Week 19   Day 7


courage is 

            doing what you need to do  

            even though you are afraid 


courage is

            something we admire
            and expect in our heroes 


                        there is that quality of strength 

                        that is willing to face danger head on 


                        there is that quality of sacrifice 

                        that is willing to take great risk 


                        there is that quality of justice

                        that is willing to stand up to evil     





Jehosheba and Jehoiada had courage

            and they did not run away.



 Great is God's faithfulness




When we choose evil, God grieves and suffers 

            his anger is a sign

            of his suffering love 


Sometimes God's grief reaches the point

            of divine action and intervention

            to save his people

            from their sins and suffering. 

                                         GOOD AND EVIL
Enemies are friends--they drive you to your knees in prayer!
                                      II Kings 11, 12 & 13


     1When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw her son was

dead, she  destroyed all the royal heirs.  2But Jehosheba, the

daughter of King Joram, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and

stole him away from among the king's sons who were being

murdered; and hid him and his nurse in the house of the Lord

for six years, while Athaliah reigned over Judah. 

    4In the seventh year Jehoiada the priest brought the captains

into the house of the Lord.  12He brought out the king's son,

put the crown on him, and gave him the Testimony; they made

him king and anointed him.  17Jehoiada made a covenant

between the Lord, the king, and the people, that they should
the Lord's people.  18And the people went to the temple of
Baal, and tore it down.  21Joash was seven years old
he became king; 1he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. 

    2Joash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days

in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.  4Joash said to the

priests, "All the money of the dedicated gifts that are brought

into the house of the Lord--5 let the priests take it and let them

repair the damages of the temple, wherever any dilapidation

is found."

     1In the twenty-third year of Joash, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu

became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen
2He did evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the
sins of
Jeroboam.  3The anger of the Lord was aroused, and
delivered them to Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand
of Ben-Hadad the son of Hazael, all their days.  4So
pleaded with the Lord, and the Lord listened to him;
for He
saw the oppression.   5The Lord gave Israel
a deliverer, so
that they escaped from under the hand of the
Syrians; and
the children of Israel dwelt in their tents as before.

    6Nevertheless they did not depart from the sins of the house
of Jeroboam.  7Left of the army of Jehoahaz were only fifty
horsemen, ten chariots, and ten thousand foot soldiers; for
the king of Syria had destroyed them. 
23But the Lord was gracious, and had compassion on
because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

24Now Hazael king of Syria died, and Ben-Hadad his son
reigned in his place.  25Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz
the cities which were taken by war.  Jehoash
defeated him three times and recaptured the cities of Israel.
                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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