Joash Becomes King of Judah (2 Kings 11:4 – 12)

Jehoiada brought the captains of hundreds–the bodyguards–and escorts into the house of the Lord.  He made a covenant with them and presented the king’s son to them.  He gave them assignments to guard the king’s house and two of the gates of the city.  Those going off duty at the king’s house would then be assigned to the Lord’s house.  At all times they would surround the king and kill anyone who comes within range of the king.  All the captains did what Jehoiada asked, and the priest gave the spears and shields of David to them.  The priest then brought out Joash put the crown on him, and gave him the testimony.  They made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!”

The principle I see here is that those who work or live under a person’s leadership should be sure to protect that leader.  While a leader must rule well, he must also be protected as he does lead.  Stand around your leader, and protect his or her name, integrity, and testimony.  Be a true follower of the man or woman of God.

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