Today Athaliah murders all the royal heirs except her grandson Joash escapes. Joash’s aunt hides him for 6 years and when he is 7 years old his uncle, Jehoiada the priest, organizes a revolt. See, the Lord isn’t going to allow someone to wipe out all the heirs of King David because God is keeping His promise and working His plan to send our Savior through this bloodline.
So Jehoiada the priest makes Joash king of Judah and has Athaliah killed. While Jehoiada the priest was alive the king and all the people served the Lord. But once Jehoiada the priest dies, King Joash begins listening to the wicked advice of the leaders in Judah. “Therefore they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served wooden images and idols; and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem because of their trespass. Yet He sent prophets to them, to bring them back to the Lord, and they testified against them, but they would not listen.”
Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, pronounces judgement on the people for turning from the Lord. King Joash has the people stone him and as Zechariah is dying he says “The Lord look on it, and repay!”. The Lord will repay this evil just as He promised His children in the wilderness. “It is mine to avenge; I will repay…” (Deut 32:35)
We end the reading back in Israel where the Lord is allowing Israel’s enemies to overtake them bc they will not turn from their wickedness to the Lord, although the Lord has graciously warned them over and over again through His prophets. “In those days the Lord began to cut off parts of Israel; and Hazael conquered them in all the territory of Israel…” King Jehu dies and his son Jehoahaz becomes the next king of Israel.
Tomorrow Hazael, king of Syria, goes up against Judah and we hear Elisha’s final prophecy. Keep reading.
(2 Kings 11:1-3, 2 Chronicles 22:10–12, 2 Kings 11:4-12, 2 Chronicles 23:1-11, 2 Kings 11:13-16, 2 Chronicles 23:12-15, 2 Kings 11:17-21, 2 Chronicles 23:16-21, 2 Kings 12:1-16, 2 Chronicles 24:1-22, 2 Kings 10:32-36)