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Friday, August 22 2014

2 Chronicles 24: The Rise and Fall of Joash

"Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him"

Joash became the king of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) as a restoration of the rightful heir to the Messianic throne of King David after the throne was usurped by Jezebel's daughter Athaliah (see The Fall Of The Evil Queen). His life was saved by his aunt Jehosheba (also known as Jehoshabeath) and her husband, the High Priest Jehoiada. With Joash's actual father dead, Jehoiada remained an adoptive father (he's even referred to as "his father") to Joash right to the end of Jehoiada's natural life.

"24:1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of Beersheba. 24:2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest. 24:3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters." (2 Chronicles 24:1-3 KJV)

All buildings require maintenance - including the Temple in Jerusalem that had been neglected during the previous corrupt regimes. Moreover, "the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim." Joash knew the Temple very well. It was first the place of refuge that saved his life, then the place where Jehoiada taught and defended the Law of the LORD. So Joash began the needed restoration of the Temple, just as the High Priest had restored the rightful monarch - Joash.

Jerusalem

"24:4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD. 24:5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

24:6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.

24:8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD. 24:9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness. 24:10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end. 24:11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

24:12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD. 24:13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it. 24:14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada." (2 Chronicles 24:4-14 KJV)

Joash remained a righteous leader until the death of Jehoiada. The High Priest (see The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One) had lived a long and faithful life to the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God); unfortunately, Joash did not. Despite all that he knew and experienced with corrupt and degenerate people, Joash later became a liberal fool just like the others before him.

"24:15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died. 24:16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.

24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them. 24:18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass. 24:19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear." (2 Chronicles 24:15-19 KJV)

One of the sons of Jehoiada, Zechariah, was a prophet. Zechariah would have been like a brother to Joash, but when Zechariah confronted Joash for his idolatry (see also Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?), they "stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD." Joash murdered a prophet of the LORD right at the Temple of the LORD. "Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son."

"24:20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.

24:21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD. 24:22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it." (2 Chronicles 24:20-22 KJV)

Joash had determined his own miserable end: "His own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings."

"24:23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus. 24:24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash. 24:25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

24:26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess. 24:27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead." (2 Chronicles 24:23-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who were the first idol worshipers?
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This Day In History, August 22

392: Flavius Arbogastes (popularly known as Arbogast), a Frankish general in the Roman Empire, had Eugenius elected Emperor of the Western Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

The Roman Empire

476: The barbarian Odoacer was proclaimed Rex Italiae ("the king of Italy") by his troops.

565: Columba, a prominent Irish monk of the Church of Rome, reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness - one of the earliest of such recorded sightings.

1138: The English battled the Scots at Cowton Moor. Banners of various supposed "saints" were carried into battle, which led to its being called the Battle of the Standard.

1350: John II, also known as John the Good, succeeded Philip VI as king of France.

1485: Richard III of England was defeated and killed at The Battle of Bosworth Field, the last of the Wars of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York.

1567: The Duke of Alba, sent to re-establish Spanish authority in the Netherlands, instituted the Council of Troubles at the start of his tyrannical rule. It was nicknamed the "Council of Blood."

1642: The Civil War in England began between the supporters of Charles I ("Royalists" or "Cavaliers") and of Parliament ("Roundheads").

1780: James Cook's ship HMS Resolution arrived back in England. Cook was killed at Hawaii during the voyage.

1846: The U.S. annexed (a political term meaning "take by conquest; as of territory") New Mexico from Mexico.

1864: The Geneva Convention for the protection of the wounded during times of active warfare was signed, leading to the formation of the Red Cross.

1910: Korea was annexed by Japan after five years as a protectorate.

1922: Irish politician and Sinn Fein leader Michael Collins was killed in an ambush. He was largely responsible for the 1921 Anglo-Irish treaty.

1939: Foreign ministers Molotov of Russia and Ribbentrop of Germany signed a non-aggression pact which paved the way for the German invasion of western Poland and for Russia to take eastern Poland and the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Germany and Russia soon thereafter declared war on each other.

1941: Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad. They eventually surrounded the city on September 8 at the start of the siege which lasted until January 1944.

1942: Brazil declared war on the Axis powers. It is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe during the Second World War.

1944: German officer Heinz Stahlschmidt deliberately blew up a bunker full of detonators, effectively preventing the planned destruction of Bordeaux by his own retreating German army.

1952: The French penal colony on Devil's Island (located approximately 14 kilometers off the coast of French Guiana in South America) was permanently closed.

1968: Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit Latin America, in Colombia.

1971: Bolivian President General Juan Jose Torres Gonzalez was deposed in a coup by Colonel Hugo Banzer Suarez.

2003: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended after refusing a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building (see also Turning The Tables to understand what the Ten Commandments actually looked like - and why they would need to be displayed so both sides could be read i.e. people would need to be able to walk around them to view both sides).





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