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Pastors Pen - April 25, 2007
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April 25, 2007

II Kings 12-14
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II Kings
Chapter 12
  1. In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
  2. And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
  3. But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
  4. And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the house of the LORD,
  5. Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.
  6. But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.
  7. Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.
  8. And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.
  9. But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD.
  10. And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the LORD.
  11. And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD,
  12. And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.
  13. Howbeit there were not made for the house of the LORD bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the LORD:
  14. But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the house of the LORD.
  15. Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.
  16. The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the house of the LORD: it was the priests'.
  17. Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.
  18. And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem.
  19. And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
  20. And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.
  21. For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.


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II Kings
Chapter 13
  1. In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.
  2. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
  3. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael, all their days.
  4. And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them.
  5. (And the LORD gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as beforetime.
  6. Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but walked therein: and there remained the grove also in Samaria.)
  7. Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing.
  8. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
  9. And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his stead.
  10. In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of Judah began Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years.
  11. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin: but he walked therein.
  12. And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
  13. And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
  14. Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.
  15. And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.
  16. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands.
  17. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD'S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
  18. And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
  19. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
  20. And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.
  21. And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
  22. But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz.
  23. And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.
  24. So Hazael king of Syria died; and Ben-hadad his son reigned in his stead.
  25. And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.


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II Kings
Chapter 14
  1. In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.
  2. He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
  3. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his father: he did according to all things as Joash his father did.
  4. Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.
  5. And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father.
  6. But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
  7. He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.
  8. Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face.
  9. And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.
  10. Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
  11. But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the face at Beth-shemesh, which belongeth to Judah.
  12. And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every man to their tents.
  13. And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Beth-shemesh, and came to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits.
  14. And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.
  15. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
  16. And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead.
  17. And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
  18. And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
  19. Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.
  20. And they brought him on horses: and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David.
  21. And all the people of Judah took Azariah, which was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.
  22. He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.
  23. In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years.
  24. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
  25. He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gath-hepher.
  26. For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.
  27. And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.
  28. Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
  29. And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel; and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.


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 There are several different items of interest in today's reading. First of all I am intrigued by the statement concerning the character of Jehoash given in II Kings 12:2:

"And Jehoash did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him."
It seems that Jehoash was a good man as long as Jehoiada the priest was there to mentor him. However, according to II Chronicles 24, once he was on his own, he drifted away from the Lord. Once again we see the principle that a man needs to learn to stand on his own two feet spiritually, and not rely on others. Far too many Christians allow their relationship with the Lord to be contingent upon someone else's relationship with the Lord. Children do right as long as their parents are telling them what to do. Believers do right as long as their pastor is giving them explicit, weekly instructions. Christian school students and Bible college students do right as long as they are contained in that environment. However, once they are out on their own, things change. We need to learn to walk with God for ourselves, and then our spirituality will not fluctuate based upon our circumstances.

 My second thought is also not original with this passage, but has occurred continuously throughout the stories of the kings. This is the importance of removing false religion. In 12:3, Jehoash allowed the places of pagan sacrifice to remain. Because they were there, people used them. Jehoash did not use them, but his allowing for their continued existence harmed the people of Israel. The principle is this: those of us in positions of authority have a responsibility to remove the temptation to sin from those who follow us. It is not enough that we personally abstain from error; we must also do everything in our power to see to it that those we lead abstain as well. We can not stop people from doing wrong, nor can we force anyone to be spiritual. However, we can create an environment that is conducive towards righteousness, and this is what we ought to do.

 I see a third lesson contained in II Kings 13-14. There we read of Jehoahaz, Jehoash and Jeroboam, all kings of Israel. All three were wicked kings. However, there is a statement that is made about each one of them: that they walked in the sins of Jeroboam, and did not depart from them. The fact that they did not depart indicates to me that they had a choice. They could have departed, but did not. Here is the third principle: every man will give account of himself to God. As a leader, it is my responsibility to direct my family or my church members towards the Lord. However, if I do a poor job of it, that still does not give others the right to go astray. No man will be able to stand before God and blame someone else for his carnality. No one will be able to blame someone else for his rejection of salvation. No matter how ungodly a man's parents, pastor, or position in life, he is accountable for his own decisions.

 The last principle is found in 13:14-19. In this passage, Elisha, while on his death bed, gives Joash directions concerning Judah's defeat of Syria. He tells Joash first to shoot an arrow out the window, symbolic of Judah's victory in Aphek. Having told Joash that the bow and arrows represented victories over Syria, Elisha now tells the king to strike them on the ground, which he does three times. Elisha is angry, because each strike represented a victory for Judah, and the fact that Joash quit after three strikes meant that Judah would only be victorious three times. Here is a simple lesson: don't be lazy. Knowing what he knew, Joash should have struck the ground over and over until he had the assurance that Syria would no longer be a threat. However, he took the easy way out in a simple task, and it cost his nation many potential victories and many lives. Always give maximum effort to every task that God places in your path. It may seem insignificant at the time, but its results may be far-reaching.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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