Joash Assumes Rule in Judah (2 Kings 11:13 – 12:16; 2 Chronicles 24)

After the priest and the people began to celebrate Joash as king, Athaliah, his evil grandmother, came into the temple and saw the event.  She cried out that this was treason, and the priest, Jehoida, had them take her out and kill her in the king’s house.  Then Jehoida made a covenant between the Lord, the king, and the people.  The people then rushed to the temple of Baal and tore it down and killed Baal’s priest.  They then took Joash (hereafter called Jehoash) to the king’s house, and sat him on the throne.  Jehoash was only seven years old.

Jehoash reigned in Judah for forty years, and did what was right in the sight of God under the tutelage of Jehoida the priest.  He ordered that all the money brought in from certain offerings be used to repair damages to the temple.  When the repairs were not made, Jehoash ordered them to stop setting those offerings aside, and Jehoida placed a collection box at the entrance to the temple for repairs.  Once the box was filled, they collected it and gave it to the workers to do repairs.  This got the job done, as the workers were faithful to do the work.

Jehoash began his reign as a very young person, but heard from the priest and restored Judah to proper worship.  Too often, kings would do what they felt was right, and ignore the law and instructions of the Lord.  In this case, a young king heard from the man of God and did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.  If we would drive out the negative influences (Athaliah) and hear from men and women of God (Jehoida), we would be set up to do the will of God and fulfill His purpose.  Listen to the voices that lead you to the perfect will of God, not the voices that lead you into error or that oppress your God-given role in His kingdom!

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