Day 89 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 2 Chronicles 24 to 27
🍇Simple thoughts for 💫deeper meditation.
"So Jotham became mighty because he prepared his ways before the Lord, his God" 2 Chronicles: 27: 6
The story of Jotham stands out among the stories of the other Kings of Judah, because the Bible does not report anything negative about his life. Jotham lived a brief life and he had a short reign, but he was faithful to the Lord. It is not how long we live that
counts, but how we live.
⚡ His mother's name was Jerusha, daughter of Zadok. The Zadokites were priests set apart to serve the Lord. So let us infer that his mother and her family descent influenced Jotham to become godly.
⚡ According to the Bible, motherhood is a responsibility and calling from the Lord-one of the ways we can glory and serve Him. The scripture contains examples of mothers who had both positive and negative influence on their children, depending on their
own lifestyles and parenting. The Word of God teaches mothers to point children toward Christ by praying for them, modeling faith and character and training them in wisdom. ( Prov:I: 8, 29:15)
⚡ Let us consider some examples. Lois and Eunice ( 2 Timothy: 1:5 ) Paul says that the "sincere faith"that Timothy possesses was from his grandmother Lois and Eunice. Jochebed, Hanna, Elizabeth, Mary mother of Jesus, are some other shining examples of godly mothers in the Bible.
⚡ In the history, we come across, Susanna Wesley managed a large household of 18 children, including John Wesley and
Charles Wesley, who became the founders of the Methodist movement. Monica had a great influence on her son Augustine's life.
Abraham Lincoln's famous testimony is pertinent to be remembered." No man is poor, who has had a godly
⚡Dear Mothers, what is your influence on your children? How do our family descent influence our children?
⚡ God gave so many victories to Jotham in his short period of reign. It is specifically written, "he prepared his ways before the Lord his God, so Jotham became mighty"
⚡ Although Jotham's chapter in Chronicles is short, one of the statements in John's epistle stands true about his life, "And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides for ever" ( 1 John: 2:17 ) Let us pray, Lord help us to learn from the good example of Jotham.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
As long as he sought the lord, God gave him success. 2 chron 26..5
But after Uzziah became powerful, his Pride led to his downfall 2 chron 26:16
Uzziah became a great military leader having a large and a well equipped army.He conquered Philistines,Arabians,and Ammonites.As long as Uzziah continued to seek the lord and follow His ways he was given grace ,strength and help to rule as a king.
But he became proud of his successes.He failed to realise he had accomplished it with the help of God.He became so proud even intruding into priest office to burn incence upon the altar of incence. Azariah ,the fearless priest along with 80 other priests approached Uzziah and said It is not right for him to burn incence to the lord but for the priests. Uzziah royal ego was inflated.He thought he had spiritual authority as well as political authority over his people.
Uzziah became very angry with his priests and while he was angry ,the judgement of God fell on him and leprosy broke out on his forehead.He ran out of the temple and was cut off from the people.and he could never enter the temple again.and died as a leper.
When God blesses a man ,he should never get puffed up.He should be thankful to God and be very careful not to get proud.He should be humble.because God detests the proud .Pride led to the downfall of Uzziah.Proud Uzziah was humbled,taken from high life to low life,from honor to disgrace
God's word says in Num 3:10 So you can appoint Aaron and his sons and thtey shall attend to their priesthood but the outsider who comes near ,shall be put to death. Uzziah could not live above God s law .So God judged King s refusal to heed to His law.but was merciful to him and didnot kill him.
Lord ,we thank you for the good things ,the successes we enjoy in our life.Help us to be obedient to your word.Help us to depend on You and stand firm in our faith till the end.Help us to be humble always and live for your glory in our lives.In Jesus name Amen
HEARTS THAT ARE LIFTED UP
Asa, Joash, Amaziah, Uzziah – same pattern:
🚩 Started well. Walked with the Lord. Did what was right in God’s eyes, but at a certain point slid away from God.
🚩 All refused godly counsel.
🚩 Joash going as far as to kill his cousin Zechariah for daring to correct him.
All were filled with a sense of their own status, importance, infallibility.
🐍 Pride as we all know is thinking highly of ourselves. The other side of that coin – is thinking less of others.
These kings saw who came to correct them as inferior to them, and thus lacking the authority/right to correct them.
👉But we are the same isn’t it?
👉Do we like it when those who are “below us” – economically, socially or relationally correct us?
👉How often do we see people park cars in the wrong place and then try to pull rank over the hapless cop/security guard who comes to correct them?
We teach our children not to lie.
👉But are we willing to accept correction from them when they catch us out on a lie/white lie and correct us?
It’s hard for us as parents because we don’t like to admit we can be wrong.
I know that I resented being stopped by a new security guard at the entrance to a friend’s apartment block. The first thought that came to me was, ‘Can’t you see I am not a thief, terrorist or murderer?’ I felt my back stiffening with pride, and I spoke with a ‘posh’ accent & arrogant tone to put him in his place.
Then I felt the Holy Spirit whisper, ‘Alice, he’s doing his job. You don’t have to make him feel small.’
I turned back to him and said (in my “everyday” voice), ‘Thank you for doing your job.’
👉Jehoshaphat’s heart was lifted up/soared in the ways of Jehovah. [2 Ch 17:6]
Pride lifts us up and causes us to soar with pleasure at our own glory and bristle with anger at 'disrespect'
🔑 What causes my heart to soar?
🔑 The end of a thing is better than its start, and a gentle spirit is better than pride. Be not quick to let your spirit be angry; because wrath is in the heart of the foolish. Ecc 7:8-9
Father God, how easy it is to get onto our high-horse and look down on others. How hard it is to accept correction, because I don’t like to see myself as ‘small’. Help me Father to keep my eyes on the Cross, to remember the humility of our Saviour who made Himself of no account. Help me to be open to receiving correction, no matter who is doing it. Help me to conquer the “how-dare-theys”… In Jesus Name. Amen.
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Joash Repairs the Temple
Joash was 7 years old when he became king. Joash did good in God's sight all the years of Jehoiada the priest. He decided to restore the temple. A chest was placed outside the gate. All the people dropped in money generously and a large amount was collected and the repairs began. It was completed before the priest died.
👑 The Wickedness of Joash 👑
After the death of the priest the attitude of the people changed. The temple was abandoned and they worshipped Asherah poles and idol. According to the warning of the prophets they were forsaken by God. The army of Aram came against Judah and all the leaders were killed. Joash was severely wounded and he died.
👑 Amaziah 👑
Amaziah the son of Joash succeeded him. He went against Edom and brought back their Gods. He bowed to the Gods and sacrificed. He went against Israel. Judah was routed by Israel. The walls of Jerusalem were broken and they plundered the temple articles. Amaziah turned away from following the Lord and he was killed.
👑 Uzziah 👑
Uzziah succeeded Amaziah. He did what was right in God's eyes. As long as he sought the Lord he was given success. God helped him against the Philistines. His fame spread and he was powerful. After he became powerful his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to God. He entered the temple to burn incense and he was raging at the priests. Leprosy broke out on his fore head. He was afflicted by God and he had to live in a separate house.
👑 Jotham 👑
Jotham became king of Judah after his father Uzziah. He did good in God's sight. But the people followed corrupt practices. He conquered the Ammonites. Jotham became powerful because he walked steadfastly before God. He died after resigning for 16 years.
📋 Lesson We Learn 📋
We see in today's passage that those who steadfastly followed the Lord were blessed abundantly. Those who forsook the Lord were ruined. Our God is a God of Justice. We are in the time of grace. Punishments don't fall on us as it did in the Old Testament times. We should never take advantage of God's grace and fall into sin. May the Lord help our Christian lives to be always pleasing to God, to be steadfast and whole hearted.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa 📝
I AM THE PROMISE AND JUDGEMENT
⏳ Joash Repairs the Temple
Joash became king of Judah at the age of seven, and he ruled in Jerusalem for forty years. His mother was Zibiah from the city of Beersheba.
💫 He did what was pleasing to the LORD as long as Jehoiada the priest was alive.
He ordered the priests and the Levites to go to the cities of Judah and collect from all the people enough money to make the annual repairs on the Temple. He told them to act promptly, but the Levites delayed,
They sent word throughout Jerusalem and Judah for everyone to bring to the LORD the tax which Moses, God's servant, had first collected in the wilderness.
All of them worked hard, and they restored the Temple to its original condition, as solid as ever.
⏳ Apostasy of Joash
The LORD sent prophets to warn them to return to him, but the people refused to listen.
⏳ Amaziah Reigns in Judah
He did what was pleasing to the LORD, but did it reluctantly.
⏳ Uzziah Reigns in Judah
Following the example of his father, he did what was pleasing to the LORD.
⏳ Jotham Reigns in Judah
He did what was pleasing to the LORD, just as his father had done; but unlike his father he did not sin by burning incense in the Temple. The people, however, went on sinning.
⏳ Be fair with Innocent ⚖
AS I AM
I AM COMING SOON
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
"GODLY or WORLDLY INFLUENCE."
Joash, the great grandson of King Jehoshaphat was made the King of Judah at the age of 7 and ruled in Judah for 40 years.(2 Chronicles.24:1).( BC 836 - 796.) The Godly chief Priest Jehoiada was instrumental in crowning him as King.(2 Chronicles.23).At the crowning ceremony itself , Jehoiada gave "a copy of the covenant" to the 7 year old King and brought him up in Godly ways. Jehoiada even chose Godly wives for the King.(24:2) Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.(24:2)
Because of this Godly influence, King Joash took the initiative "to restore the temple of the Lord"(24:4) Temple of the Lord was abandoned and even its objects were used for Baal worship by Queen Athaliah.(23:17; 24:7).
After the death of Jehoiada, King Joash listened to the advice of wicked people. "They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and worshipped Asherah poles and idols."(24:18) Although the Lord sent prophets to bring them back to Him, they didn't listen. King even ordered the killing of Zechariah, son of Jehoiada for trying to bring him back to God.(24:19-21). As a result, the anger of God came upon Judah and Jerusalem.(24:18)
The army of Aram invaded Judah and Jerusalem, killed all the leaders, looted the country and left Joash severely wounded. Later Joash was killed by his own people.(24:23-25) King Joash and Judah paid a big cost for forsaking the Lord of their fathers.(24:24).
The life of King Joash is a good example of the influence of Godly people and worldly people in a person's life.
Who are the people who are influencing us and our children?
How much time, we and our children spend infront of TV, internet or social media in a day?
How much time do we and our children spend with GOD and His word in a day?
Thanking God for people from nearly 90 countries and in around 35 languages who are part of our 240 days Bible reading programme. Hope you are also enjoying the reading and study of God's word.
Let us continue to pray for one another and encourage more people to join our programme.
We are completing 90 days of our Bible reading and study. May I request you to share in the group, how this programme is helping you in your spiritual life. If possible, please include your name and place also in the message.The purpose is to glorify the Lord and to encourage one another.
(I will be in India for few more days.)
He loved the soil and not his soul
Uzziah was a king who not only fortified Judah and strengthened Jerusalem's walls but he was a brilliant military strategist who is associated with the first war machines (2 chr 26:15).
He was also a farmer who took a delight in his land and loved the soil; he built towers to defend his flock and provide shelter, wells to quench thirst (2 chr 26:10-11).
He loved the soil and slowly allowed this love to corrupt his soul. He looked at everything he had done and assumed it was due to his strength. He blatantly entered the temple and took up the role of a priest.
So God made him a leper, banishing him not only from the temple and his palace but his beloved soil. Only Jesus can occupy the role of King and Priest in our lives.
Love for power and self is a strange thing. It has a pervasive influence that corrupts the soul. But Jesus showed us that we could overcome this love for the soil, replacing it with love for the word (Lk 4:3-12).
Let us take time to love the soil today and make the land we live in a better place for our future generations. But let us pray that our love for the soil never replaces our love for God.
A GOOD START... A SAD END.
2 Chronicles 24: 1- 26 Joash, king of Judah started his life well but ended pathetically.
His good works...
* He decided to restore the Lord's temple which was destroyed by that "wicked woman Athaliah". ( 2 Chronicles 24: 7).
* An "offering box" was made in wood and placed outsize at the gate of the temple of the Lord.
Joash encouraged the people of the land to bring to the Lord the tax that Moses commanded the Israelites.
Officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly and dropped them in the box till it became full.
* With the money Joash repaired the temple of the Lord.
* The temple was rebuilt according to its original design.
* Burnt offerings were offered continually.
Surely there would have been a great rejoicing and revival in the land.
His evil deeds.
Just after Jehoiada's death
🔹 Joash abandoned the temple of the Lord.
🔹He worshiped Asherah poles and idols.
🔹He stoned and killed Zechariah his cousin, son of Jehoiada the priest.
?🔹 How could he do that??!!
😔 The army of Aram invaded Judah and Jerusalem, killed all the leaders and plundered the temple.
😔 They left Joash severely injured.
😔 Finally Joash was murdered by the son of an Ammonite woman and the son of a Moabite woman ( 2 Chronicles :24:26).
- Joash forgot how the Lord graciously rescued him while all his brothers were killed and how He made him the king of Judah.
- He forgot the goodness of Jehoiada who was like a father to him and trained him in the ways of the Lord..
- Because of his unfaithfulness he lost the favor of the Lord and men.
we may have begun our spiritual race well. Let us also be careful to end it well.
Let us not lose our vision and our calling and fall in the trap of the devil.
"No one who puts his hand to the plow and turns back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Let us commit ourselves and our dear ones under the care of our Lord, plead for His grace to strengthen us tofinish our lives well in this world and then enter in His glorious presence.
King Joash began his reign well, but this continued only throughout the lifetime of the priest Jehoiada, 2 Chronicles 24:2.
He even took keen interest in getting the temple repaired, vs 4. However, after Jehoiada death, he listened to the advice of the officials of Judah and they abandoned the temple of the LORD God of their ancestors, and worshiped the Asherah poles and idols, vs 18. When Zechariah, Jehoiada son, condemned them for their backsliding, they plotted against him and stoned him to death, vs 20,21. From then onwards God caused the Syrian army to attack Judah and Jerusalem and defeat them, although the Syrian army was relatively weak and much smaller in size! In this manner God gave Joash what he deserved, vs 23,24! Ultimately two of his servants killed him! His son Amaziah then replaced him as king, vs 27. He did what the LORD approved, but not with wholehearted devotion, 2 Chronicles 25:2. He started out well, but soon backslid to worshipping the God's of the Edomites, vs 14.
God sent a prophet to rebuke him for this, but to no avail, vs 15,16! Because of his unwillingness to humble his pride and repent, God allowed him to be deceived, and engage in a battle with the King of Israel, which he lost and ended up as his slave, vs 20-23! From the time Amaziah turned from following the LORD, conspirators plotted against him in Jerusalem, so he fled to Lachish and eventually, he was assasinated in Lachish, vs 27! His son Uzziah was made king in his place, 2 Chronicles 26:1. He did what the LORD approved, and as long as he followed the LORD, God caused him to succeed, vs 4,5. But sad to say, that once he became powerful, his pride destroyed him. He disobeyed the LORD his God and entered the Lord’s temple to offer incense on the incense altar. And when the priests tried to stop him, he got angry on them and while he began ranting and raving at the priests, a skin disease appeared on his forehead right there in front of the priests, vs 16-19. He suffered from this disease until the day he died and so, lived in separate quarters, vs 21. His son Jotham replaced him as king, vs 23. Jotham grew powerful because he was determined to please the LORD his God, 2 Chronicles 27: 6.
After his death, his son Ahaz replaced him as king, vs 9. So we see from the lives of these kings that when they followed the Lord wholeheartedly, they had peace with their neighbours, and even if they were threatened by war, they prospered even when their army was smaller or weaker than that of their opponents and were able to gain much plunder as a result! However, death, destruction, captivity or disease followed those who rebelled against God's laws and chose to walk in disobedience! As we consider our own lives in the light of these examples, we will do well to find out whether the sickness, financial problems, marital problems, relational problems with children, relatives, neighbours etc are because we are not walking in obedience to the Lord's commandments or whether it is just an attack from the enemy to hinder us from fulfilling our God-appointed purpose in life! If it is on account of the former, then we must be honest and repent and seek wholeheartedly to settle issues between God and man, so that the problems can be solved. But, if it is on account of the latter, then we can be overcomers through our faith, coupled with prayer, fasting and praise and worship.
It is then that God will enable us to demolish the strongholds of satanic forces that are coming against us and lead us on to victory and great triumphs for his glory in the coming days. Whatever, be the case, let us seek God wholeheartedly and in all honesty, knowing full well that the victory is already ours in Christ Jesus!