Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Joash-Seven Year Old King II Chronicles 23

Ii Chronicles 23:1 "And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael, the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed and Manseiah the sonof Adaiah, and Elishaphat, the son of Zichri, into covenant with him."

When Ahaziah died, his mother Athaliah cleaned house by trying to kill all the seed royal. That is those who could claim the throne. One escaped with the help of his sister who was also the wife of a priest named Jehoiada. The child named Joash was hidden for six years then made king. He was instructed by Jehoiada.

So under heavy guard he was brought forward. Athaliah, who had ruled during this time was caught off-guard.

v12-13 "Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people into the house of the LORD: And she looked and behold the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king; and ll the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason."

She was arrested and taken out by the horse gate where she was executed.

Joash did quite well as long as Jehoiada was alive. See also II Kings 11: 17-20. There was a revival in Judah during this time.

v16 "And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between the king that they should be the LORD's people."

The story of Joash is continued in the next chapter.

Psalm 1:1 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."

The boy who was king of Judah. Jehoiada the, the priest who supported him.

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