Joash Becomes King – 2 Chronicles 23

English: Jehoiada was the High priest during t...

English: Jehoiada was the High priest during the reigns of Ahaziah, Athaliah, and Joash. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the seventh year after Athaliah took control, the high priest Jehoiada entered into a covenant with all of the commanders and gathered the Levites and introduced Joash as the rightful king. The covenant may have included a provision for Jehoiada to supervise the young king until he came of age. We do not know.

So the throne was restored to the Davidic line, according to God’s will. and the Levites and all of Judah did as Jehoiada commanded and prepared to crown Joash king. Jehoiada provided the captains with the spears and shields that were in the house of God, which had belonged to King David. And all the men stood watch while the king was crowned, ensuring his safety.

When Athaliah learned what was happening, she went into the house of the Lord and cried treason, tearing her clothes. Jehoiada would not let them execute her there. so they took her out to the entrance of the horse gate of the king’s house and put her to death there.

And Jehoiada made another covenant between himself and the people that they would be the Lord’s people. And they went to the house of Baal and tore it down, breaking all the images. They killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altar. Then they offered burnt offerings to the Lord and the people returned to a time of service to God.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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Ahaziah’s Reign in Judea – 2 Chronicles 22

English: Athalia was the queen of Judah during...

English: Athalia was the queen of Judah during the reign of King Jehoram, and later became sole ruler of Judah for six years. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the end of chapter 21, we are told of the raid made by the Arabians, who killed all of Jehoram’s sons except for one — Jehoahaz. Now in chapter 22, we find that after Jehoram’s death, his son Ahaziah was made king. They are, of course, names for the same person. He was twenty-two when he became king. His mother, Athaliah, was the granddaughter of Omri, and she encouraged him do evil in the sight of the Lord. So it was ordained by God that when he went to visit Joram, he was captured and brought before Jehu and put to death.

Athaliah killed all of the royal family after her son’s death, but Jehoshabeath, rescued Ahaziah’s son and stole him away from danger. Athaliah made herself ruler. But Jehoshabeath,the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of Jehoiada the priest, because she was a sister of Ahaziah,” kept the child, whose name was Joash, and hid him away from Athaliah for six years, while she reigned as self-proclaimed queen. So in this way, God kept the line of David alive for the future.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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The Ungodly Reign of Jehoram – 2 Chronicles 21

English: Joran(Jehoram of Judah) was the king ...

English: Joran(Jehoram of Judah) was the king of the southern Kingdom of Judah, and the son of Jehoshaphat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jehoshaphat had chosen his first-born son, Jehoram to become king after his death. He did so at the age of thirty-two, and reigned for eight years. He began his reign by first killing his six brothers, and some of the princes of Israel. The chronicler said that he “walked in the ways of the kings of Israel,” and did evil in the sight of the Lord. H took Ahab’s daughter as his wife.

It was during his reign, the chronicler writes, that the people of Edom revolted and set up a king of their own. He took his forces and all of his chariots, but the Edomites surrounded him. He attacked at night, but the the revolt was still not quashed. Then Libnah revolted as well because, as the chronicler says, Jehoram had forsaken the Lord.

Then Elijah, the prophet came and told him that because of his evil, God would bring a plague upon him, his people and his wives and children. He also said that he would die of a disease in his bowels. And God stirred up the anger of the Philistines and “the Arabians who are near the Ethiopians” against him. They took his possessions, along with his wives and children from his house. And Jehoram did indeed die of the disease that Elijah had spoken of. But according to the Lord’s plan for the house of David, one son was left behind. His name was Jehoahaz.

The chronicler said that when Jehoram died, “he departed with no one’s regret.” He was buried in the City of David, but not in the tomb of the kings.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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The Lord Fights for Judah – 2 Chronicles 20:18-37

7. King Jehoshaphat

7. King Jehoshaphat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After the prophet who was filled with the Spirit of the Lord had told the people in the temple that they would be victorius without having to fight. Jehoshaphat fell on his face and prayed. And the Kohathites and Korahites praised God in a loud voice. The next day, the people of Judah “went out into the wilderness of Tekoa.”

Jehoshaphat told them: “believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.” Meanwhile, God set an ambush for the Moabites and Ammonites at Mount Seir. In the end, they all began killing one another (verse 23. Then the people of Judah “came to the watchtower of the wilderness.” They saw scores of dead bodies, with none left alive. They spent three days taking the spoils for themselves, because there was so much.

On the fourth day, they assembled in the Valley of Beracah to bless the Lord. It was named Berach later, of course, and the name itself means “blessing.”  The surrounding countries learned of how God had fought for them, and they were afraid and kept their distance. So the rest of Jehosphat’s reign was peaceful He reined for 25 years, and did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. But the scripture adds that the high places were not taken down.

The chapter closes with the alliance that the king made with the northern king, Ahaziah, who verse 30 says acted wickedly. Together they built ships in Ezion-geber. to sail to Tarshish. Then the prophet, Eliezer, Prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying that because he had joined with Ahaziah, God will destroy what he had made. After that, the ships were wrecked and never made it to Tarshish.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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/Bob’s boy
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Jehoshaphat’s Prayer – 2 Chronicles 20:1-17

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English: Jerusalem and the Valley of Jehoshaphat from the Hill of Evil Counsel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Chapter 20, the Moabites and Ammonites mobilized to go up against Jehoshaphat’s kingdom. Some menm came to warn him about the throngs of warriors coming from Edom. They told him that they were in Hazazon-tamar, otherwise known as Engedi. Jehoshaphat became afraid, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. The people came from all over to “seek the Lord” in this matte.

 

Jehoshaphat came to the temple, and as king, he led them in prayer. The prayer in verses 5-12 is similar to part of Solomon’s prayer when he dedicated the temple.  In the assembly, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, the son of Zechariah, and he began to speak saying”

 

Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s…

…Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz… You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, hand the Lord will be with you.

The familiar words “do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed,” are the same words God said through Moses in Deuteronomy 31:6-8. It is good to remind ourselves that although God never promised bad things will not happen to us, we can take comfort in prayer, do all that we can in every situation, and leave the rest to God.

 

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Jehoshaphat’s Reforms – 2 Chronicles 19

Thomas Seddon - Jerusalem and the Valley of Je...

Thomas Seddon – Jerusalem and the Valley of Jehoshaphat from the Hill of Evil Counsel – Google Art Project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After Jehoshaphat returned to Jerusalem, he was visited by Jehu, the son of Hanani the seer. Jehu rebuked him for the alliance he had made with Ahab, but said that he had found favor with the Lord because he had “destroyed the Asheroth out of the land,” and also because he had set his heart “to seek God.”

So Jehoshaphat took his responsibility as king and with the service of God personally. He went out among the people “from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim,” bringing the people back to the Lord.  He appointed judges throughout Judah, and sternly admonished them to show no partiality or take bribes, but to take care to deal justly with the people.

he then appointed Levites and priests to “give judgment before the Lord, and decide disputed cases, and to do it “in the fear of the Lord, in faithfulness, and with your whole heart.” He set Amariah the chief priest and Zebadiah, the governor of the house of Judah over them to ensure that the law of the Lord was respected, and that justice was done.

 

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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Asa’s Folly – 2 Chronicles 16

English: Baasha of Israel was the third king o...

English: Baasha of Israel was the third king of the northern Israelite Kingdom of Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chapter 16 says that in the 36th year of Asa’s reign in Judah, Baasha (the king of Israel) went up against him and began building Ramah. Ramah was strategically located about 5 miles north of Jerusalem along the main road. Baasha’s goal in doing this was to prevent travel in and out of Jerusalem. So Asa took silver and gold from the treasury of the house of the Lord and took it to  the king of Syria, Ben-hadad. He reminded him of the covenant that had been between their fathers, which extended to them; and he asked him to break his covenant with Israel.

Ben-hadad complied and sent his armies to conquer cities in Israel. When Baasha heard what was going on, he dropped work on Ramah and went to salvage the rest of the country against the Syrians. When they left, Asa and his forces disassembled all that had been built in Ramah. He took all of the stones and timber from the city and he built Geba and Mizpah. Mizpah was very close to Ramah, but now it was under Asa’s control.

Hanani the seer came to Asa and rebuked him for going to the Syrians. He reminded him that because he had previously trusted in the Lord, God had given the Ethiopians and the Lybians into his hands. Because of his foolishness in not trusting the Lord, he told him, he would always have wars. Asa became angry and put the seer into prison in stocks.

Things went downhill for Asa from there, and he eventually got some disease in his feet. Gangrene? We are not told, but he died in the 41st year of his reign.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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Brothers Against Brothers – 2 Chronicles 13

Now that Abijah was king of Judah, there came to be a war between him and Jeroboam, the king of Israel. The text give some hint that Jeroboam may have instigated the was, seeking to re-unite the divided kingdom (under his ruler-ship of course. Abijah had troops with him of 400,000 in number, while Jeroboam had 800,000 “mighty warriors.” Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and addressed the Israelites.

Map showing the Kingdoms of Israel (blue) and ...

Map showing the Kingdoms of Israel (blue) and Judah (orange), ancient levant borders and ancient cities such as Urmomium and Jerash. The map shows the region in the 9th century BCE. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He reminded them of God’s promise to David, which meant that Jeroboam must not be their king. He also pointed to the golden calves, and the fact that the priest, Levites, and sons of Aaron had been driven out, and that they had unlawfully made priests of people who were not eligible. Their kingdom, their king, and even their service to God was all a lie, and they knew in their hearts it was so.

But while he spoke, Jeroboam sent troops to ambush Abijah and his men from the rear. Verses 16-20 state clearly that God defeated Jeroboam and his troops, and gave them into the hands of Abijah and his men, who took cities from Jeroboam’s kingdom. Verse 17 says that a half million Israelite were killed in this battle. A true blood bath, and Jeroboam never recovered his power against Abijah.  And according to verse 21, Abijah grew mighty.

Abijah’s speech in this chapter was impressive and seemed to foreshadow a great time of Godly leadership for the kingdom of Judah. But alas, we will see that such did not prove to be the case after this victory.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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Rehoboam’s Folly – 2 Chronicles 12

Rehoboam, a fragment of the Council Chamber murals

Rehoboam, a fragment of the Council Chamber murals (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rehoboam had been successful at strengthening his kingdom. And so, following God’s law had worked so well — that he abandoned it, verse one says, and all Israel with him. This is where the people of the kingdom sound like they are back in the cycle of the judges again. So in the 5th year of his reign, the king of Egypt, Shishak, brought 1,200 chariots and 60,000 horsemen, along with the Libyans, Sukkiim, and Ethiopians, and they took Rehoboam’s fortified cities. They came as far as Jerusalem. 

Shemaiah, the prophet came before Rehoboam and the princes of Judah that were gathered to discuss the situation, and he told them why this was happening to them. There were many who “humbled themselves” at that point. Because of this, God told His prophet that He would not let them be destroyed. But they would become servants to Shishak. 

So Shishak took away everything of value from the house of the Lord in Jerusalem and the king’s house. He even took the shields of gold that Solomon had made. Because Rehoboam “humbled himself” then, God allowed him to finish his reign, and he grew strong. He was 41 when he became king, and he reigned for 17 years. In verse 16, we learn that he died and his son, Abijah, became king.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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Rehoboam Secures His Kingdom – 1 Chronicles 11

Rehoboam - Abijah ( )

Rehoboam – Abijah ( ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rehoboam went to Jerusalem to gather warriors (180,000) to attack Israel and restore it to his kingdom. But God sent His prophet, Shemaiah, to stop him, saying that God does not want them to attack their brothers. So Rehoboam went home. But then, he began to secure the kingdom that he had.

As Jeroboam installed his own non-Levitical priests to assist in worship to the golden calves he had created and the idols in the high places, the priests made their way to Judah, and those who had “set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel” followed them there. The chronicler tells us that for 3 years hence they helped make Judah strong by walking in the way of David and Solomon.

Meanwhile, Rehoboam made the cities everywhere strongholds of defense. These fortified cities were well armed, and they would be able to resist attack from outside. Rehobaom knew that doing so would be a deterrent against the kingdom of Israel, as well as any other kingdoms that might threaten them,

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
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