Under the influence of Jehoiada, Joash does what is right in the eyes of the Lord. When Jehoiada dies, Joash follows the advice of wicked counselors, is wounded by the Arameans, and is overthrown by his subordinates.
Money is collected for the temple: “The king ordered that a chest be made and placed on the outside of the gate of the House of the Lord.” (v. 8)
III. Select Verses
2-5a: Afterward, Joash decided to renovate the House of the LORD. He assembled the priests and the Levites and charged them as follows: “Go out to the towns of Judah and collect money from all Israel for the annual repair of the House of your God. Do it quickly.”
8-10: The king ordered that a chest be made and placed on the outside of the gate of the House of the LORD. A proclamation was issued in Judah and Jerusalem to bring the tax imposed on Israel in the wilderness by Moses, the servant of God. All the officers and all the people gladly brought it and threw it into the chest till it was full.
14b-16: Burnt offerings were offered up regularly in the House of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada. Jehoiada reached a ripe old age and died; he was one hundred and thirty years old at his death. They buried him in the City of David together with the kings, because he had done good in Israel, and on behalf of God and His House.
17-18: But after the death of Jehoiada, the officers of Judah came, bowing low to the king; and the king listened to them. They forsook the House of the LORD God of their fathers to serve the sacred posts and idols; and there was wrath upon Judah and Jerusalem because of this guilt of theirs.
22: King Joash disregarded the loyalty that his father Jehoiada had shown to him, and killed his son. As he was dying, he said, “May the LORD see and requite it.”
25: When they withdrew, having left him with many wounds, his courtiers plotted against him because of the murder of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and they killed him in bed. He died and was buried in the City of David; he was not buried in the tombs of the kings.
1-27. Joash king of Judah 1-16. With Jehoiada 1. Introduction 2. Righteousness 3. Wives and children 4-11. Money is collected for the temple 12-13. The temple work 14a. Surplus utensils 14b. Temple service 15-16. Jehoiada’s death; Royal burial 17-27. Without Jehoiada 17-18a. Wicked counsel and actions 18b. Divine response 19. Prophetic warnings 20-21. Zechariah is harassed 22. Joash kills Jehoiada’s son 23-24. Arameans raid the temple and wound Joash 25. The coup against Joash; Burial 26. The conspirators 27. Summary statement
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