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 Jehoida the priest instructed him.”
And in 2 Chronicles 24 we read,
“Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness that Jehoida, Zechariah’s father, had shown him, but killed his son.”
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 truth of people, no sugar-coating or turning a blind eye.
We see Joash, the king who was saved from an evil grandmother, saved to reign well and do what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
Notice then what is said in chapter 12,
“… Because Jehoida the priest instructed him.”
Joash was teachable and obedient under Jehoida.
But we see from 2 Chronicles that he went astray later in life, turning from wisdom.
If not for Jesus, what would be be?
Praise God that in Jesus we have a king who is not going to turn away from righteousness in old age – He is the ever-living God, and He is perfectly and always righteous!
* Lord God Above,
Thank You for Jesus, our ever-living King!
Thank You for His righteousness that we have through His sacrifice for us, given to us though so unworthy.
Thank You Lord for Your steadfast love and faithfulness to us, seen so clearly in Your word.