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What the Bible says about Jehoiada
(From Forerunner Commentary)

2 Chronicles 22:10

Athaliah, daughter of King Ahab and Jezebel, granddaughter of King Omri of Israel, usurped the throne of Judah. But Jehoshabeath, daughter of the king, took Joash, the son of Ahaziah, an infant at the time, and stole him away from among the king's sons. Jehoshabeath was Joash's aunt, a sister of Ahaziah. Perhaps she, too, was a daughter of Athaliah. Yet, when she saw the carnage taking place, she ran into the nursery, picked up Joash, and hid him so that Athaliah's thugs were unable to kill him (verse 12). He was hidden with them in the house of God for six years while Athaliah reigned over the land. Jehoshabeath had made a very good marriage, and this is probably what saved her. She had married Jehoiada, who was among the best high priests in all the history of Israel and Judah.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Why Three Kings Are Missing From Matthew 1

Related Topics: Athaliah | Jehoiada


 

2 Chronicles 24:1-2

Jehoiada was a powerful influence for good. Joash had a forty year reign, but unfortunately, Jehoiada did not live through the entirety of Joash's reign.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Why Three Kings Are Missing From Matthew 1

Related Topics: Jehoiada | Joash


 

2 Chronicles 24:15-16

It is not known if many high priests were buried among the kings. This honor was quite distinctive, and it was a recognition of two things: 1) that he was a great, righteous man and a tremendous influence on Joash; 2) that in reality Jehoiada actually ruled Judah for many years. He was the real king, whereas Joash, the front man, did not have what it took to be a good king. However, Jehoiada did.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Why Three Kings Are Missing From Matthew 1

2 Chronicles 24:18-22

Jehoiada the priest was not Joash's biological father, but he had acted as a father to him. He had essentially reared this king of Judah.

This passage recounts the murder that Jesus referred to in Matthew 23:35, when He said, "'You murdered [Zechariah] between the temple and the altar." It just shows what ingratitude can do to a person's thinking.

Let us evaluate Joash's character. He was a "fellow traveler." He was a leaner, a clinging vine, who did not have the resources within himself to choose his own course. Whenever he was pressured, he had nothing within to give him strength, so he drooped and spiritually died. Joash bent whichever way the wind blew. He was easily influenced by his peers. He went whatever way the crowd was going. His character reflected the crowd that he had joined. When Jehoiada was with him, and the influence was for good, then Joash was compliant and seemingly a good king. However, when he was with his peers, a bad crowd, he was afraid to buck his peers and his character plummeted. We should also add that he did not repent when he was warned.

In the end, he was assassinated and not buried with the kings (II Chronicles 24:25). Is that not an interesting contrast between him and his "father" Jehoiada, who was not even in the kingly line but a priest. Yet, he was held in such high regard that he was buried with the kings. We must conclude that Joash's character was merely programmed; it had not truly been internalized. It was not genuine.

Faith and character have to be grounded within us and personally held. We should recall Ezekiel 14:14, concerning Noah, Job, and Daniel. Even these three righteous men could save only themselves.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Why Three Kings Are Missing From Matthew 1

2 Chronicles 26:5

Is this not reminiscent of Joash, who sought God in the days of Jehoiada? Here is Zechariah, another strong priest, who had understanding in the visions of God. As long as Uzziah sought the Lord, God made him prosper. God helped him against the Philistines, giving him many victories.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Why Three Kings Are Missing From Matthew 1

Related Topics: Jehoiada | Joash | Seeking God | Uzziah | Zechariah


 

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