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Dr. June Normil
Joash's grandfather, Jehoram, and fathwer, Ahaziah, were both failed kings. Jehoram had married Athaliah, the daughter of wicked king Ahab in the northern kingdom. He proceeded to follow the wicked ways of Athaliah's family, leading Judah into idolatry. Jehoram was followed tohis mother, Athaliah, for counsel and continued the wicked policies of his father. When the time came for Joash to be revealed, Jehoiada brought the people together (2 Chronicles 23:1-11). First Jehoiada declared that the king's son, a descendant of David, should reign. Second, the military leaders were given weapons that symbolized the reign of David and the triumphs of his mighty men ( see 1 Chronicles 18:7;2 Chronicles 12:9-10). Third, the king received a copy of the covenant (2 Chronicles 23:11). This likely included the scroll of the law of Moses, which every king was to read and copy in accordance with Deuteronomy 17:18-20. Athaliah had to be overthrown. After she decried the conspiracy as treason, she was swiftly removed from the temple grounds and executed as the real traitor (2 Chronicles 23:12-15). The time had come for Joash to assume the throne as king.
[For Pesonal Reflection] Howdo you respond when you feel as if God's plans for you are threatened?
JOASH TURNS FROM GOD ( 2 CHRONICLES 24:15-25)
None of us can choose the circumstances into which we are born, nor can we control the actions of those around us who greatly influence our lives. But we do have a say in how we respond to those realities. And we also have a choice as to the direction we will go in the most consequential decisions of our lives. Joash was born into a tumultuous situation, yet he chose to follow the way of the Lord, heeding the wise direction of a spiritually mature counselor. Yet later he turned abruptly and followed his own way. We, too, face consequential decisions. In it all, we must recall that we are accountable to God. If we go our own way, we will face disaster. But if we trust His sovereign love and wisdom, we can enjoy blessings beyond our imagination. How will you respond to God today?
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 99 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb. 2017 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil