Day One Hundred Sixty-Three, II Chron. 22-23, II Kings 10-12
Today’s reading continues the narrative of happenings in both Israel and Judah.
In Israel, Jehu is the man God has chosen and used to carry out justice upon Ahab and Jezebel and their household. Jehu proceeded to gather all the prophets of Baal together in the temple of Baal and have them put to death. In that way, he ended Baal-worship in Israel. However, Scripture tells us Jehu still did not follow the Lord with all his heart. He continued in sin.
Meanwhile, in Judah, Jezebel’s daughter Athaliah, who was the mother of Ahaziah, king of Israel, usurped the throne after Ahaziah’s death. She killed all of the royal family of Ahaziah (which must’ve included some of her own offspring) to secure the throne for herself. However, thanks to the high priest Jehoida and his wife Jehosheba, one young descendant of Ahaziah, named Joash, was spared.
Jehoida and his wife hid young Joash in a room in the Temple to protect him for a time. When he was seven years old, he was presented to the people as the King of Judah, and Athaliah was put to death. After this, there was a sense of revival for the people of Judah, as they covenanted once again to follow the Lord and be His people.
However, the story doesn’t end there…more on Joash soon…stay tuned!