Read II Kings 11 -- 13
Athaliah reigns; David's descendants murdered; Joash crowned king; he repairs the
When Athaliah, daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, received word that her son, King Ahaziah, was dead, she seized the throne of
However, God intervened and saved one-year-old Joash (Jehoash), the sole link that preserved the dynasty of David and the lineage through which Jesus Christ would come (see II Kings 11:2; II Chronicles 22:11-12). Joash remained in the protective care and influence of Jehoiada the high priest, hidden in the House of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land (II Kings 11:3).
When Joash was about seven years old, Jehoiada brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the Testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save (long live) the king (11:12). The excited shouts caught the attention of Athaliah, who ran into the Temple court just in time to hear Jehoiada the high priest command the captains of the guard to execute her (see 11:15). And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they should be the LORD's people (11:17-18).
And Jehoash (Joash) did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him (12:2; II Chronicles 24:2). Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of
By Jehoiada, who protected Joash and, in holy judgment, had Athaliah slain (II Kings 11:4-16). Christ keeps us safe to fulfill His will and will return to judge all who obey not the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 1:8).
11:7 two parts = two companies; 11:8 compass = surround; 12:5 breaches = the damaged places; 12:11 laid it out = paid it out; 13:6 grove = the place to worship the goddess Ashtoreth.
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Thessalonians 5:22