Traveling Through the OT – January 19th
Today we are in the land of Judah, still with our boy king and the priest, now his regent. Thankfully, the priest lives strong for our Lord.
2 Kings 11: 13-21, 2 Kings 12:1-16; 2 Chronicles 23:12-21, 2 Chronicles 24:1-16
Ding Dong the wicked queen is dead. And sweet little Joash now becomes king at the age of seven. Thankfully at the footstool of this young king, is our mighty and righteous priest, Jehoiada, that originally hid this young boy in his lair. Jehoiada, the priest, proves to be the real thing. A real warrior for God. A true and righteous man that keeps his word. How rare these things go together today, honor among those of influence in the political world.
“All his life Joash (the young king) did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight because Jehoida the priest instructed him.” 2 Kings 12:2
Let’s take a closer look at Jehoiada, the priest, at his background and honorable qualities.
He was married to a princess, placing him automatically in a place of power. He used this place of power as an advantage for God. He made a covenant between himself, the young king, and the people of Judah, that “they would be the Lord’s people”. He led these same people to tear down the temple of Baal. He established precedence and became a role model to the king and to this nation.
The young king grows up a little, decides to make some decisions of his own, and rebuild the temple of God. He acquires the help of his dear friend Jehoida, the priest, again. Always up for the challenge, our honorable priest teaches us how to care for others and be an honorable leader. He gives money received as donations to “construction supervisors, who hired masons and carpenters “to get the job done. He could have recommended something much more sinister as a means to restore the temple. Jehoiada lived to be 130 years old. He was buried among kings because “he had done so much good” for the people of his land.
What lessons can we learn?. We are called to exemplify these same qualities that Jehoiada exemplified. We are believers of Christ and made a covenant to God to be his people. We are adopted into his kingdom. We are called to be role models for God in our own circles of influence, whether it’s a nuclear family of three, a board you sit on at work, or the people you wave to in your neighborhood. We are called to be kind, honorable, fair to our fellow men, providing virtuous leadership to those that we influence. As children of God, you do influence others. We all do.