2 Chronicles 24–Joash: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

(27 verses, 4:55 to read)

LISTEN and READ

What I am about to READ

  • The reign of king Joash and the death of Jehoiada the priest.

MARK

  • vv. 1-7:  Joash, under the tutelage of Jehoiada the priest, is a good and upright king of Judah.
    • He is literally raised in the house of the Lord (see chapter 22) and so as king he wants to see it restored to its former glory.
      • Joash’s uncles, the sons of Athaliah (his grandmother, who had tried to kill him as a baby), had previously ransacked the Temple and taken all of the things of value for the idolatrous worship Baals.
  • vv. 8-14:  A tax is levied in order to refurnish the house of the Lord.  This is seen as a good thing and all the people joyfully fill the coffers in order to re-establish the glory of the Temple.
    • Regular sacrifices are made during the priesthood of Jehoiada.
  • vv. 15-19: Jehoiada dies.  All hell breaks loose.
    • At 130 years old Jehoiada dies and is buried with the kings in Jerusalem; a great honor.
    • Many princes come to pay there respects.
      • In so doing they bend the ear of Joash, the king.
        • They encourage him to turn from the right and proper worship of the Lord and to the false worship of the Ashram and the idols.
    • The Lord sends many prophets to testify against this practice.
      • The prophets are not heard.
  • vv. 20-22:  Zechariah, Jehoiada’s son speaks against Joash.
    •  Joash does not remember the kindness of Jehoiada, nor does he repent of his idolatry.
    • Instead he has Zechariah killed.
  • vv. 23-27:  Joash no longer has the favor of the Lord
    • At the end of the very year in which Zechariah was martyred an army of Syrians comes to Judah.
      • Although they are much smaller than Judah’s army, the Lord gives them victory.
    • Joash is severely wounded during the battle
      • During his recovery, he is assassinated by his own servants in retaliation for the murder of Zechariah.

LEARN

  • It is interesting to see just how quickly our sinful flesh can run from the Lord.  Here we have king Joash, who was quite literally raised by the priest Jehoiada in the Temple of the Lord.  Jehoiada had not only brought him up in the one true faith but had also saved his very life from assassination by his grandmother.  And yet, in almost the blink of an eye, false doctrine and false belief find their home.
  • We should be most diligent in rooting out all false doctrine from our ears and in our hearts.  The Spirit alone, can keep us steadfast in His Word and so we pray that He continue to do so; as Luther’s explanation of the Third Article of the Creed so eloquently puts it.

MEDITATE

Prayer: (Lutheran Service Book, 655) Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word; Curd those who by deceit or sword would wrest the kingdom from Your Son and bring to naught all He has done.  Lord Jesus Christ, Your pow’r make known, for You are Lord of lords alone; defend Your holy Church that we may sing Your praise eternally.  O Comforter of priceless worth, send peace and unity on earth; support us in our final strife and lead us out of death to life.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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-Rev. Eli Lietzau, pastor
Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM

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