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This chapter is really about the next “good” king of Judah, Joash. There a few characters that we need to know here. First, we are reminded of Ahaziah’s death in chapter 9, this is brought up again because we are introduced to his mother, Athaliah. She was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, so she destroyed all of the royal family, from David’s side. But, we are then introduced to Jehosheba, the daughter of Joram, Ahaziah’s sister, who took Joash, Ahaziah’s son, to save his life. She hid him for 6 years. In the 7th year, a man named Jehoiada, a priest, brought the boy to the captain, and made a covenant with them to protect him with 1/3 of the bodyguards at the kings house, 1/3 at the gate, and another 1/3 at the gate by the guards. Joash was then crowned king, at 7 years old (11:21), and reigned for 40 years (12:1). Before he was revealed, we must note that Athaliah was the queen mother, given the death of her son. She ruled for 6 years before she witnessed the king before her own eyes, she did not know there was a rightful heir. Jehoiada has her executed, giving Joash the undisputed crown. Best of all, Jehoiada made a covenant with the Lord that the people would once again belong to the Lord, and the Lord will be their Lord. After this, all the people went down to the temple of Baal, and tore it down. 

In the Lord’s providence, we see Him restore a good king in Judah, the Baal worship torn down and there was peace in the land. Do you see what happens when a nation of people return to the Lord? We, in the US, were once known as a Christian nation, now much of our nation is trying to disassociate with that identity. It is only when we humble ourselves as a nation and repent that we will be again a Christian nation. Would you pray for our country? Would you pray for humbleness and repentance? Please join me. 

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