2 Kings 12

2 Kings 12 has Joash, who also seems to be called Jehoash, on the throne at seven years of age.  He sat on that throne for 40 years as king.  This is what scripture tells us about him: “Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him”.  That is a refreshing statement compared to the prior kings.  This young man really didn’t’ have a lot of experience in leading as he was just a kid.  But he did listen and follow the instruction of Jehoida, the chief priest.  And that put the kingdom on a good path of following God.

Jehoash asked the priests to make repairs to the house of the Lord but they weren’t getting the job done.  They were taking the tithes of the people that should be spent on those repairs, but they weren’t doing any repairs with it.  23 years into his rein, Jehoash decided they weren’t going to do the work and took the money from the priests and set up a plan to let the skilled workman take charge.  “Then they would give the money that was weighed out into the hands of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of the Lord”.  He created a secure way for those donations to come in, and he instructed a large number of workmen to fix up the house of the Lord.

The money was spent maintaining the building, not adding new things for the inside of it.  He had skilled craftsmen covering a variety of needed skill areas, and they kept the house in repair.  Interesting that scripture tells us the culture during this time was extremely honest.  “They did not ask an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to pay out to the workmen, for they dealt honestly”.  That says a lot about the leadership of Jehoash and the way people were living – no oversight needed – just honesty from all involved.

After 40 years leading Hazael who was king of Syria decided to move toward attacking Jerusalem.  Jehoash heads that off with a large gift to him, and “Hazael went away from Jerusalem”.  But things aren’t all rosy in the kingdom.  “His servants arose and made a conspiracy and struck down Joash”.  They kill their king and buried him.  “Amaziah his son reigned in his place”.  Even a good king has no guarantee that he will be spared from the hands of bad people, and these appear to be part of his own house.

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