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What the Bible says about Joash
(From Forerunner Commentary)

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 25:18

In the parable, Amaziah of Judah is the thistle, and Joash of Israel is the cedar. A cedar is mighty and strong, while a thistle is so weak that a little old forest animal could trample it to smithereens and scatter it. He is taunting them, "Try to attack me, and I will step on you like on a thistle, and all the seeds will blow everywhere." Well, Amaziah, in his puffed-up pride, having just won a battle against the Edomites says "Heh, heh, I will get you," but he did not get them. He went to battle against Israel, and he got himself smashed, just as Joash said he would be.

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

Related Topics: Amaziah | Joash


 

2 Chronicles 25:27-28

Most of us have probably seen a Western in which a man gets shot out the wilderness somewhere, and someone ties his body onto the horse, draped over the top, stomach to the saddle, with his hands tied to his feet underneath. That is what they did to Amaziah, just tied him to a horse and sent him back to Jerusalem. What an ignominious ending for the royal seed!

Let us evaluate his character. What we see in him is vacillating instability. He was a great deal like Joash, but Amaziah wanted the best of both worlds. We could compare his life to the parable Jesus gave of a man who began to build yet was not able to finish. Amaziah started off well. He listened to the prophet of God and repented. When he changed his ways, God gave him a great victory, but then he began to turn. He was a man who was semi-religious and unsteady in character and conduct. He had the right kind of piety and godliness early in his life, but early piety and godliness is no excuse for self-indulgence later on.

The flaw we see beginning to develop is that these three kings (Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah) all began well, but they did not finish well.

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


 

Ezekiel 18:24-28

There is an individual responsibility. God never condones sin nor grants license for anyone to disobey His commands. This is not speaking about our transgressions done out of weakness or ignorance. These are transgressions that are done as a way of life with knowledge that one is doing wrong. However, God always allows the sinner to repent. He will always chase after the sinner with His Word, giving him the opportunity to turn around. We see that in the lives of the kings Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah. God always leaves the door open for a sinner who desires to repent. If he does not repent, his mind eventually becomes set, seared, and over time, repentance becomes impossible.

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


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