[bible1year] Devotional comments on II Kings 9-11

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 22 Apr 2015 11:46:44 -0000

        Today's chapters are filled with violence and blood. In them 
we see the Lord executing His wrath on those who had long despised 
Him and disobeyed His Word. We may cringe as we read these chapters, 
but we must remember that God had given the house of Ahab many 
opportunities to repent and escape judgment. While Jehu may have 
been over zealn5# and while his motives may not have always been 
spiritual, we must recognize the fact that he was God's instrument 
of wrath against a sinful people.

        God waited many years, and His judgment slumbered while His 
mercy was extended to an undeserving nation. Sinners must also take 
heed today, lest they try the patience of God and sin away their day 
of grace!

        In chapters 11 and 12 we read of Joash, the boy king. We see 
how God protected the seed of David, through which the Lord Jesus 
Christ was to be born. Satan's seed tried to exterminate God's seed, 
but God won the battle. Through the queen mother, Athaliah, Satan 
tried to wipe out the royal family but, in God's providence, Joash 
was rescued and protected for seven years. He was then proclaimed 
king and was blessed of God, because he was not willing to be a Baal 

        II Chronicles 24:15-27 tells us that when godly Jehoiada 
died, King Joash began to backslide and actually went into idolatry. 
It is sad when a man's faith is tied to another man, rather than to 
the Lord. God sent prophets to warn the king; but instead of 
listening and heeding their words, he actually had Zechariah stoned 
in the Temple court. Because of this murder (referred to by Jesus in 
Matthew 23:34,35) Joash was unable to cope with the Syrian invasion, 
and was later murdered by some of his own servants as they sought to 
avenge the innocent deaths of Jehoiada's sons. Joash had a good 
beginning and good training, but he failed; very likely because his 
faith was more in Jehoiada than the Lord.