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Tuesday, June 17 2014
2 Kings 12: The Restoration Of Joash's Sanctuary
"He was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years"
Joash (also alternately rendered as Jehoash) survived Athaliah's attempt to annihilate the Messianic royal line (see What Did Jezebel's Daughter Do?) because he had been given refuge in the Temple by his aunt Jehosheba who was married to the High Priest Jehoiada.
"11:1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.
When the criminal Athaliah was removed as the "leader" of Judah, Joash was rightfully proclaimed king (see also the Fact Finder question below) of the Messianic line of Judah. Joash, as a direct ancestor of Jesus Christ, appropriately was given sanctuary in the Temple of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) during Athaliah's murderous reign. It was a place that Joash certainly regarded with personal fondness - for a short time after he became king. The normal maintenance of the Temple had been neglected during the time of Baal-worshipping Athaliah, so Joash ordered that the Temple be repaired to the state in which it had been constructed in the time of Solomon.
"12:1 In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. 12:2 And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 12:3 But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
As happened with numerous other kings of Israel and Judah, Jehoash's later life was filled with paradox and hypocrisy. He surrendered much of the Temple valuables to Hazael king of Syria when he threatened Jerusalem. He need only to have asked the LORD for deliverance from the threat, but he failed to do so.
"12:17 Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem. 12:18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem." (2 Kings 12:17-18 KJV)
The end of Joash's life, by assassination at the hand of his own servants, was a direct result of his becoming weak and apostate in his faithfulness to the LORD (see Joash Of Judah for a complete study of Joash from the historical record in both Kings and Chronicles i.e. "Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son"). Joash no longer looked to the LORD, so the LORD didn't look after Joash any more either.
"12:19 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 12:20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla. 12:21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead." (2 Kings 12:19-21 KJV)
Fact Finder: How are true kings elected? Who do they serve and represent?
This Day In History, June 17
1462: Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II, forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
1579: Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England. He called it Nova Albion. Albion, meaning "the white" ("albino" originated from the same root word) was an ancient name for the island of Britain, from the White Cliffs of Dover). The Spanish however were later to take possession of it and most of what is today the southwestern states of the U.S.
1631: Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 20 years building her mausoleum - the now world-famous Taj Mahal.
1673: French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reached the Mississippi River.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte incorporated Italy into the French empire.
1867: Joseph Lister performed the first surgical operation under antiseptic conditions on his sister Isabella, at Glasgow's Royal Infirmary in Scotland.
1876 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse (the leader of the Sioux at the battle of the Little Bighorn a few days later, in which Custer and his 7th cavalry were wiped out) repelled General George Crook's attack at Rosebud Creek in Montana.
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from Europe. While most are aware that it was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are realize that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom." A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, from the era of the birth of the Roman Empire, as shown in the photograph, shows Libertas (including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin); the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.
1924: The Fascist militia marched into Rome.
1925: 29 countries signed the Geneva Protocol which prohibited the use of poison gas in war.
1939: The last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, was beheaded in Versailles at the Saint-Pierre prison.
1967: China detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
1972: Five White House operatives were arrested at the Democratic Party Headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington. The break-in eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
1974: An Irish republican guerrilla bomb exploded at Westminster Hall, in the British Houses of Parliament injuring 11.
1994: After the "L.A. Freeway Bronco Chase," O.J. Simpson was arrested for the knife murders of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later acquitted of the murders by a jury of his "peers."
1997: During the Amsterdam conference of European Union members, a French diplomat replied in response to the slow progress of negotiations, "Rome wasn't built in a day" (see What Is The Mark Of The Beast? and What And Where Is Babylon Today?).