2 Chronicles 23-25
The Kings of Judah, cont’d. 2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21
2 Chronicles 23:16-24:27…Joash (Jehoash) becomes King of Judah (835-796)
2 Chronicles 23:1-15-In the 7th year of Athaliah's reign...Jehoiada (high priest) made a covenant with many of the key leaders of Judah to make Joash king. They gathered the military and religious and anointed him king in the Temple. Athaliah began to shout that it was treason…but she was arrested and put to death.
2 Chronicles 23:16-21-Jehoiada made a covenant with the people that they would be “the LORD’s people”. So, they reestablished the Law, killed the priest of Baal, and destroyed the altar of Baal.
2 Chronicles 24:1-16-Joash was 7 years old when he became king and he reigned for 40 years..."And Joash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest" (:2). Joash decided to restore the Temple. The sons of Athaliah had damaged it and used it for profane worship (:7). The Levites did not act quickly enough in the process, so Joash set up a chest for collections (:8). Jehoiada died at 130 years old...and they buried him with the kings (:16).
2 Chronicles 24:17-27-When Jehoiada died, Joash no longer followed the LORD…and the people returned to their practices of pagan worship. God spoke to them through several prophents. One of those prophets was Zechariah (the grandson of Jehoiada, cf. Mathew 23:35). He told the people that God had forsaken them because of their actions. Joash led the people to stone him. As Zechariah died he said that God would avenge his death. Not long after the Arameans attacked and conquered Jerusalem...there was only a small army (:24) and Israel had a large army. The servants of Joash murdered him...and did not bury him with the kings. His son, Amaziah became king.
2 Chronicles 25:1-28…Amaziah becomes King of Judah (796-767)
2 Chronicles 25:1-13-Amaziah was 25 when he became king and he reigned for 29 years. "And he did right in the sight of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart" (:2). Amaziah paid troops from the northern kingdom (Ephraim) to help him in war...but a man of God told him that God did not want him to use them...so he sent them home. This took great humility on his part. But on their way back to Israel, these troops attacked several cities in Judah.
2 Chronicles 25:14-28-After defeating the Edomites, Amaziah worshiped their gods. God sent a prophet to tell him that he was wrong to do so...but he refused to listen. Then Amaziah called Joash (king of Israel) to war. Israel defeated Judah...and tore down the walls in Jerusalem. The people of Judah conspired against Amaziah and killed him.
Prayer: Father, Joash followed You as long as Jehoiada was around. But when Jehoiada died…Joash forsook You. I pray for my children. They are grown up now and have children of their own. I hope that while they were at home that they learned from me what it means to live for You…and that now, that they are on their own, they will continue to live for You. I pray that they will exceed me in their love and faithfulness to You. I pray that with each succeeding generation there will be yet a deeper commitment to You and that when You come back…You will find every member of our family, every single one of our descendants, faithfully serving You.