Episode 98: 2 Kings 12:1-21 The Rise and Fall of Passion for God

Living Water Community Church

01-02-2024 • 1 hr 48 mins

We explored the chapter in kings dedicated to the reign of Joash. He started out intent of bringing glory to God. He called the priest to account about the state of disrepair in the temple and he followed through with working to bring about the repairs which needed to happen. The tragedy is how as he aged he drifted away from his fervency for God and the temple. He actually gets to the point where he has Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest killed for calling them to repent and return to the true worship of God. This is really shocking because Jehoiada was really the only one he would have known as a father and it was Jehoiada and his wife Jehosheba who saved Joash from being killed by Athaliah when she tried to wipe out the royal descendants of king David. Zechariah would have been the only person in his life who was essentially like a brother. This shows us how far Joash had moved away from God. He preferred his idolatry over the family which had saved him and raised him. In doing this Joash led all of Judah into idolatry. Joash started really well but ended terribly. The writer of Kings is covering both the kingdoms of Judah and Israel so those in exile might see how they both are under judgment and they both need to seek the Lord with all their hearts.

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