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2 Kings 11:21
Joash was seven years old when he began to reign.
When Ahaziah, the son of King Jehoram, became king of Judah, he only lasted for one year and was killed by Jehu, who eventually led Israel. When Ahaziah was killed, his infant son Joash was sheltered in safety by Ahaziah’s sister Jehosheba. The reason this was necessary was because Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah (the grandmother of Joash), was hungry for power and had the whole royal family killed except for the infant Joash. Joash was kept in the temple of the Lord, guarded by his nurse in a bedroom, without his wicked grandmother knowing about it. For seven years, this wicked woman ruled Judah until the priest, Jehoiada, had the boy crowned and his grandmother killed. At this point, Jehoiada had the temple of Baal torn down and worship of the Almighty was restored in Judah. I know it’s layered, but stick with me.
The priest, Jehoiada, became like a father to Joash, and because of it Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord as long as the priest lived. He made radical and righteous changes to Judah for the sake of the Lord. Joash was kept alive as a baby by his auntie and a nurse. Then the priest Jehoiada brought him into a place of nurturing and loving, protective people, which certainly included education and medical support and training in the ways of God. He was nurtured by Judah’s finest. Even as a boy-king, he continued to be loved by all around him, and he yielded to the elders in his life to the point that Judah was restored to the worship of the Almighty! But before anyone begins to praise the boy king, remember “No One Gets There On Their Own.” That would include you and me.
This AM, I’m thinking back to the many people who have loved me and helped me and corrected me and stood with me in my life. Never for a minute would I ever take credit for where I am today. It’s only by Your grace and the many helpers that I even stand. Thank You, Jesus. Amen