Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest. 2 Chronicles 24:2
Joash was only seven years old when he became the king of the southern kingdom of Judah
and reigned for forty years in Jerusalem. His reign followed that of the wicked woman Athalia, who usurped the throne after the death of king Ahaziah. Because of his youthful age, Joash needed a wise counselor to guide the decisions he would be required to make. That counselor was Jehoiada, one of
With the help of his counselor, “Joash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest” and instituted many reforms. First, he reinstated the practice of giving the levy instituted by Moses (one shekel) for restoring the house of the LORD. The people of Judah responded by giving the required money, which was used to pay for the needed work. The money was entrusted to workers who could be depended upon. There was excess money given by the people which was used to prepare utensils for the house of the LORD.
Unfortunately, after the death of Jehoiada, Joash began to listen to counsel from a group of officials
of Judah and abandoned the house of the LORD. He began to serve false gods, ignoring the rebuke of
God’s prophets who tried to bring him and his counselors back to the LORD. Eventually, a small army
of Arameans defeated a very great army of Judah and despoiled the land. At the end, Joash was mur-
dered by his own servants. His good deeds were unable to overcome his unfaithfulness.
Prayer: Dear God, give us wise counselors to guide us in the way of truth found in Your word. May we
also be wise counselors to those who look to us for guidance.
Ralph Long, Bethel Baptist Church