2 Kings – Chapter 12

2 Kings chapter 12

Verses 1, 2 – Joash, (Johoash) became king at 7 years of age and reigned 40 years. The Bible records he did what was right in the sight of the Lord as long as Jehoiada, the high priest, instructed him.
Verses 4, 5 – The temple was in bad need of repair because it had been neglected and damaged by previous evil leaders, especially Athaliah (2 Chronicles 24:7). This neglected condition of the temple revealed how far the people had strayed from God.
Verses 6-8 – By the twenty-third year of King Joash, the priests had not done what had been designated with the money collected. The priests were supposed to be in charge of directing and paying the workmen. By the king’s order, the money was directly placed into the hands of the workers.
Verses 13-15 – These overseers were so honest that no accounting was necessary.
Verse 15 – What a contrast between the workmen who needed no accountability of the use of money, and the priests who were in charge for twenty-three years. As trained men of God, the Levites should have done better. Though the priests were not dishonest, they just didn’t have the commitment needed for this task.
Verse 20 – The reasons for the official’s plot against Joash are listed in 2 Chronicles 24:17-26. Joash had begun to worship idols; had killed the prophet Zechariah, and had been conquered by the Arameans. When Joash turned away from God, his life began to unravel. The officials didn’t kill Joash because he turned from God; they killed him because his kingdom was out of control. In the end, Joash became evil and was killed by evil men.

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