December 25, 2016

2 Chronicles 24-25 - 
Joash was 7 yrs. old when he became king; he was king for 40 years in Jerusalem...  Taught and trained by Jehoiada, Joash did what pleased God throughout Jehoiada’s lifetime.  Jehoiada picked out two wives for him... 

The time came when Joash determined to renovate the Temple..but the Levites dragged their feet and didn’t do anything...Then the king called in Jehoiada and asked why the Levites were dragging their feet.  Following the king’s orders, they made a chest and placed it outside the entrance to the Temple.  Then they sent out a tax notice...the people and their leaders were glad to do it and cheerfully brought  their money until the chest was full....When they had finished the work, they returned the surplus money that was then used for making sacred vessels for Temple worship... 

But after the death of Jehoiada things fell apart... Things went from bad to worse, they deserted the Temple of God and took up with the cult of a sex goddess.  God sent prophets to straighten them out but nobody paid attention.  

Then the spirit of God moved Zachariah, son of Jehoiada, the priest to speak up; “God’s word: Why have you deliberately walked away from God’s commandments?  You can’t live this way!  If you walk out on God, he’ll walk out on you.”  But they worked out a plot against Zachariah and with the complicity of the king--he actually gave the order!--they murdered him, pelting him with rocks, right in the court of the Temple of God...That’s the thanks Joash showed the loyal Jehoiada...he murdered his son......

A year or so later, Aramean troops attacked Joash... This army was quite small , but God used them to wipe out Joash’s large army--- their punishment for deserting God...They left Joash badly wounded and his own servants finished him off--it was a palace conspiracy, avenging the murder of the son of Jehoiada.  They killed him in his bed.

Amaziah, Joash’s son, was 25 years old when he became king and reigned for 29 years...He lived well before God, doing the right thing for the most part.  But he wasn’t wholeheartedly devoted to God...he executed the palace guard who had assassinated his father...but he didn’t kill the sons of the assassins --he was mindful that parents shouldn’t be executed for their children’s sins, nor children for their parents’.. We each pay personally for our sins...

Revelations 18 - 
Following this I saw another Angel descend from Heaven.  His authority was immense...his voice thunderous...