2 Chronicles 23

2 Chronicles 23 has a turn of events as “Jehoiada took courage and entered into a covenant with the commanders“.  Jehoiada was a godly man who was concerned with restoring the throne of David to the line of David, and taking it away from this daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. He was also the husband of Jehoshabeath, the woman who hid the young boy Joash and protected him from the Athaliah’s massacre.  Jehoiada put his own life at risk to restore the rightful heir to the throne and confront the evil that was occurring.

Jehoiada does more than just cut a deal to bring the young son to the throne.  Athaliah had reigned for six years because no one knew any alternative.  Jehoiada had a plan to remove the wicked Queen Athaliah and to replace her with Joash, the rightful heir to the throne. These leaders needed to follow his plan carefully, and to do it on the Sabbath. Jehoiada chose the Sabbath for the day of the coup, because that was the day when the guards changed their shifts and they could assemble two groups of guards at the temple at the same time without attracting attention.

His plan was that “all the people shall keep the charge of the Lord. The Levites shall surround the king, each with his weapons in his hand. And whoever enters the house shall be put to death”.  He knew there would be resistance from Athaliah.  But he had a plan in place.  And “they brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony”.  Joash appeared before the people holding the scrolls of God’s Word.  Athaliah hears the noise and comes to the temple to see what the commotion is all about.

She tore her clothes and accused them of treason, but Jehoiada had prepared and had the guards ready to slay her.  It was a just sentence against this woman who had murdered so many, and precautions were taken so she could not resist Joash being put on the throne.  Going further, “Jehoiada made a covenant between himself and all the people and the king that they should be the Lord’s people”.  He establishes the relationship that would move forward between God and His people.  “All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet after Athaliah had been put to death with the sword”.  The evil queen is gone at last!

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