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October 15, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 12 (ESV)

In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba. And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places....Continue Reading

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  1. It is a bit rare to find a king mentioned that was faithful to God, but Joash is one of them. But he did not go all the way and eradicate the false worship that was happening amongst the people. It is reflective of the things we allow to stay in our lives because of our dependence on them or familiarity with them that are ultimately not pleasing to God. May we learn to bring everything under the lordship of Christ. Yet it was a good thing that Joash was sensitive to the needs of the temple and made a plan for them to be addressed. It reminds me of all that goes into maintaining our building that God so miraculously provided for us.

    Now not knowing when Joash made that order, it does seem like the priests were padding their pockets with the funds rather than repairing the temple with them. Money can be a funny thing when we love it too much, and we need to watch how subtly and aggressively it can cause us to do things that are not right. And it seems like Joash took a while to notice that his edict was not bringing his desired result. But it is good to see a plan was put in place to address the issues and people acted honestly in it. Repentance and recovery is a wonderful thing as God gives a chance to make things right after we have done wrong.

    It is unfortunate that this practically righteous king is killed in a ignominious way. I guess we do need to watch our backs for what evil might be afoot……

  2. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba. 2And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places.

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