Thursday, September 04, 2008

Joash (Jehoash) II Kings 12

II Kings 12:2 "And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him."

This is the story of a young king who was mentored by a dedicated priest. He was of the line of David and Beersheba. I believe the young king had a good heart. He set out to repair the house of the LORD. He took the money usually given to the priest's acquaintances and gave it to the workers but the workers did not make repairs with the money. So, another way was made.

v9 "But Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in the lid of it and set it beside the altar on the right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD; and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD."

It appears that there were a pretty good bunch of priests there at the time. They gave up their income but when that did not work, they gave up the offerings at the door.

v14 "But they gave that to the workmen and repaired therewith the house of the LORD."

Syria again attacked Israel and would have went up against Jerusalem itself but Jehoash bribed them to leave it alone by giving king Hazael the hallowed things but not only that, he gave up his personal stuff too. v18.

So Hazael left Jerusalem alone.

Then the servants of Jehoash conspired against the king and killed him.

v20 "And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy an slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla."

Amaziah took over who was the son of Jehoash or Joash. I saw no reason as to why there was a rebellion against the king but he was buried with his fathers in the city of David. v21.

Psalm 35:21 "Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it."

Keywords: Jerusalem, Bible Study, Kings, Old Testament, priests, Joash, Jehoash. The boy king of Judah.

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