this message you may not have noticed. This man started out trying to obey God, and it is even written he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. In fact, HaShem sent a prophet, a time or two, and had him give up 100,000 men he had paid for and he obeyed. Have you ever had to pay for a car you didn’t own anymore? Have you ever had to walk away from a business or home you worked your whole life for? Paying for something you don’t get to keep is hard to release. If the Father told you to give up something and you are holding on to it due to money or titles, release it NOW!

Amaizah obeyed until the kingdoms of this world and the lust of the eyes and the pride of his accomplishments took over his heart; then he became puffed up and FULL of himself. Many think we are living in the last days. James has a warning.

“Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasures together for the last days” James 5:1-3 KJB.

What are we holding on to? Remember, the wise prophet said, “the Father is able to give you more than this!”





Photography by Ândrēw Yīsrâ’Ęl

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