Suffering and Deliverance (Part 24) - Joash


20. Joash A. Judah had a wicked king named Ahaziah who was son-in-law to the house of Ahab (2Ki 8:25, 27). i. Ahaziah's mother Athaliah was Ahab's brother (2Ki 8:26 c/w 1Ki 16:28). ii. Ahaziah was killed by Jehu (2Ki 9:27). B. When Athaliah saw that Ahaziah was dead she attempted to kill all of his sons (2Ki 11:1) and succeeded with the exception of one. C. Ahaziah's sister Jehosheba hid Joash, Ahaziah's only remaining one-year-old son, and his nurse in the bedchamber and spared him from death (2Ki 11:2). D. He was hidden in the house of the LORD for six years while Athaliah reigned over the land (2Ki 11:3). i. When the wicked rise a man is hidden (Pro 28:12, 28; Jdg 6:2). ii. A nation is under judgment when women rule over them (Isa 3:12). E. When Joash was seven years old Jehoiada the priest showed him to the rulers of Judah and the captains of the guard and made a covenant with them (2Ki 11:4). i. Jehoiada devised a plan to secure the temple area and the king's house to protect Joash while they crowned him king (2Ki 11:5-8). ii. The captains of the guards followed his orders and stood ready with their weapons to protect Joash (2Ki 11:9-11). iii. They then crowned Joash and made him king with celebration (2Ki 11:12). F. When Athaliah heard the commotion, she went into the temple and saw the seven-year-old king Joash and cried "treason" (2Ki 11:13-14). G. Jehoiada the priest commanded her to be removed from the temple and killed (2Ki 11:15-16). i. Athaliah was judged with the judgment she executed on the king's sons (her grandchildren) and tried to execute on Joash (Deut 19:19; Est 7:9; 1Sa 25:39; Jdg 9:56-57). ii. The wicked will fall by their own wickedness (Pro 11:5; Pro 26:27). iii. Those who live by the sword die by the sword (Mat 26:52). H. Jehoiada made a covenant with the people to be the LORD' people, and they destroyed the religion of Baal and slew his priest (2Ki 11:17-18). I. Joash was placed on the throne, and people rejoiced and were in peace (2Ki 11:19-21). i. When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice (Pro 29:2). ii. When a nation has a good king the people can lead quiet and peaceable lives in godliness and honesty (1Ti 2:1-2). J. Joash was the only remaining heir to David's throne. i. He is in the royal lineage (through Joseph) of the Lord Jesus Christ. a. Mary's lineage is given in Luke 3 (Luk 3:23-38). (i) Mary was a descendant of David through his son Nathan (Luk 3:31). (ii) Joseph was called "the son of Heli" because he was Heli's son-in-law (Luk 3:23 c/w 1Sa 24:11, 16). (iii) Jacob was Joseph's biological father (Mat 1:16). (iv) Jesus was a biological son of David through Mary, but He inherited David's throne through Joseph because he was in the royal line through Solomon. b. Jesus inherited the throne of David through His step-father Joseph (Mat 1:6-16). (i) For some reason, Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah were left out of Matthew's genealogy (Mat 1:8), but they are included in 1Ch 3:11-12. (ii) Keeping in mind that Ozias in Mat 1:8-9 is the Greek spelling of Uzziah who also was called Azariah (1Ch 3:11-12 c/w 2Ch 26:1, 23), the following chart will show where Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah fit into the genealogy in Mat 1 (see attached outline). ii. If Joash would have been killed along with all the rest of the seed royal, Jesus Christ could not have inherited David's throne. iii. Joash's deliverance was clearly accomplished by the providence of God. K. Joash was a good king who reigned for forty years (2Ki 12:1-2) and led the effort to repair the house of the LORD (2Ki 12:4-16). L. There are some lessons we can learn from this. i. God can stop the evil plans of the wicked even when they think they have been successful. ii. Sometimes God allows innocent people to be killed due to no fault of their own. iii. God can use people in our lives to deliver us from death when we are completely helpless and powerless to defend ourselves. iv. God can take care of our children when we are not there or able to do so. v. God will sometimes let the wicked get away with their evil plots for years before He judges them and delivers the righteous. vi. God can use leaders, soldiers, and all types of people to deliver His people from danger or death. vii. The wicked will eventually get what's coming to them. viii. God may deliver us because He has plans to use us in the future to accomplish great things for Him.
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