2 Kings 10:32-12:21; Acts 18:1-22;
Psalm 145:1-21; Proverbs 18:1
Joash was seven years old when he became king.
~2 Kings 11:21
~2 Kings 11:21
2 Kings 10:32-12:21
In the seventh year, the priest named Jehoiada decides it is time to crown Joash as the King of Judah. With guards stationed appropriately, Jehoiada crowns him king. Athaliah tears her robes and cries "treason" upon seeing this. The temple guards follow Jehoiada's commands and kill her at the palace gates.
It seems that it will be a new day for the Southern Kingdom as the priest makes a covenant between the Lord, the king, and the people that they will be the Lord's people from now on. The people act upon this covenant by tearing down the temple of Baal, destroying the altars, and smashing the idols. They also kill the head priest of Baal. They then carry their new boy king to the palace. Joash is seven years old when he is crowned king.
Joash implements a program to repair the Temple of the Lord. It had apparently been neglected by past kings of Judah. Joash pays off King Hazael with treasures from the Temple in order to prevent him from attacking Jerusalem.
Lessons: This story shows us the incredible influence that a good teacher of God can have on a whole society. This one man Jehoiada, saves the king, teaches him the ways of God, rids the land of an evil ruler, promotes the relationship between the whole population of Judah and its leaders and God. This man leads a revival. That is what we call being salt and light in the community.
How can you be salt and light in your community? Think of ways that you can influence and impact others. Do you teach anyone what you know about the Bible? Do you participate in political activities?
Isn't it cool that Jesus would come tell Paul that he already knows who is going to come to him through Paul's preaching? This is strong motivation for Paul to put up with the nonsense that the unbelieving Jews throw his way. They bring him before the governor and try to say that he is breaking laws. The governor is not buying it and releases Paul.
He finishes this missionary journey by going to Ephesus in modern day Turkey. From there he goes to Caesarea, Jerusalem and then, back to Antioch in Syria.
Do you consider that the Lord is watching your life and is involved and interested in the details, just like he was involved in the details of Paul's life? Do you behave like Jesus is a member of your team? Would it change anything if you thought this way?
Vs. 4-6, "Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts. I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness." This is what Jehoiada did by teaching and influencing Joash. Have you told the next generation about Christ?
People who are reclusive are self-indulgent. I bet they don't realize that.
What did you notice as you read?