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2022/09/30 – Jezebel’s Daughter Reigns in Judah & Good Priest Jehoiada

Sorry about missing several posts. Computer problems – plus getting Covid. Marion and I are doing all right, just minor headaches and weakness. Marion has also had some fever, especially in the evenings. Your prayers are appreciated! 

READING: 2 Kings 11-12 – Jezebel’s Daughter Rules Judah & Good Priest Jehoiada 

When Ahaziah, King of Judah, was killed by Jehu as he was visiting his cousin Joram, King of Israel, his mother, daughter of Jezebel, and Ahab seized the throne of Judah. Her son had died, and Athaliah attempted to destroy all the royals. Ahaziah’s sister saved a child of Ahaziah. Joash was the legitimate claimant to the throne. “He remained with her six years, hidden in the house of the LORD, while Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel, reigned over the land. 

In the seventh year, the good priest Jehoiada engineered a coup against Athaliah. At the changing of the guard each group had its task. They were to protect the king. Jehoiada brought Joash out, put the crown on him, and anointed him, king. The co-conspirators against Athaliah shouted long live the king! 

“When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she went into the house of the LORD. She saw the King standing by the pillar, with the captains and trumpeters beside the king and all the people rejoicing and blowing trumpets. Athaliah cried, ‘Treason! Treason!'”

Jehoiada told the captains of the army to bring her out between the ranks “and kill with the sword any who follow her.” Jehoiada did not want Athaliah’s blood spilled in the Temple. 

Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign. “Jeho” with his name means Jehovah; this change of his name suggests The LORD is ruling Judah. Jehoash reigned forty years in Jerusalem. He did what was right in the sight of the LORD, but he did not take away the high places where Judah continued to worship Baal. 

“Jehoash said to the priests, ‘All the money offered as sacred donations that is brought into the house of the LORD, the money for which each person is assessed – and the money from the voluntary offerings brought into the house of the LORD, let the priests receive from each of the donors; and let them repair the house wherever any need of repairs is discovered.”  

“But by the twenty-third year of King Jehoash the priests had made no repairs on the house of the LORD.”  

King Jehoash summoned Jehoiada and other priests and asked why they had made no repairs to the Temple. He suggested another approach. Assessments would continue, but work on the Temple would continue under separate management. 

Jehoida made a box with a hole in its lid. People would make donations, and when the box was full, the high priest and the King’s secretary would count the money, putting it into bags. These bags were given to the workers doing the repairs, but they did not ask for an accounting from those workers. 

It seems that the sin of Simony existed before Simon (See Acts 8:17-24). This sin continues in many churches when people are not held accountable for how they use the God’s money. 

How careful are we to have accountability in our use of the LORD’s money? 



Abba, Father, Jehoash lived in a time of syncretic worship, worship of Jehovah and people still went to the High Places. Why did he not take the High Places down? It may be that even the King could not successfully take those idolatrous places down because as soon as he took one down, it would be rebuilt somewhere else. 

Father, help me to put all of my idols aside and worship only you. This, I pray, in the sweet name of Jesus, AMEN! 


Oh Lord, in this world of sin where people are addicted to various idols, the chief of which are Mars, Venus, and Mamon, we too are tempted to adopt one of these or some other idol as our God. You have blessed me far more than I deserve, but I am still tempted. Preserve all who read this from adopting the idolatrous charms of living the American dream. It is in the precious name of Jesus that I pray for myself and all readers, AMEN! 

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