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2 Kings 13:5[ESV] Therefore the LORD gave Israel a savior, so that they escaped from the hand of the Syrians, and the people of Israel lived in their homes as formerly.

Who is this savior?

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2 Kings 13:

4Then Jehoahaz sought the Lord’s favor, and the Lord listened to him, for he saw how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel. 5The Lord provided a deliverer for Israel, and they escaped from the power of Aram. ...

9 Jehoahaz rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. And Jehoash his son succeeded him as king.

A chapter late, the identity of this individual is revealed in 2 Kings 14:27

And since the LORD had not said he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Jehoash. 28As for the other events of Jeroboam’s reign, all he did, and his military achievements, including how he recovered for Israel both Damascus and Hamath, which had belonged to Judah, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?

Jeroboam II took Damascus and Hamath from the king of Aram (Syria).

Who is the savior in 2 Kings 13:5?

Jeroboam II.

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We should remind ourselves of one of the OT's central teachings:

  • Isa 43:3 - For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
  • Isa 43:11 - I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no Savior but Me.
  • Isa 45:17 - But Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation;
  • isa 45:21 - Speak up and present your case— yes, let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago? Who announced it from ancient times? Was it not I, the LORD? There is no other God but Me, a righteous God and Savior; there is none but Me.

Thus, the only Savior was and is God - God used people as his instruments of salvation such as the many judges as chronicled in the book of Judges. During the time of the kings is Judah and Israel, while David and his successors were earthly kings, they were to recognize that the real king of Israel was God. 1 Sam 8:7, 8, 24:6, 2 Sam 19:21, 1 Chron 28:5, 2 Chron 9:8, 13:8, Ps 5:2, 44:4. See also 1 Sam 12:14.

It is in this sense that Jehoahaz became God's instrument to save Israel from the oppression of the Arameans.

  • 2 Kings 13:4, 5 - Then Jehoahaz sought the favor of the LORD, and the LORD listened to him because He saw the oppression that the king of Aram had inflicted on Israel. So the LORD gave Israel a deliverer, and they escaped the power of the Arameans. Then the people of Israel lived in their own homes as they had before.

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