The Chest of Joash
The Chest of Jehoash (Joash)
Jehoash (Joash), anointed king of Judah at the age of seven
Athaliah, Queen mother in Judah, the daughter of Jezebel (an evil woman)
Jehosheba, the aunt of Jehoash, rescuer of Jehoash (a courageous hero)
Jehoiada, priest, husband of Jehosheba, guardian of Jehoash (a faithful man)
God used the rule of an elementary-aged king, under the influential leadership of his uncle, the priest, to restore the temple in Jerusalem and renounce worshipping Baal.
1 In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. 2 And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places. (2 Kings 12:1-3 ESV)
Summary of Jehoash's life (12:1-3):
- His rule
- His mother
- His days
And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest. (2 Chronicles 24:2 ESV)
- His lacking
4 You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way. 5 But you shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go. (Deuteronomy 12:4-5 ESV)
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4 Jehoash said to the priests, "All the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of the LORD, the money for which each man is assessed—the money from the assessment of persons—and the money that a man's heart prompts him to bring into the house of the LORD, 5 let the priests take, each from his donor, and let them repair the house wherever any need of repairs is discovered." 6 But by the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, the priests had made no repairs on the house. 7 Therefore King Jehoash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and said to them, "Why are you not repairing the house? Now therefore take no more money from your donors, but hand it over for the repair of the house." 8 So the priests agreed that they should take no more money from the people, and that they should not repair the house. (2 Kings 12:4-8 ESV)
Financial challenges may come, but the church cannot grow accustomed to a lack of funding and ineffective ministry.
The Lord made provision to fund the temple and priests, and the king gave instructions on how to collect and use the resources to restore the temple.
Two things were required: 1) the faithfulness of the people to give, and 2) the priests' appropriate stewardship of the resources and their determination to repair the temple efficiently and well.
9 Then Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in the lid of it and set it beside the altar on the right side as one entered the house of the LORD. And the priests who guarded the threshold put in it all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD. 10 And whenever they saw that there was much money in the chest, the king's secretary and the high priest came up and they bagged and counted the money that was found in the house of the LORD. 11 Then they would give the money that was weighed out into the hands of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of the LORD.
15 And they did not ask for an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to pay out to the workmen, for they dealt honestly. 16 The money from the guilt offerings and the money from the sin offerings was not brought into the house of the LORD; it belonged to the priests. (2 Kings 12:9-16 ESV)
Faithful people eagerly give, providing the means for ministry and ministers.
And all the princes and all the people rejoiced and brought their tax and dropped it into the chest until they had finished. (2 Chronicles 24:10 ESV)
The leaders and the people were full of joy that the temple's repairs would be complete and that they had the opportunity to be personally involved. So many at MeadowBrook have the same attitudes. You love the Lord Jesus, love to worship him, love the gathering of the saints to worship, and are filled with joy to give for the new worship facility's construction. Praise the Lord.
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