Line Up With God's Purposes
II Kings 11-12
II Chronicles 23-24
July 11, 2004
I feel like a horse stumbling out of the gate at the start of the
race when he is already behind, nevertheless I pray that God
will help me get on my feet and run a good race this morning!
I say this in reference to the start and even congested middle
of this discourse.
My father-in-law said on various occasions that "the Bible is
the best commentary on itself" - he quoted Bro. Maddox, a
former pastor of this church. Both men, being dead, yet
I wonder what we will leave behind when we die? I
wonder if the liberal emphasis in our seminaries and society
will allow modern ministers to leave in the hearts and minds
of their people anything worth remembering?
I trust that Bro. Maddox is remembered for more things than
the quote above but in preparation of this lesson, I went back
and forth from II Kings and II Chronicles, plus many more
books in both the Old and New Testaments, in an effort to
glean things to share with God's people, many who glean for
themselves and the many others who are less motivated if
just not plain lazy.
I guess the question is "how do you, or how do I line
up, or stack up with God's purposes?
II Kings 11
v. 1 - we meet with a woman we mentioned last week,
by the name of Athaliah, who "arose & destroyed
all the seed royal".
II Chron. 24:7 in a page seemingly from recent history,
calls her "that wicked woman"
Her motive seems to be to do away with the House of
David which had already been heavily depleted by
Jehoram's murder of his brothers - II Chron. 22:4 -
To make a clean sweep and get rid of them all,
this in the face of God's promises - Ps. 89:34-37
v. 2 - Jehosheba - daughter of Joram and wife of
the High Priest, Jehoiada - saved one - Joash,
by name, a baby of one year old.
v. 3 - hid with her for six years - during this time the
Lord's servants were under a cloud, slighted,
contemned, lightly esteemed and greatly
discontented. (Sodom vexed Lot's righteous soul)
I MOURN. (where secularism has taken us today)
v. 4 - secular people at the disposal of spiritual
matters - II Chron. 23:2 - the religious people,
Levites and chiefs of the fathers. Unity -
secular and religious but in a worldly and
vs. 4-12 - Crowning of Joash as king - read II Chron. 23:3
v. 12 - "put the crown upon him and gave him the
Testimony" - the object apparently was to show
that the king was to rule by law, not arbitrarily,
that he was not to be above the law, but beneath.
Arbitrary judges in America today - protecting and
encouraging evil and wickedness. (This editing taking
place 4 years later - The Supreme Court continues to
take America down a road which we will rue and someday
will give account to "THE JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH WHO ONLY DOETH RIGHT" - Genesis 18:25 - this being June 24, 2008
Whether the Law of the Testimony was for a moment,
placed on Joash's head, or if just placed in his hands,
the act was a most suggestive one - church & state
Deut. 17:18-20, 16:16c-22 II Kings 22:8
Psalm 139:21-22 Isaiah 8:18-20
Gen. 19:7 - Lot's response to those who came knocking
at the door - "I pray you, brethren, do not so
Peter on the day of Pentecost - Acts 2:40b - "Save
yourselves from this untoward generation"
Matt. 8:11-12 Rev. 22:10-21
II Tim. 5:24 Jer. 32:17-19
There are numerous scriptures in the Bible
that tell us that God will render to every man
according to his works.
v. 17 - pledge to worship God & never again to
apostatize - ONLY COURSE FOR AMERICA!
Read Exodus 19:5-8, 24:3-8, 34:10-17 for previous
v. 18 - a bad situation but it could have been avoided.
During Athaliah's six year reign, the temple service
had ceased; breaches had been broken in the outer walls,
neither priests nor porters had served in their regular
order, there had been no morning or evening sacrifice,
no public psalm singing.
v. 20 - rejoicing -after the slaying of Athaliah - she was
silenced and "the city was in quiet" - priests &
people were one now - home, church, school,
people, nation - truly "One nation under God"
For the real character of Joash we need to go to
II Chron. 24
The kings mother was "Zibiah of Beersheba"
Who was she? Nothing is known but there must
be some significance in the mention of her native
Beersheba is associated with many unhappy
situations in Israel and from the book of Amos
we gather a clue as it being one of the most
idolatrous of idolatrous places.
I Sam. 8:1-3
Terminus of the land - Judges 20:1, II Sam. 24:2
- "from Dan even to Beersheba"
Read I Chron. 21:1-2, II Chron. 19:4-11
II Kings 23:8 - "where the priests had burned
incense, from Geba to Beersheba" -624 BC
Neh. 11:30 - "they dwelt from Beersheba unto the
valley of Hinnom" - 445 BC
I Kings 11:6-10 - Solomon, later Ahaz & Mannaseh
caused their children to pass through the fire
in this valley, a polluted place, the cesspool of
the city, later Ge Hinnom - Gehenna - land of
Hinnom, came to denote the place of eternal
(Jesus calls it a place "where the worm dies not and the
fire is not quenched')
Amos 5:4-6, 8:14 - 787 BC - much earlier the above
manner - way - "evil communications corrupt good
manners" - I Cor. 15:33
II Chron. 24:19, 36:15-17, II Kings 10:32
II Chron. 24:16-22
"wrath...for this their trespass" - v. 18
Zechariah - "that ye cannot prosper" - v. 20
Reading these sentences in the present tense - the
princes & the nation were already beginning to eat of
the fruit of their own ways, and "rumors of war", if not
war itself, were on them. USA-2004
KING YIELDING TO THE FLATTERING OBEISANCE
OF THE YOUNG PRINCES.
"stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king"
The son of Jehoiada and Jehosheba - v. 22 - "the king
remembered not the kindness" - v. 2
When Zechariah died he said "The Lord look upon it
and require it" - Jesus was aware and
will remember at the last day
Matt. 23:34-35 Gen. 9:5-6 Deut. 18:18-19
II Kings 12:2 - "did that which was right in the sight of the
Lord all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him"
v. 3 - "but" - read -
Repairing of the breaches in the temple - vs. 4-16
vs. 12-15 - Society rests upon faith and trust - confidence
in those whose character guarantees honesty - America
starting to feel the pinch here - Secularists howling
about Enron more than anyone -
Religion sanctifies the secular - kill the goose that laid the
vs. 15-18 - the reintroduction of idolatry & grove-worship
by the young nobles - remember Rehoboam
vs. 23-24 - they paid for it - Divine Judgment
Today much higher stakes - Prov. 7:22-23 - "and knoweth
not that it is for his life"
Modern society is so lost that it does not understand
what they are reaping!
II Kings 12:19-21 - Look who does Joash in -
children of an Ammonitess & a Moabitess