“And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.”
Many look at the good things the king did, such as gathering a large collection of mammon to restore the house of the Lord, but do not grasp the entire picture of what this chapter really shows. Joash did do “that which was right in the sight of the LORD,” but many do not realize the magnitude of the words: “all the days of Jehoiada the priest.” A careful reading of this chapter will show us that we truly have this priest of the Most High God to thank for the reforms that took place in the days of Joash. Jehoiada lived to a ripe old age and was buried among the kings, but right after his death, both the king and his princes served idols and persecuted those who spoke against their doings, even the son of Jehoiada. Thus, it was recorded, “Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son.”
Joash, under the influence of Jehoiada the priest, did many wonderful works in the name of the Lord. But after that influence died away, he turned the way of so many kings before and after–to idolatry. One who was once zealous for the commandments of the Lord became the persecutor of those who should uphold them and speak against his darkened ways. Though Jehoiada, a priest, was buried with the kings, it was recorded of Joash: “they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.” Oh, what a difference one man in a shepherd role can make! May those who take up such positions never forget the power they wield for good or evil.
May your influence lead to great reforms,