Posted by: thaishin | August 10, 2015

King Menahem

2 Kings 15

16 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.  -kjv

16 At that time Menahem, starting out from Tirzah, attacked Tiphsah and everyone in the city and its vicinity, because they refused to open their gates. He sacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women.  -niv

16 At that time, starting from Tirzah, Menahem attacked Tiphsah, all who were in it, and its territory. Because they wouldn’t surrender, he attacked it and ripped open all the pregnant women.  -hcsb

Observation and comments:

The times during the kingdom of the ten tribes is often marked with cruelty and murder, notably here the murder of the pregnant women of the city of Tiphsah by Menahem. Menahem was a cruel king. Just because the citizens of Tiphsah did not yield to him, he did all the atrocities as described above. Yet we noticed that full retribution did not come immediately after the deed, only that the King of Assyria invaded his land. Pul, the Assyrian king was only to be bribed by Menahem of 75,000 pounds of silver and withdrew from the land. We see God is merciful to Menahem and granted him ten years of reign as king and granted him a restful burial. Menahem reigned until 742 B.C.

Murder was what Menahem son of Gadi did to king Shallum son of Jabesh to grab the throne of the ten tribes and yet we see God is merciful to him. The God of Israel is long-suffering but judgment will be what awaits King Menahem after his death.

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  1. Like wise God is the same God during the Old Testament Days. Even with us people today God may not punish immediately after we sin but God will allow some terrible events to happen to us. Then when the judgment comes during the end, the merciful God will judge each of us according to the Holy Scriptures fairly. God’s eyes are always open and “the book of life” is within his reach to record the evil deeds done by each.


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