Epistles of Thomas

October 14, 2009

2 Chronicles 22-24

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 22:21
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Ahaziah took the throne and also acted as wickedly as Ahab. He was soon killed and his mother Athaliah proceeded to try and destroy the entire royal family but Joash escaped and remained hidden in the temple for six years. Jehoiada the priest then had Joash installed as king and the temple of Baal destroyed. Joash was only seven but his reign lasted 40 years and he “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest” (24:2). Unfortunately, after Jehoiada died the king abandoned the temple and they worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Jehoiada’s son Zechariah condemned their idolatry but instead on repenting they stoned him to death in the temple courtyard! (24:21). Jesus referred to this event when he condemned the religious leaders of his day (Lk 11:51).

Joash was wounded in battle against the Arameans and as he lay injured some of his officials killed him in retribution for his killing Zechariah.

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