Joash: The 7 Year Old King

Read about the reign of Joash in 2 Kings 11 and 12 and in 2 Chronicles 24.

Remember that Jehoshaphat king of Judah had allied himself with the nation of Israel by arranging a marriage between his son Jehoroam and Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel.

Not surprisingly Jehoram (married to Athaliah) and his son Ahaziah (son of Athaliah) were wicked kings, much more like Ahab and Jezebel than Jehoshaphat. When Ahaziah died, Athaliah murdered all the royal heirs except Joash who was rescued by his sister Jehosheba who hid him for 6 years. When he was 7 years old Jehoiada the priest (husband of Jehosheba) executed a plan to have Athaliah removed and Joash proclaimed to be king. 2 Kings 11:4-16.

What does 2 Kings 11:17-21 tell us about his reign? Who was the true influence for good at this time?

What does 2 Kings 12:1, 2 tell us about the the reign of Joash?

What accomplishment of Joash do we read about in 2 Kings 12:4-16? (See what Chronicles says about this in the closing statement on the life of Joash – 2 Chronicles 24:27). What positive examples do you see in his role in the repairing of the temple?

What happened to Joash when Jehoiada the priest died?  See 2 Chronicles 24:15-22.

What specific sinful deed did he commit recorded in 20-21?

How did Joash die? (2 Chronicles 24:23-25)

THOUGHT QUESTIONS:

2 Chronicles 24:22 is a strong commentary on the life of Joash. What lesson do you take away from this sad example?

Notice the differences in the burials of Jehoiada (2 Chronicles 24:16) and Joash (2 Chronicles 24:25).  What do you think is the significance of this?

What do you learn from the story of Joash King of Judah?

Next Week: Thanksgiving devotional. The lesson will be on our websites when this class is completed.

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