2 Chronicles Chapter 24

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2 Chronicles 24

1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Zibiah of Beersheba.

And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the Lordall the days of Jehoiada the priest.

And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.

And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the Lord.

And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the Lord, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the Lord did they bestow upon Baalim.

And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the Lord.

And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lord the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the Lord, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of theLord.

13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.

14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the Lord, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the Lord continually all the days of Jehoiada.

15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.

16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.

17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

18 And they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.

19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.

20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you.

21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord.

22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it.

23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.

24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the Lord delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.

25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.

27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.

37 thoughts on “2 Chronicles Chapter 24

  1. So many things happened in this chapter. Joash rebuilt the temple while Jehoiada was alive BUT failed to teach the people the Law of the Lord as Asa and Jehosaphat had. Jehoiada the priest, not the king, led them in temple worship (vs14) which was correct. Joash was not fully dedicated to proper worship at the temple (vs18) as he was taught in his early youth. The report of Jehoiada’s death is much more honorable and regal than than that of king Joash (vs 25) which highlights the gravity of Joash’s sins(vs 18,19). Jehoiada was ‘full of days’ (vs 15) and was buried ‘among the kings’ because “he had done good in Israel, both toward God and His house.” (vs16). No mention is made of Joash’s age and he was buried apart from the kings just as his grandfather Jehoram had been (vs25, 2Chr 21:20). Upon the death of Jehoiada, Joash forsook the temple. Our merciful God gave Joash like many of us today, an opportunity to repent (vs19). Zechariah’s father, Jehoiada, who had helped save Joash (vs20; 2Chr 22:10-12), gathered all Israel to make Joash king back in 2Chr 23:1-21 and taught Joash the Law of the Lord (2Ki 12:2), but this did not stop Joash from orderering Zechariah’s murder! Joash owed not only his power and throne but also his life to the loyalty and unselfishness of Jehoiada’s protection. Because of his sin, Joash knew defeat (2 Chr 24:24), disloyalty (vs 25), and death in shame (vs25).

    • 2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the Lordall the days of Jehoiada the priest.

      It is wonderful that he was obedient to the man of God in his life and followed after him. However, in vs 18 “they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served wooden images and idols” consequently “wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem because of their trespass.” Joash’s is still given a chance to repent in vs19, as the man of God would have advised him to do. “He sent prophets to them, to redeem them back to the Lord; and they testified against them, but they would not listen.” The Spirit of the God came upon Zechariah and spoke to the people pretty much saying “Why do you disobey my rules so that I have to punish you?” now here is the hard words “Because you have forsaken the Lord, the Lord has also forsaken you.” Like Stephen he was stoned, but in the court of the house of the Lord.They took Stephen outside the city. At this point I would suspect that the king and all Israel had adopted the veil of this world for once they had turned away from the Lord they became empty vessels up for bad spirits to grab because the Lord had forsook them in their sin. As Zechariah died, he said “The Lord look on it, and repay.” and God heard for “the Lord delivered a very great army into their handm because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers.”

      This was in an OT setting of Zechariah, in the NT Stephen was also stoned and conspired against. Acts 7:59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. Both were prophets of the Lord martyred for being the vessel for God to speak through. Zechariah wanted repayment, the Spirit of God wanted His people back, later both where found. Jesus said in Luke 23 “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” and “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” God knew both men were in different stages of growth in Israel and Scripture. Both death’s were devestating, but the words we speak, even before death have consequences. Zechariah’s tore up an nation, and Stephen’s was at the birth of the church. “The tongue has the power of life and death” Prv 18:21

  2. 20 Then the Spirit of God moved Zechariah 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.”

    I want to thank God for his faithfulness. So many times we don’t deserve for God to love us or be with us but this scriptures shows us that when we feel that he’s not around, it’s not that God walked out on us, it’s that we walked out on him.

  3. Bring it & cast it into the chest.

    8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the Lord.

    9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lord the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

    10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

    We also have a chest at our church to build the house of God for POFW. That beautiful chest sit on our altar waiting for us to cast into it. Every time I cast into it I hear the bottom and I pray to God for the day that when I do it will be NO sound for that will tell me that all my Bro. & Sis have done the same. Lets build the House of God in Fort Worth!!!! Let us ALL bring and cast it into the chest. I am so thankful for a Pastor that does things according to God’s Word.

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    The Joy of Giving

    And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end. (2 Chronicles 24:10 KJV)

    Lord, please help us at The Pentecostals of Fort Worth grasp this type of giving.

  5. 11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

    The people gave so much that they were required to empty the chest daily, not out of worry that someone would steal but out of worry that the chest would overflow. Now that is a problem every church would love to have.
    Their abundant giving open the door of opportunity that the vision To restore the house was completed and there was still money in the bank to make vessels.

    I pray we catch this same spirit!
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  6. TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY HINGE ON THE MAN OF GOD

    15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
    16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.
    17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

    Joash, how could you quickly forget that your life was saved, you should have been murdered? How quickly could you forget your Spiritual Father, the one that led you by the Word of GOD when you were unable to lead yourself? How could you so quickly forget the Man of GOD you need to restore the Temple?

    6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the Lord, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

    Remember the Man of GOD you called on to help you in time of need. Remember how you needed him to speak to the Levites? Remember the Man of GOD that you labored with and labored with you to restore the House of GOD.

    14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the Lord, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the Lord continually all the days of Jehoiada.

    Joash do you remember Zechariah the son of the prophet? Surely you could see his father in him, surely you knew each other growing up. Has your carnal authority caused you to forget how you got there? Has your title and position caused you to forget what was so important and necessary to you when you were a mere child. Have you forgotten the Elder and the GOD that made you what and who you are?

    20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you.
    21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord.
    22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it.

    Joash, now you know, it was, it is and it will always be your respect and honor toward the MAN of GOD that will cause you to TRIUMPH or be a TRAGEDY.

    Joash, you were raised a King and died a fool. We must never forget that anyone that does anything for GOD has had the faithful influence of a Man of GOD in their life and we (I) would be a FOOL to forsake the Man of GOD at any point for any reason.

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  7. 25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

    26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.

    Zabad means ” he endows” Strong’s Definition: From H2064 (to confer: – endure.) ; give.

    Jehozabad means ” Jehovah has endowed”
    Strong’s Definition: From H3068 ( (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah,Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord.) and H2064 (to confer: – endure.); Jehovah-endowed ;

    Both names mean to confer or give. In this chapter King Joash gave his judgment and commanded Zechariah to be stoned. Zechariah was condemned and killed by King Joash for being the messenger of the Lord. We (I) must always remember “For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. ”

    In Luke 6: 37-38 NKJV
    “37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

  8. JEREMIAH 18: 5-

    5/ Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
    6/ O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as the potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
    7/ At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and desroy it;
    8/ If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from thier evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
    9/ And of what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
    10/ If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benifit them.
    ipray for the, our nation
    ipray for God will have a revival in out world.
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  9. This chapter illustrates remembrance. After Jehoiada passed many forgot how important it was that they followed the Lord’s ways, including the king. As such they paid greatly with; treasure, freedom and lives. One must be forever mindful of all that Jesus has provided; treasure, freedom, life, etc. For one could lose all, once one turns their eyes away from the merciful and gracious provider Jesus. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. Awesome!!!

    Notice in today’s chapter, even though there was mention of collecting/bringing money to the house of God for repairs, tithes was not mentioned. Tithes is not and never has been designated as the only money given to the house of God. Tithes is what we “owe” back to God. Repairs, utilities and payments of the house of God are the responsibility of us; POWFians. Bring your offerings to God. God will not leave you without. In fact, giving more than tithes will open the windows of Heaven for you.

    Give it a try and watch what God will do…

  11. Once again we see a people who veered from the path that God had set them on and walked after their own ways. What caused Joash, after doing right in the eyes of the Lord for so long, to now turn and hearken unto the people? God even cared enough to send a prophet unto them, which they did not listen to.

    We must be very careful when we begin to listen to people that want us to leave the path we have been careful to follow, remove things that have once been important to us, and walk a different way. God places men of God in our lives to direct our steps, keep us on the right path, and keep us accountable. We must willingly listen and obey. The entire nation suffered once again because of the disobedience of the king, and those that he took counsel from.

    The Word says there is safety in a multitude of counselors. We must see the Word, and those we are accountable to before making any decision that is could adversely effect not only us, but generations following us.

  12. v17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

    The king listened to bad advise. We must look to the future. Someday we’ll look back at our decisions thankful or regretful.

    Proverbs 14:15
    The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

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  13. 15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.

    25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

    There is great difference in how these men died and are remembered. Jehoiada, the man of God that organized the people to return to and serve God, died old, full of days and is remembered for all the good he did.

    Joash started out great but as soon as the man of God died, he cast God aside and refused counsel from Zechariah-Jehoiada’s son. Zechariah was used by God to give Joash time to consider, repent and turn back but instead Joash had the priest killed and was sarcastic with his remark about it! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God and that’s what happens. Joash was delivered into the hands of the Syrians and when he died he was not mourned as a good leader and was not buried in the sepulchres of the kings.

    We must be faithful to the Lord to the very end, stay close the man of God , stay prayerful and be submitted to God & Pastor and he leads us in all things.

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    The Broken Backslidden Back of the King With No Backbone

    As long as the man of God was alive, Joash was strong, but as soon as the man of God died, Joash backslid.

    17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

    18 And they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.

    ***PASTOR IS NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE ABLE TO HOLD OUR HANDS, I PRAY WE WOULD BE ABLE TO STAND BACK UP WHEN THE MAN OF GOD IS NOT THERE TO HELP US UP.***

  15. God has never failed me yet. I (we) may stray from God but he has never left us. I’m thankful for a God that loves me (us) when we are unloveable.

  16. 22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it.

    Joash was the King’s son, not Jehoiada’s, that is why he was made king. That is why he had to hide from the evil Queen…. That means that somewhere along the way, Jehoiada took a burden for Joash and adpoted him.

    One day along time ago, Jesus laid down his life because of a burden that he had for the lost and hurting souls all around us…. What are we doing about it?

  17. 6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the Lord, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
    7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the Lord did they bestow upon Baalim.

    Many times even though great ideas are brought forward, many times people are reluctant to join in and help to accomplish goals. Some fear, others are lazy, but for whatever reason, people have a hard time committing and helping.
    Joash addresses several areas in which there was failure to reverence sacred objects. How many times do we pass up opportunities to help support the man of God, or someone else in authority, trying to do good at the church? How many times do we do as Athaliah and her sons, and mess the church up? And sacrifice to Baal what should be going to Jesus?
    There is a mind set we must get:
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  18. And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest. -2 Chronicles 24:2
    Joash did what the Lord approved throughout the lifetime of Jehoiada the priest. -2 Chronicles 24:2 NET

    Though Joash did many thing right before the Lord. Verse 2 is key to understanding this man. He seemingly had a great allegiance to the one who was responsible for bringing him to the kingdom and saving him from death. As long as
    Jehoiada was alive he did what was right.

    For me it bears the question, was his relationship with God ever really established?
    I have been blessed over my years of serving the Lord of having great men of God in my life that have been great influences. I have also experienced seeing men of God removed from the lives of people who would not continue doing what was right simple because the man of God was no longer around.

    Jehoiada surely would not have expected the King to act as he did after he was gone.
    What we do in this life should be solely based on the word of God.
    We should honor and respect the man of God:
    Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. -Romans 13:1
    Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. -Romans 13:2
    For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. -Romans 13:4
    For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. -Romans 13:6
    Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. -Romans 13:7

    We serve the Lord our God with all that is within us:
    If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: -1 Samuel 12:14

    Honor man but serve God.

  19. v10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

    We shall reap whatever we sow. Thats the law of the harvest. Our goal should be to be found faithful and make our GOD top priority and chief joy. ” For GOD loveth a cheerful giver.”
    GOD is praised and thanked in our cheerful giving. Be a vessel in the will of GOD.
    v14″even vessels to minister.”
    GOD desire is for us to plan carefully in advance and cheerful give from our ability so that we may give liberally and not of guilt or selfishness. If we don’t give with the right attitude, our giving will not benefit us.
    ( keep your money GOD will get it one way or the other.)

    V15-16 We see that Jehoiada was blessed, full of days. They buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward GOD, and toward his house.
    When we cheerful give GODwill show us HIS KINDNESS and HONOR. HE blesses those who love HIS cause, as HE did Jehoiada.

    Think of the gifts HE has given us, especially the greatest….. Unspeakable gift of all….
    The gift of HIMSELF.
    GOD IS LOVE! Our giving is a measure of HIS LOVE and MERCY.

    LORD let the spirit of giving continue at the POFW. The multitude of them that believed were of one heart neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own.” Acts 4:32
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  20. Last payday I had set my tithes aside first before paying my bills. When I checked my account balance I realized I was short $200.00 dollars. My car payment was due and the check was aleady on the way.I couldn’t understand it. I figured if I held back my tithe I would be able to cover it. I wresltled with it all day and before church I prayed,Lord “I have to trust you and pay my tithes”. In more words than that. So I did. God came through and the bank made an error and I got my $200.00 dollars back. I am glad I paid my tithes.! Amen.

  21. Jehoida was a servant of the King. He loves God and he did what was right. There may have been days where he thought he didn’t matter, but because of his faithfulness God gave him a sure reward.

    16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.

  22. A few days ago i was thinking of a past friendship i had, and one of the glaring attributes of this friend was that he changed depending on who he was around. He allowed whoever to determine who he was going to be. The word that’s comes to mind is unstable. Much like my old friend was not grounded in who he was as an individual king Joash was not grounded in God or his own faith. Once the tides of change came in he let himself be swept away. It is so important for us to be developing our walk with God and becoming rooted in the truth as we are blessed with an awesome man of God. We have to be able to stand on our own if anything were to happen to pastor, if not then we are liable to fall away just the same.

    This is also a good biblical example of how u can’t get to heaven based on who your (spiritual) parents are or their walk with God. Stories as this remind me to check myself to make sure i am not trying to slide by under pastor’sanointing but that i am trying and developing my own relationship with God.

  23. 19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.

    20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you.

    21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord.

    22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it.

    We must not make an idol out of ministry. If the ministry that helps us means more than the God of the ministry, there is a problem. Perhaps Joash made an idol out of Jehoiada and served him, only serving God because Jehoiada told him to? The love of God must grab ahold of our heart that we are bound to Him in love covenant, serving Him based on love for Him not love for other things.

  24. And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the Lordall the days of Jehoiada the priest.

    We see before the chapter unfolds that something was different. I caught this right away that Joash did right only in the days of Jehoiada,and I posed a question in my mind “well what did he do after Jehoiada?” We soon find out that he messed up without the man of God right there by his side and it ended up costing his life. This applies to us today…….

    We are all praying in the prayer room and its going pretty good but no big push, then when Pastor comes in everyone starts praying a little louder. Does this reflect the way we act when Pastor is not around? Do we only do the will of God under the supervision of Pastor or do we carry through even though he’s not there? When we are prasing with the prase team before Pastor comes on to the platform alot of times it seems like we are just waiting on him to show up up there before we will go all out. Are we performing for the man of God or are we praising the King?

    All im saying is that if Joash was commited to God the way he was obiously commited to the man of God he would have held the ways of God even when Jehoiada wasnt around. Living life for God is a full time thing, When Pators not around and when he is there.

    If you wait till Pastor comes around to really start praying then I would say that your prayers probably dont reach higher than the ceiling.

    Learn to pray for yourselves and have a relationship with Jesus that stands whenever everyone leaves. Our prayers and praise shouldnt hinge on who is in the room.

    How do we reach a city with a passion of God that is only elevated so that we look good in front of Pastor?

    Try this out……

    Carry the same intensity that you have when pastors in the prayer room to outreach this week. Something will unfold in our streets. That is what its going to take to bring in the harvest that God has promised for us.

    Crazy faith isnt so crazy if you live by it.

  25. What if…?
    5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.
    8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the Lord.
    11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

    What stopped the priests and the Levites? Laziness, disobedience, unwilling heart, ? I’m not sure!

    Look at what happened when they finally did what they were told. The Lord moved on people and they gave. Now think about the what if.

    What if the priests and the Levites did what they were told to do the first time? Would they have been blessed beyond measure? Would they have had special recognition in the Bible and with God because they were obedient? Would they have lead their nation in a revolution for the Lord because the house of the Lord was repaired?

    What if they actually believed and thought it was alright to do what God said? Wow how things could have changed!

  26. 8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the Lord.

    9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lord the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

    10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
    Praise The LORD, this is where we (POFW) is at right now in our lives!
    Continue to give and invest into the LORD’s kingdom! We GIVE, We BUILD, We REAP!!
    Making room for the HARVEST!!!

  27. We need to be careful in our walk to not want to only do what we want. Obedience to authority and sacrifice is things that we need to keep in mind when we shift from different instances that happen in our lives.

    Thank you God for giving me such great authority figures!

  28. 8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the Lord.

    9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lord the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

    10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

    11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

    If im not mistaken this is the scripture ( or something pretty close to it.) that is on the seed box on the alter. Day by day money is collected there for the purpose of building a house for the lord. Verse 10 says they rejoiced and brought their offerings they gave with a cheerful spirit and for that God blessed them and they gathered money in abundance.

  29. 15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
    16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.

    The blessings of a good name. Even though he was not a king , he was buried with kings. We might think that we are not making an impact on our city ,but we are. The words of our testimony where God brought you out. This is what people want to hear. They want to hear that you are human.

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