FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
2 CHRONICLES 24:15-22
"… have forsaken the covenant
of the LORD their God..."
Upon the death of the good and godly man Jehoiada, it soon became evident that the strongest pillar of the state was removed. Joash changed radically. The Bible testifies that "Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him" (2 Kings 12:2), but after Jehoiada’s death (2 Chron 24:15), there was a sad declension. This was due to his association with the princes who worshipped other gods.
The apostasy is described: "And they left the house of the LORD God… and served groves and idols…" (2 Chron 24:18). Joash did not only give them leave to do it themselves, but he joined them. Soon, idols and groves began to be set up in Jerusalem and the other cities of Judah.
The high priest Zechariah, a worthy son of Jehoiada, testified against Joash’s action. Wrathful at the rebuke, the king gave orders that Zechariah be killed in the temple-court (2 Chron 24:21). "Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it" (2 Chron 24:22).
Will we forsake the Lord our God? He is the Lord who chose us to be His peculiar people even before the foundation of the world. He distinguished us with many favours from the rest of the people. He has established a covenant with us, mediated through His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has done so many great and wonderful things in our lives. He even promises us many good things including eternity in His Kingdom in heaven. Why would we forsake the God who loves us so much?
THOUGHT: Do I forsake the LORD my God?
PRAYER: "How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy" (Ps 78:40-42).