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Week 19 Day 7
doing what you need to do
even though you are afraid
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 EVILEnemies 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 be the Lord's people. 18And the people went to the temple of Baal, and tore it down. 21Joash was seven years old when 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
1In the twenty-third year of Joash, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu
became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years. 2He did evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam. 3The anger of the Lord was aroused, and He delivered them to Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Ben-Hadad the son of Hazael, all their days. 4So Jehoahaz 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 them 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 recaptured 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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