THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
2 KINGS 11:1-16
which have the rule over you..."
When Jehoram died and his son Ahaziah was killed, Athaliah seized the power of state for herself, killing all the royal males except for Joash, who had been concealed by Jehosheba and Jehoiada (2 Kings 11:1-3). By the ingenuity of Jehosheba (the wife of Jehoiada the high priest), Joash, then an infant, escaped and was hidden in the temple for six years (2 Chron 22:10-12).
In the seventh year, Jehoiada plotted with supporters loyal to the family of David to dethrone Athaliah and successfully proclaimed Joash as king (2 Kings 11:1-16; 2 Chron 22:10-23:15). The Davidic line was reestablished when Joash, the lone-survivor of Athaliah’s purge, was placed on the throne (2 Kings 11:12).
During those formative years of Joash’s early life, he was under the moral and spiritual influence of Jehoiada. And, under the guidance of Jehoiada, the reign of Joash was a good and godly one. Baal worship was destroyed, the temple was repaired, and the people were revived to return to the LORD. While Jehoiada lived, he was used of God to preserve the nation in the days of Joash. But after his death, "… 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" (2 Chron 24:18).
Remember them which have the rule over you. Remember our faithful pastors who are God’s appointed under-shepherds. They rule well over us with all faithfulness, prudence, and diligence. They point us to the way of peace, life, and salvation to men, and direct us to Christ. They are our guides in understanding the Scriptures. They lead us in the paths of faith and holiness. Let us always pray for them.
THOUGHT: Am I praying for my pastor and church leaders always?
PRAYER: "Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed" (Ps 89:50-51).