Background of King Joash
King Joash’s father, King Ahaziah, was killed when he was a baby. King Ahaziah died when he was attempting to escape Jehu on the way up Gur. After Ahaziah died, the queen mother Athaliah attempted to kill everyone in Ahaziah’s family. However, the priest, Jehoiada managed to save the youngest son, Joash by hiding him in one of the storeroom at the temple for 6 years.
In the 7th year, Jehoaiada decided to anoint Joash as the king of Judah. He had to do this secretly because Athaliah would kill them if she finds out. Jehoiada appointed units of commanders of hundress to guard the temple. Jehoaida appointed 1/3 to guard the royal palace, 1/3 at the Sur Gate, and 1/3 at the gate behind the guard. Jehoaida gave weapons to each of the guards. They stationed themselves around Joash to protect him from the enemies.
When all the guards had stationed themselves, Jehoiada anointed Joash and proclaimed him as king. Everyone shouted, “Long live the king!”. The people shouted so loud and made so much noises that Queen Athaliah became suspicious and went to the temple. Queen Athaliah saw the king, standing by the pillar, with the officers and trumpeters beside him and the people rejoicing. When Athaliah saw this, she tore his robes and yelled treason.
Jehoaida instructed the men to kill her outside the temple and they killed her when the horses enter into the palace grounds. Joash became king of Judah when he was 7 years old. When Joash grow up, Jehoaida chose two wives for him so that he could have children.
Joash Repairs the Temple
Joash was a good king. He did whwt was right in God’s eyes during his early years. He commanded the priests and Levites to collect money for repairing the temple. However, the Levites did not take any action so he summoned Jehoiada to him and ased and ask him why nothing has been done yet.
After that, a chest was placed at the temple gate. The people and officials put money into the chest. Whenever the chest is full, the rotal secretary would empty it. Finally, they collected a large amount of money to repair the temple. The money was used to hire masons, carpenters and workers of bronze to repair the temple. Jehoiada died at 130 years old.
The Sin of King Joash
Joash and the people started to worship Asherah poles and other idols after priest Jehoiada died. God sent the prophet Zechariah to warn Joash but he did not listen. The people plotted against Zechariah and persuaded King Joash to stone him to death.Zechariah was the son of Jehoiada. Before Zechariah died, he pleaded God to deal with him for stoning him to death when he did not do anything wrong.
God punished Joash by sending the Syrians to invade Judah and Jerusalem. The Syrians plundered the Israelite. The Syrians army were only a few men compare to the Israelite army. Joash was wounded when the Syrians retreated. His officials assasinated him to take vengeance on the murder of Zechariah.
What Can We Learn from Joash?
Joash was a good king but he turn astray from the Lord in the later stage of life. Many Christians often grow dry spiritually some time after their conversion. We must always be fervent in following God and walking in his commandments all the time. To stay close to God, you should spend time with him every day. For example, you can pray, sing hymns, and read the bible every day. You should do your best to help others when they are in need. This is because as Christians, you must love one another as much as they love themselves.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (2 Timothy 4:7 KJV)
Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. (John 12:25 KJV)
Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. (Acts 11:23 KJV)
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24 KJV)
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (Romans 12:12 KJV)
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: (Ephesians 6:7 KJV)
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:19-23 KJV)