May 29, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

2 Kings Chapter 11 and Proverbs 19:21
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2 Kings Chapter 11 When Ahaziah’s mom Athaliah finds out that he’s dead, she orders a killing spree of the rest of the royal family so that she’ll be the only one with power. Fortunately, the daughter of King Joram, Jehosheba, manages to hide Ahaziah’s son Joash, saving him from the massacre of the other royal children. Little Joash and his nurse survive the six-year reign of Athaliah in hiding. ADVERTISING In the seventh year, the priest Jehoiada summons a group of soldiers and has them make an oath in the Lord’s Temple, swearing to defend Joash and divvying up their guard duties so that the child will have a permanent guard. Jehoiada commands them to kill anyone who tries to break their ranks. They do everything he tells them to do. Jehoiada provides them with swords and shields that once belonged to David. Jehoiada anoints Joash king, crowning him, and the soldiers cheer. Outside Athaliah sneaks into the temple and sees Joash being made king and the people rejoicing. She cries out “Treason!” and tears her clothes. Jehoiada tells the soldiers to capture her and kill anyone who tries to follow her—but he doesn’t want Athaliah killed in the temple. So they drag her outside and kill her at the horses’ entrance to the king’s house. Jehoiada makes a covenant between Joash and all the people to only be the Lord’s, from now on. So they go out and destroy Baal’s temple and kill the head priest, Mattan. Jehoiada has some soldiers guard God’s temple. Some other soldiers and the people head to the king’s house and Joash takes his place on the throne. Everyone celebrates. Joash (also called Jehoash) is seven when he starts his reign. Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.