April 14th

2 Kings 12-14

  • 12:2-3 – Joash is considered a faithful king. Thankfully he had a great advisor, Jehoiada, the priest. The “high places” listed here were places of worship to God, not other gods, that is why it was good that they were kept.
  • 12:4-8 – Joash institutes a plan to repair the temple. The priests don’t comply and then somehow reach a compromise to no longer take people’s money and also not to repair the temple.
  • 12:21 – Now Joash is killed and his son Amaziah takes over.
  • 13:4 – Jehoahaz repents in order to have relief from the constant attack of the Syrians.
  • 13:5 – This “savior” was not the Messiah. This was someone who saved them from military attacks. It is uncertain who this was.
  • 13:14-19 – Elisha gives Joash the opportunity to end their thumpings by Syria, but he does not complete the job and is limited to a temporary break in defeats.
  • 13:21 – This is told simply to display that amount of God’s power Elisha possessed.
  • 13:22-23 – Though Syria heavily oppressed Israel, the Israelites were not completely banished by God. The writer is telling us that at this point in history, the full covenantal curse (all the consequences of breaking their covenant with God) would come to fruition.
  • 14:3-6 – Amaziah was a faithful king, but not quite as faithful as David. He avenges his father’s death according to Moses’ Law.
  • 14:9-10 – In his reply, Jehoash refers to himself as a cedar – a revered, strong, established tree, and to Amaziah as a wimpy thistle.

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