Athaliah was as murderous as her mother Jezebel. After her son’s death, she had all the royal children killed and took power. Only her grandson Joash survived, hiding with his uncle Jehoiada the high priest. After Jehoiada’s death, Joash turned from the Lord to idolatry and even had Jehoiada’s son Zechariah murdered for opposing his idolatry. See 2 Chronicles 24:20-25.
“And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him.” 12 v2
“Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness that Jehoida, Zechariah’s father, had shown him, but killed his son.” 2 Chron 24:22.
How frail and broken we are! We do not do what we want, and we do that which we don’t want!
Once again here we see that God’s word tells us the reality of people, no sugar-coating and turning a blind eye.
We see Joash, this king who was saved from the evil of his grandmother, saved to reign well and do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.
Notice what is said in v2 of ch 12, “… because Jehoida the priest instructed him.”
Joash was teachable and obedient, just as we should be!
But then, as Stuart Snr points out, in 2 Chron 24 we read that he went astray later in his reign, turning from wisdom, giving the order to kill Jehoida’s son.
If not for Jesus, what would we be. Praise God that in Jesus we have a king who is not going to turn away from righteousness in His old age – Because He is the ever-living God! Blessed Saviour!