2 Kings 11:1-12:21 and 2nd Chronicles 22:10-24:27. Joash became king when he was 7 years old and ruled for 40 years. Joash started to repair the temple in Jerusalem. He was good in God’s eyes. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.
Joash worked out ways to repair the temple of God because it had been a great part of his early life.
For some reason, Joash’s officials conspired against him and killed him.
J(eh)oash in Hebrew means: Jehovah-given.
Joash replaced his mother, Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah, who had replaced his father, Ahaziah, at his death. Joash’s son Amaziah succeeded Joash as king.
King Joash 8th king of Judah
11:21 Jehoash began to reign as king when he was seven years old,
12:1ascending to the throne in the seventh year of the reign of Jehu and then reigning for 40 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah from Beer-sheba. 2 Jehoash did what the LORD considered to be right during the entire time when Jehoiada the priest was instructing him, 3 except that the high places were not demolished, so the people continued to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.
Jehoash Institutes Temple Repairs
4 Jehoash spoke to the priests about all of the proceeds of the consecrated gifts that were being brought into the LORD’s Temple, cash from every man who was traveling through the area, cash obtained by personal assessment, and all the cash that came through voluntary gifts into the LORD’s Temple:
5 “Let the priests get support for themselves from their own donors, and let them repair the Temple wherever a leak in need of repair is discovered.”
6 But 23 years into the reign of king Jehoash, the priests still had not repaired the leaks in the Temple. 7 So king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, along with other priests, and asked them, “Why haven’t you fixed the leaks in the Temple? Stop receiving donations from your acquaintances for repairing the leaks in the Temple.”
8 So the priests agreed to receive no more cash from the people, but they didn’t repair the leaks in the Temple, either. 9 So Jehoiada the priest grabbed a chest, bored an opening in its lid, and placed it next to the altar, on the right side as one enters the LORD’s Temple. The priests who tended the entryway put all the money that was brought into the LORD’s Temple into the chest. 10 As a result, whenever they noticed that there was a lot of money in the chest, the king’s secretary and the high priest went forward, put the money in bags, counted the money that had been given over to the LORD’s Temple, 11 and disbursed the cash directly into the hands of those who did the work and who were in charge of the oversight of the LORD’s Temple. They paid it to the carpenters and builders who worked on the LORD’s Temple, 12 to masons and stonecutters, and for procurement of timber and quarried stone for making repairs to the LORD’s Temple, and for all outlays needed for repairs of the Temple.
13 But no provision was included for the LORD’s Temple from the money that was brought into the LORD’s Temple for silver basins, snuffers, bowls, trumpets, or any vessels made of gold or silver, 14 because that money had been allocated to the workmen who were repairing the LORD’s Temple. 15 Furthermore, they required no accounting from the men into whose hand they had paid the money to do the work, because the workers acted in good faith. 16 The money from the guilt offerings and from the sin offerings was not brought into the LORD’s Temple, because it was allocated to the priests.
Hazael Attacks Israel
17 Later, King Hazael of Aram invaded and attacked Gath, captured it, and then set out to approach Jerusalem. 18 So King Jehoash of Judah took all of the sacred things that his ancestors Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, kings of Judah, had dedicated, along with his own dedicated things, and all the gold that could be located within the treasure vaults of the LORD’s Temple and in the king’s palace, and paid off King Hazael of Aram. Then Hazael left Jerusalem.
Amaziah Succeeds Jehoash (Joash)
19 Now the rest of the Joash’s activities—everything he did—are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah, are they not? 20 His servants rose up in rebellion, formed a conspiracy, and assassinated Joash in the palace at the terrace rampartsk while he was on his way down to Silla.21 Shimeath’s son Jozacar and Shomer’s son Jehozabad, his servants, attacked him and he died. They buried him alongside his ancestors in the City of David, and his son Amaziah became king to replace him.
2 Kings 11:21 — 12:1-21
Also read 2nd Chronicles 22:10-24:27.
Other modules in this unit:
- King Rehoboam the 1st king of Judah
- King Abijah or Abijam the 2nd king of Judah
- King Asa the 3rd and a Good King of Judah
- King Jehoshaphat the 4th and a Good King of Judah
- King Jehoram the 5th King of Judah
- King Ahaziah the 6th King of Judah
- Queen Athaliah the 7th King of Judah
- Joash the 8th King of Judah
- King Amaziah the 9th and a Good King of Judah
- King Azariah the 10th and a good King of Judah
- King Jotham the 11th and a good King of Judah
- King Ahaz the 12th King of Judah
- King Hezekiah was the 13th and a Good King of Judah
- King Manasseh the 14th King of Judah
- King Amon the 15th King of Judah
- King Josiah the 16th and a good King of Judah
- King Jehoahaz the 17th King of Judah
- King Jehoiakim the 18th King of Judah
- King Jehoiachin the 19th King of Judah
- King Zedekiah the 20th and last King of Judah
- Questions 1-20
- The 20 Kings of Judah who ruled between – 931BC-586BC=345 years
- Timeline of the Kings of Judah
- Next Module – Kings of Israel