2 Kings 12-14
The Divided Kingdom-Israel & Judah (various Kings), cont’d. 2 Kings 1-17
2 Kings 12:1-16-Jehoash reigned for 40 years in Judah...and as long as Jehoiada was priest he did what was right in God's eyes (2 Chronicles 24:2). He made financial arrangements for the house of the LORD to be repaired. They were to take the money that came in through the sacrifices and offerings and use it for the repairs. However, after 23 years it still was not done. We do not know how long this had been going on, or where the money that was supposed to be used for this project went to. So, Jehoash took the responsibility out of the hands of the priests and had the people who made the repairs paid directly from the funds. Jehoiada, the priest, made a chest and placed it at the entrance to the house of the LORD. People would put money in it to be used to renovate the house of the LORD.
2 Kings 12:17-19-Hazael, king of Aram (Syria) attacked Gath and then headed towards Jerusalem, Judah. Jehoash sent a tribute (he paid him to not attack) of all the items in the house of the LORD and much more to Hazael...and he did not attack.
2 Kings 12:20-The servants of Jehoash killed him at the Millo. Amaziah, his son became king.
2 Kings 13:1…Jehoahaz becomes king in Israel (814-798)
2 Kings 13:1-9-During the 23rd year that Jehoash reigned in Judah...Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu became king of Israel and reigned 17 years. For a long time he continued to lead Israel to sin against the LORD...but at one time sought the LORD, but did not totally stop his false worship. The LORD allowed Aram to constantly attack them and cause problems. Jehoahaz died...and his son Jehoash became king of Israel.
2 Kings 13:10…Jehoash (Joash) becomes king in Israel (798-782)
2 Kings 13:10-13-Joash becomes king of Israel (during the 37th year of Joash, king of Judah)...he reigned 16 years. He died and his son, Jeroboam became king of Israel.
2 Kings 13:14-25-Elisha becomes sick and is going to die...Joash, king of Israel visits him. Elisha predicts that Joash will defeat Aram at Aphek. Elisha died and was buried. Later, a dead man was thrown on top of his grave...and came back to life (:21). Hazael, king of Aram (Syria) died...and his son Ben-hadad became king. Jehoash took back the cities from Ben-hadad which Ben-hadad had previously taken from Jehoash’s father in war.
2 Kings 14:1…Amaziah becomes king in Judah (796-767)
2 Kings 14:1-22-Amaziah, son of Joash becomes king of Judah (during the 2nd year of Joash, king of Israel)...he was 25 years old and he reigned 29 years. He threatened to attack Jehoash, king of Israel. Israel defeated Judah...then tore down the wall in Jerusalem...and took all the gold, etc. Jehoash died, and his son Jeroboam became king. Amaziah, king of Judah lived 15 more years after Jehoash died. The people conspired against Amaziah and killed him...they made Azariah (his son), 16 years old, king of Judah.
2 Kings 14:23…Jeroboam II becomes king in Israel (794-753)
2 Kings 14:23-29-In the 15th year of Amaziah, king of Judah...Jeroboam became king of Israel...he reigned 41 years. He died and his son Zechariah became king in his place.
Prayer: Lord, it appears that somehow the funds that You had supplied for the maintenance and repair of the house of worship were not used to accomplish that purpose. We don’t know why…but it just didn’t happen. I pray that You will help me to use the gifts and skills that You have given to me to accomplish all of the purpose that You have in my life. Don’t let me squander, or waste, or misuse any of them. Please help me to have clarity of Your purpose for my life and to focus all that I am towards that objective.