Kings Week 12: Day 1

Pray and read

Ask God to grow you in wisdom as you read his word, that you might live a life pleasing to him in every way. Read 2 Kings 11.

Explore

It will help to remember who is who in this passage. Athaliah is the daughter of Ahab, king of Israel. She married the king of Judah, Jehoram. Her son, Ahaziah became king of Judah. Athaliah’s brother, Joram had succeed their father Ahab as king of Israel. Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat (the son of Nimshi, not to be confused with Jehoshaphat, son of Asa, who was king of Judah during the time Ahab was king of Israel and was also Jehoram’s father) was anointed king of Israel by Elisha, and killed both Ahaziah, king of Judah and Joram, king of Israel, as they were both descendants of Ahab. Jehosheba is the daughter of Jehoram, and sister of Ahaziah. Joash is Ahaziah’s son. Jehoida is the priest at the temple in Jerusalem. Confused? Try sketching a family tree.

How is Athaliah portrayed in this passage? What kind of ruler is she?

Joash is protected by both his sister and by Jehoida the priest. What do they do? Why?

How does the reign of king Joash begin? What events accompany his being crowned king?

What is the mood by the end of the chapter? How optimistic are you about the rule of Joash in Judah? Why?

Apply

Joash is not the only ruler of Israel hidden as a child to keep him safe. You might like to read Exodus 2:1-10 and Matthew 2:13-18. What, if anything, do you make of this pattern? What might it teach us about God?

Pray

Praise God that he is sovereign, always bringing about his good plans and purposes.

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