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2 Chronicles 24:17
After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them.
The king in this passage is Joash, who was seven years old when he was crowned king of Judah. His grandmother was the wicked woman named Athaliah, whose son was named Ahaziah. This young man was named King of Judah at 22 years of age, and his wicked mother spoke into his life and told him what to do. But then he was killed by Jehu, whom the Lord had chosen to destroy the house of Ahab. King Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah heard what had happened and had all of the potential future kings killed so that she could rule Judah. She ruled for six years, and she was wretched. But Joash, one of the sons of Ahaziah, was also the nephew of a woman by the name of Jehosheba, who was King Ahaziah’s sister and the wife of the priest Jehoiada. She took the baby and hid him in the temple so that the wicked Athaliah could not find him. I know this is confusing, but we’re going somewhere. Jehoiada, the priest, rose up against the wicked Athaliah and had the little boy Joash, now seven, crowned King of Judah and killed the wicked Athaliah. For many years the man of God Jehoiada was the voice of the little king, even through his adult life. Joash did great things for the Lord. In time, however, Jehoiada the priest died, and when he did, the officials of Judah came and spoke to Joash, and the Bible says, “HE LISTENED TO THEM!”
It’s easy to see that a seven-year old little boy would have no clue as to how to lead adult people. Yet, when the right person is speaking into your life, anyone at any age can lead people. Now, remember this took place in a very primitive time in history. Yet the succession of kings was the way of life, and people respected this form of government. The man of God Jehoiada wanted the will of God for his people. He became Joash’s voice, and Judah prospered. But when the priest died, the king, who was used to listening, began to listen to the wrong people. When he did, all of his good work suddenly turned south. He even had the priest Zachariah, the son of Jehoiada, killed for speaking the truth. Not long after, he was wounded in battle, and his own administrators had him killed while lying in bed. All of this happened because a loved king listened to the wrong voices. It begs the question this AM. “Who Are You Letting Speak Into Your Life?”
This AM, I’m reminded that your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my pathway. Your Word is the predominant voice in my life, yet I want to ask this AM that you would always send the right people to speak into my life as well. Amen
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