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glue June 22 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: 2Kings 11:1-3; 2Chronicles 22:10-12; 2Kings 11:4-21; 2Chronicles 23; 2Kings 12:1-16; 2Chronicles 24:1-16; 2Kings 10:28-36; 2Kings 13:1-3; 2Kings 13:22-23; 2Kings 13:4-11; 2Chronicles 24:17-27; 2Kings 12:17-21

Making our Commitments Stick

When we glue things together there are directions given (if we choose to read them) for preparing the surfaces before we adhere anything to them. The surfaces to be bonded must be clean and sometimes roughed up so that they will stick.

In the days of Jehoiada, the high priest in Judah, spiritual repair and reconstruction were necessary. Athaliah made herself queen mother after the death of her son, King Ahaziah. She was a wicked woman, a daughter of the Israelite king, Ahab. She was a Baal worshipper (Baal was a false Canaanite god). When she seized power, she killed all of Ahaziah’s children to remove any possible competition for her throne. Something had to be done because she was so wicked. Spiritual repair and reconstruction were needed, more than any glue that might be applied. In the mercy and grace of God, Jehoiada and his wife Jehosheba (a sister to Ahaziah) acted astutely; they hid Joash, King Ahaziah’s baby boy, in the temple and protected him for future days.

Seven years later, when the time was right, Jehoiada made a binding agreement with the palace guards, and under heavy guard the young boy was presented as king. The wicked queen, Athaliah, saw it and cried, “Treason! Treason!” She was killed at the horse gate on the palace grounds.

Jehoiada then made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people that they would be the LORD's people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. (2Kings 11:17, NIV)

Spiritual repair and reconstruction starts with a commitment to the LORD that leads to actions of genuine repentance. One of the first things we do to show genuine repentance is to get rid of our idols (anything that is more important than God), and then set things right. This is equivalent to roughing up and cleaning the surface before applying the glue.

All the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars and idols to pieces and killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars. Then Jehoiada the priest posted guards at the temple of the LORD. He took with him the commanders of hundreds, the Carites, the guards and all the people of the land, and together they brought the king down from the temple of the LORD and went into the palace, entering by way of the gate of the guards. The king then took his place on the royal throne, and all the people of the land rejoiced. And the city was quiet, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword at the palace. Joash was seven years old when he began to reign” (2Kings 11:18- 21, NIV).

Under the careful mentoring and tutelage of Jehoiada, the young Joash led the nation of Judah to seek the LORD and give him honor. A notable accomplishment in his life was the repair and reconstruction of Solomon’s temple and the restoration of worship. We can learn from this that it is not enough to just tear down our idols; we must replace idol worship with true worship. What work of God has he called you to do? Are you doing it? This world is full of broken lives, and God calls us to the ministry of reconciliation (2Corinthians 5:18). The lives of individuals and even nations must be repaired and reconstructed to please the LORD.

Unfortunately, the glue (spiritual commitment) did not stick for Joash. This can also be true for many people who start out well, have good mentors, and even live a life of service to the LORD. Why does this happen? Perhaps the surface of their own life had not been roughed up and there was not a strong personal commitment to God. In the account of Joash we read that he lived a privileged life and, except for repairing the temple, Jehoiada always made decisions for him. After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of the king came to him and apparently influenced Joash to relax his godly standard. Joash was easily influenced and it appears he wanted to be popular with the people.

Failure to repair and reconstruct Israel was also the mistake of King Jehu. In his righteous zeal he killed Jezebel, Ahab’s whole family and their associates, and even the priests and temple of Baal, but he did not replace wickedness with righteousness. Though he was a better leader than his predecessors, he continued to allow the worship of idols in the northern kingdom of Israel. God was not pleased with how he led the nation. Unfortunately, his son Jehoahaz, followed in his footsteps and his kingdom was almost destroyed by the Arameans (Damascus). What about us? When we repent, do we just get rid of the bad stuff in our lives? If we do not replace the bad habits with good habits we will fall back in our commitment and others may follow our bad example. Are Bible reading, prayer, corporate worship, Christian service and good neighborly deeds part of our daily lives? We need to live a lifestyle of righteousness to please the LORD.

Lessons to live by:

  • Spiritual repair and reconstruction starts with a commitment to the LORD that leads to actions of genuine repentance. One of the first things we do to show genuine repentance is to get rid of our idols (anything that is more important than God), and then set things right.
  • It is not enough to just tear down our idols; we must replace idol worship with true worship. If we do not replace the bad habits with good habits we will fall back in our commitments.
  • Our spiritual repairs and reconstructions will only last (stick) if we ourselves have genuinely repented and have a true commitment to the LORD, and we are careful to personally maintain the relationship (more...).

Today’s Bible memory verse:

Hebrews 13:7 “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” (NIV)

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