|2 Chronicles 24 |
1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. Also his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba.
2 Joash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada chose two wives for Joash; and Joash fathered sons and daughters.
4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash decided to restore the house of the LORD.
5 He gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, "Go out to the cities of Judah, and gather from all of Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that you do this quickly." However, the Levites did not quickly move to obey.
6 The king called for Jehoiada, the chief priest, and said to him, "Why have you not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the Tabernacle of Witness?"
7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and they had also bestowed all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD upon the Baals.
8 At the king's commandment they made a chest and set it outside the gate of the house of the LORD.
9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem to bring into the LORD the collection that Moses, the servant of God, had commanded to Israel in the wilderness.
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, brought in money, and cast it into the chest until they had finished.
11 Now it came to pass that at the time the chest was brought to the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to its place again. Thus they did day by day, and they gathered money in abundance.
12 The king and Jehoiada gave it [the money] to those who did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also those who worked with iron and bronze to mend the house of the LORD.
13 So the workmen worked, the work was completed by them, and they set the house of God according to its original condition, strengthening it.
14 When they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, from which were made vessels for the house of the LORD; even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
15 But Jehoiada [the priest] grew old, and was full of days when he died; he was a hundred and thirty years old when he died.
16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and made obeisance to the king. Then the king listened to them.
18 They left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols; and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
19 Yet the LORD sent prophets to them, to bring them again to the Him; and they testified against them, but they would not listen.
20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said to them, "Thus said God, Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has also forsaken you."
21 And they conspired against Zechariah, and stoned him with stones at the command of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
22 Thus king Joash king had not remembered the kindness that Jehoiada, Zechariah's father, had done to him, but Joash slew his son Zechariah. As Zechariah died, he said, "May the LORD look upon this, and take revenge."1
23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against Joash; and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the plunder of them to the king of Damascus.
24 The army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host [of Judah] to defeat because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So the Syrians executed judgment against Joash.
25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases), his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died; and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the sepulchers of the kings.
26 Those who conspired against him were: Zabad the, son of Shimeath, who was an Ammonitess; and Jehozabad, the son of Shimrith, a Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the Book of the Kings. And Amaziah, his son, reigned in his place.
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1 May the LORD look upon this, and take revenge. Contrast this Old Testament prophet's prayer for revenge with the Lord Jesus': Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do, Luke 23:34; and Stephen's: as they stoned Stephen, he called upon God saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not lay this sin to their charge." Acts 7:59-60. So, here is another major addition of those in the New Covenant of Light vs. the covenant of law: instead of revenge, the requirement is forgiveness; instead of hating your enemies, we are to love our enemies; instead of cursing those who despitefully use us, we are to bless them and pray for them; looking at a woman with lust is adultery in your heart; anger is murder in your heart; only one wife allowed, etc.
Addressing the Jewish priests, the Lord Jesus referred to this brutal killing of one of his prophets in Matthew You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell? Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them you will kill and crucify; and some of them you will flog in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city. So that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berechiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. Mat 23:33-35.
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