2 Chronicles 24
The reign of Joash. This child was saved at the age of one, and was declared king at the age of seven. The faithful high priest continued the education of Joash and would have ruled the nation of Judah as regent until Joash came of age. Then later after the high priest Jehoiada died, Joash apostatized and fell into great wickedness.
The reformation and revival of true religion in Judah was largely the doing of this remarkable high priest Jehoiada! King Joash being faithful only until the death of Jehoiada; after which Joash turned aside into wickedness.
This is an example of a man who started off right and then went astray for our instruction today. Being called and baptized and even ordained a leader does not guarantee ultimate success.
2 Chronicles 24:1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Zibiah of Beersheba. 24:2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
It was important that the high priest chose godly wives for Joash; to save Joash from wicked influence later in life. Even so it is important that we also choose godly wives. And we should know that Jesus Christ will choose only those godly people who are absolutely dedicated to God the Father and to him; to become a part of his bride!
No person who exalts men or organizations or any other above his love for God and the Word of God, will NOT be changed to have a part in the spiritual bride of Christ. That means that without sincere repentance the vast majority of brethren WILL NOT be in the resurrection to spirit.
Nevertheless even having good wives did not dissuade Joash from apostatizing from God after the death of Jehoiada the high prtiest.
24:3 And Jehoiada took for him [for Joash] two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
Joash decided [doubtless convinced by the high priest Jehoiada] to repair and restore the Temple.
24:4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.
Joash sent the Levites out to take offerings to repair the temple, but they went about their own affairs like Vashti [Book of Esther] when she was called by the king to be an example for the nations.
Today the Ekklesias are called upon by Almighty God to restore zeal for the Word of God in their groups; and would rather resist that call in order to go about their own business. Today we will not turn away from our corporate idols to revive and restore the dying church of God to a passion for learning and keeping the Word of God.
24:5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.
24:6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief [high priest], and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
Athaliah and her sons had robbed and damaged the Temple and substituted Baal worship for the worship of God so that the Temple fell into great neglect.
Just as today the spiritual Temple has been neglected and let go to ruin because the leaders would rather be about their own business of leading the brethren to follow themselves, instead of focusing the brethren on a zeal to build our spiritual temple through learning and living by every Word of God.
Today the COG groups spend millions building monuments to their idols and neglect any zeal to keep the Word of God in their practical lives and to build up the spiritual Temple of God.
24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim. [Just like the Ekklesia are doing today.]
The Joash commanded that they place an offering box at the Temple gates for the refurbishing of the temple.
This blog has offering boxes for the work of cleansing and restoring the spiritual Temple of God. Please help us to do this most important work of restoring and cleansing the spiritual Temple of the Bride and helping to prepare the Bride for the coming of the marriage of the Lamb which is now at the door. Do you love God and his people as much as ancient Judah did, to help in his work? Please pray for this work!
24:8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD. 24:9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
Then the people of Judah rejoiced and gave their offerings to restore the Temple of God.
24:10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end. 24:11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
Then the work to restore the Temple got underway with vigor.
24:12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD. 24:13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.
24:14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
24:15 But Jehoiada [the high priest] waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died. 24:16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house [Temple].
Then Joash continued the work of restoring the Temple.
24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
But the people left off from their zeal for God and returned to their idols.
24:18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
Then God sent his prophets to warn the people and turn them away from their sin, but they would not be turned.
24:19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
24:20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the [high] priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them,
Then the new high priest warned the people
. . . Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.
Then Joash the now apostate king stoned the son of the high priest; the son of the man who had saved him, taught him and made him king
24:21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD. 24:22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father [of the stoned man] had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.
In spring when the kings went out to war around the first month of the new year.
24:23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.
24:24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.
Joash was killed for his apostasy and sin against the high priest
24:25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
24:26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
24:27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 25
Amaziah was a godly king but not fully wholehearted towards God.
2 Chronicles 25:1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 25:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
Amaziah executed justice on the rebels.
25:3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father. 25:4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.
25:5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
Amaziah, king of Judah also hired fighters from Israel.
25:6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.
Then the prophet of God warned the king of Judah to go up alone and depend on God and not the wicked of Israel.
25:7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.
The prophet of God warns that if God be for them they shall succeed, but if God be against them they shall surely fail.
This is a very important lesson for us today. If we are zealous for God and put our trust in Him, he will be for us; but if we think we can trust in alliances with the wicked, or get away with doing as we think best, we become separated from our God and he will be against us.
25:8 But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy [you shall fall if you take the wicked with you]: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.
Amaziah asks about his money and the prophet tells him that God can restore and give much more.
25:9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.
Then Amaziah obeyed the servant of God and sent Israel home, only to have these wicked men that he had hired turn against him.
25:10 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.
25:11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir [Edom] ten thousand. 25:12 And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock [the captives were killed by casting them off a high cliff], that they all were broken in pieces.
Then while Amaziah was fighting with Edom, the men of Israel attacked his cities in Judah. Imagine how frustrated Amaziah felt after he had obeyed God and sent these men home letting them keep his money.
25:13 But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, [coming from] from Samaria even unto [to attack] Bethhoron, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.
Here we have the reason that God allowed Israel to vex Judah! Amaziah did not give credit to God for his victory; instead he took the credit to himself; and if that was not bad enough, he set up the gods of the defeated Edomites as HIS OWN gods!
25:14 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir [the Edomites], and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.
25:15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?
Amaziah then rebuked the prophet saying that he was not the king’s counselor and commanded him to shut up lest he be thrown in prison.
25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king’s counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.
Then Amaziah sent to the king of Israel to war against him, because of the men of Israel who had attacked his cities.
25:17 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see one another in the face.
The king of Israel sought to dissuade the king of Judah from a war, and told him that he was puffed up with pride from defeating a little people [the Edomites] and should not come up against a strong nation like Israel.
25:18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.
25:19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
Amaziah would not repent of his sin against the God of Moses, and was given to the sword of Israel by the Eternal
25:20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.
25:21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face [in battle], both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah. 25:22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.
Amaziah defeated by Israel and was later killed by conspirators
25:23 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits. 25:24 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of the king’s house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.
25:25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years. 25:26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?
Then a conspiracy in Judah slew king Amaziah.
25:27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.
25:28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.