We know that all scripture is good for instruction and training, and this study contains some amazing insight.
[2Ki 11:3 NKJV] 3 So he was hidden with her in the house of the LORD for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.
Athaliah means ‘the time of the Lord’! The Lord hid Joash (he who despairs or burns) for the first 6 years of his life from his wicked grandmother and the child was hidden in the temple of the Lord. She had put to death all the other heirs to the throne and would have murdered Joash as well if he hadn’t been hidden from her.
We have been hidden in the Lord for six thousand years. The Lord completed the work of creation in six days. A day with the Lord is as a thousand years to us…
[2Pe 3:8 NKJV] 8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
And then, in the 7th year, the Lord brought Joash out surrounded by warriors. The high priest Jehoiada had divided them into 3 groups, armed them and commanded them:
[2Ki 11:8 NKJV] 8 “But you shall surround the king on all sides, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whoever comes within range, let him be put to death. You are to be with the king as he goes out and as he comes in.”
[2Ki 11:10-12 NKJV] 10 And the priest gave the captains of hundreds the spears and shields which [had belonged] to King David, that were in the temple of the LORD. 11 Then the escorts stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, all around the king, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the temple, by the altar and the house. 12 And he brought out the king’s son, put the crown on him, and [gave him] the Testimony; they made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!”
[2Ki 11:21 NKJV] 21 Jehoash [was] seven years old when he became king.
Our Lord rested on the seventh day and our King is returning in the seventh day too! Notice now the kings name has changed from Joash (he who despairs or burns) to Jehoash (fire of the Lord)! Jehoash reigned as the king of Judah for 40 years.
[2Ki 12:2 NKJV] 2 Jehoash did [what was] right in the sight of the LORD all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
For forty years, a period of judgement, Israel did right. While the high priest Jehoiada (knowledge of the Lord) lived, King Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord; but…
[2Ch 24:15, 17 NKJV] 15 But Jehoiada grew old and was full of days, and he died; [he was] one hundred and thirty years old when he died. … 17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the leaders of Judah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them.
New advisors gained the ear of the king, and they were not godly advisors. when the godly influence was taken away, the people returned to their sin of idolatry. We need godly men and women to lead our nation in this time of crisis.
[2Ch 24:18 NKJV] 18 Therefore they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served wooden images and idols; and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem because of their trespass.
Things had came full circle – Israel again sinned and fell from the favor of the Lord. Then, Joash is murdered; and notice his name was changed back to Joash (he who despairs or burns).
[Pro 12:5 NLT] 5 The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
[Pro 12:26 NLT] 26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
The Lord is merciful and just. We can have good things and good and quiet lives, but we must follow after the Lord and his ways to obtain that. We have been given a reprieve and we have been redeemed from great evil and certain destruction in this last election. We have a chance to right the wrongs of the previous administration and come back beneath the wings of the Almighty.
Father, we pray for our land and her people – please heal the rift between the left and the right for we are brothers and sisters. Please help people accept the outcome of the election and move on. Please stop all the lying and hatred from both sides and restore us in love and harmony one to another in Jesus’ name. Please stop the mouths of all those who will not accept the new President and all the lying from the mainstream media. If they will not report the truth – then, please cause their enterprises and outlets to dissolve and blow away like chaff in the wind. Please raise up those who will report the truth – even if it hurts. Father, please heal our education system and remove all those who do not support our republic and instead support some notion of socialism. Return our education system to its roots and to the source of all wisdom and truth – your Word. Please continue to heal our land and restore us as one people, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. I pray in the matchless name of Jesus! Amen!