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Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Read: 2 Chronicles 24:1-22

 [1]Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of Beersheba.[2]And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.[3]And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.[4]And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.[5]And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.[6]And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?[7]For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.[8]And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.[9]And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.[10]And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.[11]Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.[12]And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.[13]So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.[14]And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.[15]But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.[16]And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.[17]Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.[18]And 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.[19]Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.[20]And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.[21]And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.[22]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.

MEMORISE: _The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit_ (Ecclesiastes 7:8).

The story of Joash, the young king of Judah, shows that one can start well, but still finish in a bad way.

There is always something sad about seeing person with great potentials who starts well but falls apart in the end. When a young man or woman makes a profession of faith in Christ and begins serving Him with zeal, but along the line, he or she gets tripped off and falls by the wayside, it is always sad!

King Joash was a boy with great potentials; his life was under God’s providential care, because he was rescued from death from his wicked grandmother, Athaliah. His godly uncle, Jehoida, and aunt, Jehoshabeath raised him. He was anointed as king at age seven. He started well by restoring the temple which had been desecrated and had fallen into ruin under Athaliah. He reproved the priests and got funds together to complete the renovation of God’s house. What a godly man he was!

However, immediately after Jehoiada’s death, he was tempted by the leaders of Judah, and he listened. They abandoned the house of the Lord and fell into idolatry. God even sent His prophet to warn him, but he killed the prophet who happened to be the son of his uncle who raised him. In the end, he wasn’t given honour of being buried among the kings in Jerusalem. What a shameful end.

King Solomon (1 Kgs. 3:3-5) also started well but got tripped off too, through stern disobedience against the God of his father. What a disaster!.

Many believers today are now, “once upon a time Christian.” They started very well with God, but either got derailed, or are at the verge of derailing. If you are one of such, examine your life *(2 Cor. 13:5).* If you feel you are derailing, call upon God for restoration because the end of your journey in Christian race matters than the beginning. What is your attitude towards Bible study, personal devotion, quiet time, personal/congregational vigil, evangelism, etc.? The end is at hand; watch out!

*1.* Lord, ignite the fire of Your love in me; I want to be zealous for You more than ever before.
*2.* Father, destroy the spirit of lukewarmness in my life, today, and help me to finish well, in Jesus’ name.
*3.* Lord, revive and restore Your church today to her first love, in Jesus’ name.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 Samuel 1:20 – 3:19; Luke 16:11 – 17:1
Remain Blessed!
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