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Revival King #3: Joash

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BackgrounAs I mentioned previously in this series, after the reign of King Solomon the nation of Israel was divided into two kingdoms.Israel - the northern kingdom - ten of the twelve tribesJudah - the southern kingdom - two of the twelve tribes ( Judah and Benjamin )Israel had 19 kings - all bad, not a good one in the lot.Judah had 20 kings - 8 were good and 5 of the eight were godly and were the revival kings.These five godly revival kings were:Asa - Jehoshaphat - Joash - Hezekiah - JosiahThey were raised up by God to bring periods of revival and reformation to the nation. The OT books of Kings and Chronicles overlap and cover the same period of history. They are similar yet different.Kings presents mainly an historical account of the two nations.Chronicles presents "Gods view of history".II Chronicles is a "Book about Revival"Each of these Five Godly Revival Kings illustrates a different principle of Revival or Restoration.Asa - Obey God’s LawsJehoshaphat - Teaching the WordJoash - Paying what is due (restitution)Hezekiah - Cleansing the TempleJosiah - Return to hearing God’s WordINTRODUCTIONThis week we come to the third of the godly kings of Judah that experienced revival and reform during their reigns. First was Asa - Second was Jehoshaphat - Now Jaash.Joash was the great grandson of Jehoshaphat, one of the godly kings of Judah. His grandmother was Athaliah who was either the sister or the daughter of Ahab, king of Israel. She had married one of the sons of Jehoshaphat.We begin this morning with some palace intrigue and treachery after the death of Joash¡¦s father.-12As we will soon discover, Athaliah was a very wicked and evil woman but thank God that for every ungodly woman there is a godly woman. Joash¡¦s great aunt saves his life and preserves the line of David.We have the child Joash, the only surviving heir to the throne of David, being hidden from the wicked Queen Athaliah for six years by the High Priest Jehoida.For six years Jehoida the High Priest waited.For six years Athaliah usurped the throne.For six years she led the nation into idolatryFor six years the priests of Baal prospered.But still Jehoida waited until the time was right. tells us that in the seventh year Jehoida made his move. He gathered the faithful men of Judah together and they crowned Joash King at age 7.Look at Vs. 11-15Jehoida, the High Priest was a remarkable man. He was God’s servant. He had no selfish motives or ambitions. He only wanted God¡¦s will - not his own.Joash is considered one of the five godly kings of Judah but the godly reign of Joash is more about the godly High Priest Jehoida than about Joash.Since Joash was only 7 when he came to the throne -- Jehoida was regent of the nation.I. THE REFORMS OF JEHOIDA -211. The National Covenant was Renewed. Vs. 16Israel was to be the people of God. They were to serve God and God alone.
After the reign of King Solomon the nation of Israel was divided into two kingdoms.
Israel - the northern kingdom - ten of the twelve tribes
19 kings - all evil
Judah - the southern kingdom - two of the twelve tribes ( Judah and Benjamin )
Judah had 20 kings - 8 were good and 5 of the eight
were godly and were the revival kings.These five godly revival kings were:
Asa - Jehoshaphat - Joash - Hezekiah - Josiah
They were raised up by God to bring periods of revival and reformation to the nation.
The OT books of Kings and Chronicles overlap and cover the same period of history.
Kings presents mainly an historical account of the two nations.
Chronicles presents "Gods view of history".
II Chronicles is a "Book about Revival"
Each of these Five Godly Revival Kings illustrates a different principle of Revival or Restoration.
Asa - Obey God’s Laws
Jehoshaphat - Teaching the Word
Joash - Paying what is due (restitution)
Hezekiah - Cleansing the Temple
Josiah - Return to hearing God’s Word
Purpose of the Histories
Foundational - Historical - Instructional
Historical books put flesh on the foundational books of the Bible and demonstrate what happens when the people follow the foundations vs. what happens when they don’t

INTRODUCTION: About Joash

Great-Grandson of Jehoshaphat
Grandmother was Athaliah - evil - read in chapter 22-23
Being the grandaughter of Omri - King of Israel () made her the sister or daughter of Ahab - current evil King of Israel.
Influencer of Ahaziah as his mother
2 Chronicles 22:3–4 NIV
He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing.
2 Chr 22:
Joash was the great grandson of Jehoshaphat, one of the godly kings of Judah. His grandmother was Athaliah who was either the sister or the daughter of Ahab, king of Israel. She had married one of the sons of Jehoshaphat.We begin this morning with some palace intrigue and treachery after the death of Joash¡¦s father.-12As we will soon discover, Athaliah was a very wicked and evil woman but thank God that for every ungodly woman there is a godly woman. Joash¡¦s great aunt saves his life and preserves the line of David.We have the child Joash, the only surviving heir to the throne of David, being hidden from the wicked Queen Athaliah for six years by the High Priest Jehoida.For six years Jehoida the High Priest waited.For six years Athaliah usurped the throne.For six years she led the nation into idolatryFor six years the priests of Baal prospered.But still Jehoida waited until the time was right. tells us that in the seventh year Jehoida made his move. He gathered the faithful men of Judah together and they crowned Joash King at age 7.Look at Vs. 11-15Jehoida, the High Priest was a remarkable man. He was God’s servant. He had no selfish motives or ambitions. He only wanted God¡¦s will - not his own.Joash is considered one of the five godly kings of Judah but the godly reign of Joash is more about the godly High Priest Jehoida than about Joash.Since Joash was only 7 when he came to the throne -- Jehoida was regent of the nation.I.

Quick Timeline

Ahaziah is judged and dies - there is no one strong enough to retain the Kingdom
His mother Athaliah fills the void and begins to destroy all descendents to possibly strengthen her position as ruler of Judah.
Joash’s aunt Jehosheba, hid Joash with her and her husband Jehoiada the priest (who we will here about later) in the temple for 6 years.
2 Chronicles 1:1 NIV
Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
2 Chronicles 23:1–2 NIV
In the seventh year Jehoiada showed his strength. He made a covenant with the commanders of units of a hundred: Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zikri. They went throughout Judah and gathered the Levites and the heads of Israelite families from all the towns. When they came to Jerusalem,
2 Chronicles 23:1–3 NIV
In the seventh year Jehoiada showed his strength. He made a covenant with the commanders of units of a hundred: Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zikri. They went throughout Judah and gathered the Levites and the heads of Israelite families from all the towns. When they came to Jerusalem, the whole assembly made a covenant with the king at the temple of God. Jehoiada said to them, “The king’s son shall reign, as the Lord promised concerning the descendants of David.
2 Chronicles 23:1 NIV
In the seventh year Jehoiada showed his strength. He made a covenant with the commanders of units of a hundred: Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zikri.
2 Chr 23
2 Chr
2 Chronicles 23:12–13 NIV
When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and cheering the king, she went to them at the temple of the Lord. She looked, and there was the king, standing by his pillar at the entrance. The officers and the trumpeters were beside the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and musicians with their instruments were leading the praises. Then Athaliah tore her robes and shouted, “Treason! Treason!”
2 Chr 23:
2Chr 23:
2 Chronicles 23:16–17 NIV
Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the Lord’s people. All the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars and idols and killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars.
2 Chronicles 23:16 NIV
Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the Lord’s people.
2 Chr 23:16
2Chr 23:
2 Chronicles 23:20–21 NIV
He took with him the commanders of hundreds, the nobles, the rulers of the people and all the people of the land and brought the king down from the temple of the Lord. They went into the palace through the Upper Gate and seated the king on the royal throne. All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was calm, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword.
2 Chr 23:20-
Joash Rebuilds the Temple
enforces the temple tax
a tax of repayment to the Lord - - a ransom for our lives
2 Chronicles 24:13 NIV
The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them. They rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it.
2 Chr 24:
High Priest Jehoiada deis
The noble and Joash trun from the temple
They worship in the high places
He stones Jehoiada’s son for warning him
Joash dies - and is NOT buried with the kings

The Elements of Revival (personal and nationwide)

Renewed Covenant.
Re-commitment to follow the Lord
a destroying of anything that stands between you and Him.
Worships was Restored (The Lord inhabits the Praises of HIs people)
The King needs to be established as on the throne.
The Temple must be worked on and prioritized (we are the temple)

The Elements of a Fall

Followed the ways of the world not he ways of God - slow progression until..
The temple gets neglected
I don’t pray because
I don’t read because ---
I don’t worship because
I don’t tell others about Him because...
Intentionally lifting up the ways of the world.
Ignoring the call to repent.

Conclusion.

Goal for theses messages is
Hope is that you may find your personal revival to lead us to a church revival, a community revival and beyond. but lets start within us.
Where do you find yourself today?
Renewing the covenant
working on the temple
neglecting the things of the Lord
intentionally lifting up worldly things instead of Godly things...
An opportunity to repent is being placed before us today.. do we ignore it or do we embrace it.
Repeat:
Dear Lord
I have ignored your ways and have followed my ways
Today I surrender to your promises,
your precepts,
and give you your place
on the throne of my life. Reign in my heart in Jesus Name… Amen
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