I had to go back to my cheat sheet (pictured) for 2nd Chronicles 22 23 24… perfect reading for a rainy day of staying inside… the names are a puzzle of A’s and J’s, but the stories are all about the good saves…
Summarizing, the good kings get killed and the bad kings get killed. Yup… And often at the hands of each other. Importantly, the southern divided kingdom, Judah, was where David’s descendants were kept as a blood line from where Jesus’s earthly Light would be born into. “Does anything good come from Judah?” They would ask later on… Well, YEAH!
So after GOOD king Jehoshaphat, his son king Jehoram was BAD, grandson king Ahaziah was also BAD plus his mother Queen Athaliah was SUPER BAD, she even revenged king Ahaziah’s death by killing the whole rest of the family except one. (Her son Ahaziah was killed by the north bad king Jehu… remember all north was bad, and south kings had glimmers of good in a few, very few). (If you think your family or people you know have family drama, surely Jesus can say: I UNDERSTAND! Both men and women good and bad… but God is not stopped. )
Ok, so here was a GOOD SAVE. Queen Athaliah killed the whole family line in Judah EXCEPT a hidden away baby, Joash, hidden for 6 years. Joash became king at age 7, he was good for a while, known for rebuilding Solomon’s temple. The woman who saved king Joash, Jehosheba, was a daughter of a king, sister of a king, wife of a priest Jehoiada. It is SO important that we can see many women in The Bible who were so very responsible for God’s mission on earth coming to fruition. Women bear fruit! Physically and emotionally and strategically. SO IMPORTANT that these women were in the right place at the right time.
It is also SO important that good priests kept faith and were advisors to kings! Even now. You don’t have to be a king to make a big difference in the kingdom. There’s a quote: “We are not on Earth to see how important we can become, but to see how we can make a difference in people’s lives.”
And so king Joash was protected by strong brave woman Jehosheba and strong brave priest Jehoiada. Evil Queen Athaliah lashed out “Treason, Treason” and was captured and put to death. The kingdom people rejoiced and under priest Jehoiada’s inspiration went out and destroyed the false god Baal’s idol worship areas. Priest Jehoiada made good counsel for king Joash, and helped the kingdom people restore the temple, paid the builders, keep the line of David intact by finding wives for Joash for their children to be born into David’s line.
Sadly, later after priest Jehoiada dies. Joash abandoned the temple of the Lord and worshiped false idols again. God’s anger came on Judah and Jerusalem. Although the Lord sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen. Peopleforgot/forget God and all He’s done...
Joash even forgot about the good done by priest Jehoiada and when his son, priest Zechariah, was filled with the spirit of the Lord and warned them, they stoned him to death by order of king Joash.
So, these good kings were not perfect and the temple was built and torn down, robbed, repurposed for worship of false gods again. What a contrast to the final GOOD TEMPLE, GOOD KING of all kings, Jesus. When Jesus came He said this Temple (meaning Himself) would be knocked down but RAISED FOREVER. Jesus got both the kingdom and us into the best GOOD SAVE.
Kings will come and go. But Jesus rules over all. (And how refreshing to see the saving work of so many women AND men in the Bible. This is Jesus’s story of us, the good the bad and the saved…)
Yes, Jesus, the Light from Judah, was and is OUR GOOD SAVE.
Exerpts from 2nd Chronicles 22-24
[North king Jehu] went in search of (South king] Ahaziah, and his men captured him while he was hiding in Samaria. He was brought to Jehu and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He was a son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.” So there was no one in the house of Ahaziah powerful enough to retain the kingdom. When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family of the house of Judah. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes who were about to be murdered and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Because Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of the priest Jehoiada, was Ahaziah’s sister, she hid the child from Athaliah so she could not kill him. He remained hidden with them at the temple of God for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.
Ch23:18on Then Jehoiada placed the oversight of the temple of the Lord in the hands of the Levitical priests, to whom David had made assignments in the temple, to present the burnt offerings of the Lord as written in the Law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing, as David had ordered. He also stationed gatekeepers at the gates of the Lord’s temple so that no one who was in any way unclean might enter.
He took with him the commanders of hundreds, the nobles, the rulers of the people and all the people of the land and brought the king down from the temple of the Lord. They went into the palace through the Upper Gate and seated the king on the royal throne. All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was calm, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword.
Joash Repairs the Temple
Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest. Jehoiada chose two wives for him, and he had sons and daughters.
Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the Lord. He called together the priests and Levites and said to them, “Go to the towns of Judah and collect the money due annually from all Israel, to repair the temple of your God. Do it now.” But the Levites did not act at once.
Therefore the king summoned Jehoiada the chief priest and said to him, “Why haven’t you required the Levites to bring in from Judah and Jerusalem the tax imposed by Moses the servant of the Lord and by the assembly of Israel for the tent of the covenant law?”
Now the sons of that wicked woman Athaliah had broken into the temple of God and had used even its sacred objects for the Baals.
At the king’s command, a chest was made and placed outside, at the gate of the temple of the Lord. A proclamation was then issued in Judah and Jerusalem that they should bring to the Lord the tax that Moses the servant of God had required of Israel in the wilderness. All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full. Whenever the chest was brought in by the Levites to the king’s officials and they saw that there was a large amount of money, the royal secretary and the officer of the chief priest would come and empty the chest and carry it back to its place. They did this regularly and collected a great amount of money. The king and Jehoiada gave it to those who carried out the work required for the temple of the Lord. They hired masons and carpenters to restore the Lord’s temple, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the temple.
The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them. They rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it. When they had finished, they brought the rest of the money to the king and Jehoiada, and with it were made articles for the Lord’s temple: articles for the service and for the burnt offerings, and also dishes and other objects of gold and silver. As long as Jehoiada lived, burnt offerings were presented continually in the temple of the Lord.
Now Jehoiada was old and full of years and he died at the age of a hundred and thirty. He was buried with the kings in the City of David, because of the good he had done in Israel for God and his temple.
The Wickedness of Joash: After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger came on Judah and Jerusalem. Although the Lord sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen.
Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.’”
But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple. King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah’s father Jehoiada had shown him but killed his son, who said as he lay dying, “May the Lord see this and call you to account.”
At the turn of the year, the army of Aram marched against Joash; it invaded Judah and Jerusalem and killed all the leaders of the people. They sent all the plunder to their king in Damascus. Although the Aramean army had come with only a few men, the Lord delivered into their hands a much larger army. Because Judah had forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, judgment was executed on Joash. When the Arameans withdrew, they left Joash severely wounded. His officials conspired against him for murdering the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they killed him in his bed. So he died and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
Those who conspired against him were Zabad, son of Shimeath an Ammonite woman, and Jehozabad, son of Shimrith a Moabite woman. The account of his sons, the many prophecies about him, and the record of the restoration of the temple of God are written in the annotations on the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.