Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Joash Saved from Athaliah II Kings 11

II Kings 11:2 "But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain."

Ahaziah (king of Judah)had gone to visit the king of Israel about the time that Jehu was doing away with the house of Ahab and Jezebel. He tried to escape but was mortally injured. When his mother heard about it, she killed all the sons that might inherit the throne except Joash who was hidden. She then ruled Judah. Athaliah was the daughter of Omri, king of Israel. c8v26. Chapter 8 says her son walked in the ways of Ahab. c8v27

v3 "And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land."

A priest named Jehoiada, who happens to be the husband of the woman who saved Joash, called a meeting of the guard when Joash was 7 years old. Once security was set up, they anointed the young boy king of Judah. Athaliah came to see what the commotion was all about and upon seeing the crown on the boys head,, rent her clothes and called Treason, Treason. v14 She was then taken outside the house of the LORD and killed.

v18 "And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD."

v21 "Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign."

You may have noticed the name difference, I believe the change can be explained by the events.
Joash means to whom Jehovah hastens - he was taken and hidden in haste.
Jehoash means whom Jehovah bestowed which is the original form of Joash. The kingship was bestowed upon him.
Names often describe who a person is in olden days.

Proverbs 29:1 "He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy."

Keywords: Israel, Bible Study, Judah, Ahab, Jehu, Jeboash, Joash, Old Testament. Athaliah rules for a time. Seven year old king.

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