Joash Ruled as King of Judah For 40 Years

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Repair

Joash was only 7 years old when he became king of Judah, and he ruled for 40 years from Jerusalem (v.1). His mother was from the town of Beersheba.While Jehoiada the priest was alive, Joash obeyed the Lord (v. 2). Jehoiada even chose two women for Jehoiada to marry (v. 3). Some time later Joash decided to repairthe temple (v. 4). He got the priests and Levites together and told them to go everywhere and collect the annual tax from the people in order to repair the temple.(v. 5).

Joash sent for Jehoiada and asked him why he hadn’t sent the Levites to collect the taxes (v. 6)? There was a need to repair the temple because the sons of the evil woman Athaliah had wrecked it (v. 7). They had even used some of the sacred objects to worship Baal. Joash gave orders for as wooden box to be made and placed near the gate of the temple (v. 8). He then sent letters everywhere asking everyone to bring their money to Jerusalem and place it in the box (vv. 9-10). Every day the Levites took the box into the temple and the priest’s assistants would count the money (v. 11). This happened day after day, and soon a large amout of money was collected. They turned the money over to the men who were supervising the repairs to the temple (v. 12). It soon looked as good as new (v. 13). They didn’t use sll the money for the repairs so they used the balance of it to make dishes and other gold and silver objects for the temple (v. 14). Jehoiada died at the age of 130 years and was buried in the royal tombs in Jerusalem (vv. 15-16). (Source Unknown)

Application

Jehoiada was dilegent in doing the Lord’s work and I also need to do all the Lord asks me to do.

II Chronicles 24:1-15 (English Standard Version)

Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest. Jehoiada got for him two wives, and he had sons and daughters. After this Joash decided to restore the house of the LORD. And he gathered the priests and the Levites and said to them, "Go out to the cities of Judah and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that you act quickly." But the Levites did not act quickly. So the king summoned Jehoiada the chief and said to him, "Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from Judah and Jerusalem the tax levied by Moses, the servant of the LORD, and the congregation of Israel for the tent of testimony?" For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken into the house of God, and had also used all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD for the Baals. So the king commanded, and they made a chest and set it outside the gate of the house of the LORD. And proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to bring in for the LORD the tax that Moses the servant of God laid on Israel in the wilderness. And all the princes and all the people rejoiced and brought their tax and dropped it into the chest until they had finished. And whenever the chest was brought to the king's officers by the Levites, when they saw that there was much money in it, the king's secretary and the officer of the chief priest would come and empty the chest and take it and return it to its place. Thus they did day after day, and collected money in abundance. And the king and Jehoiada gave it to those who had charge of the work of the house of the LORD, and they hired masons and carpenters to restore the house of the LORD, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the house of the LORD. So those who were engaged in the work labored, and the repairing went forward in their hands, and they restored the house of God to its proper condition and strengthened it. And when they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, and with it were made utensils for the house of the LORD, both for the service and for the burnt offerings, and dishes for incense and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD regularly all the days of Jehoiada. But Jehoiada grew old and full of days, and died. He was 130 years old at his death.

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