2 Chronicles 24:23-27 – Killing the King Will Not Solve The Problems…

Posted: October 8, 2020 in 14-2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 24:23-27

The End of Joash’s Reign in Judah

Opening Illustration/Comments

Last night, I had forgotten that the Vice-Presidential candidates’ debate was on until about 20 minutes after it had begun. When I remembered, I switched over to the nearest channel that was carrying the debate. I am not here to push one candidate over the other, however, one thing that I did notice is that, regardless of topic, the Democratic candidate blamed whatever the problem was on Donald Trump. It was his fault that the pandemic happened. It was his fault that the economy tanked for a period of time after the pandemic spread across the USA. The pandemic and its economic effects would have been absolutely the same regardless of who the President is. Ultimately, it seems, the Democratic push this year has been whatever the problems the United States has, whether they predated Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, whatever it is, it is Trump’s fault. If they could blame the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sally recently, they would. The sad thing for America is that there is a large swath of the American people that actually believe this rhetoric.

I am not blaming the Democrats for doing this. They are playing, quite effectively, on the fact that America has turned from God and are seeking direction from anything that they can grab hold of as an idol to give their life meaning. We worship celebrities. We worship the President as if he is the answer to all our problems. Thus, we worship the government to be our god. We worship the antithesis of any incumbent President when the world is not working out toward our preferences. Then, the opposition candidate becomes the focus of our worship. We worship celebrity preachers instead of God. We worship new houses and new cars. We worship that something is wrong with America and it is something new every couple of years. We worship our phones. We worship trendy food regimes. We worship yoga outfits and being in the know on the latest exercise routines. We worship making our house decorated correctly for the current season. We worship Starbucks. We worship skinny jeans with pretorn holes in them. We worship trendy retro glasses. We worship Amazon. We worship pre-made and shipped gourmet meals that arrive at your doorstep. We worship our jobs. We worship athletes. All of these things of a material nature are what we worship. We worship being on the correct side of the cancel culture. We worship the cancel culture for those who are not politically correct. We worship the intolerance of tolerance of all things. We worship ourselves. We worship everything except God.

It is sad to say after watching last night’s debate that the large parts of our nation’s people really do think that Trump is either Satan himself or an angel sent down from heaven. There are large parts of our country’s people who think that Joe Biden is the answer to everything that is wrong with our country. I am here to tell you that nothing is going to fix America until we as a nation in whole return to worshiping God. Trump is not the panacea to all the problems that existed as of January 2017. Joe Biden is not the savior to correct the complete and utter devastation, to hear the Democrats, caused by Donald Trump. Trump is not the blame for everything that ever was, is, or will be wrong with America and Biden is not the white knight to save America from ruin.

It is that idea of getting at the root cause of the problems of a nation that I thought of this morning when reading this passage, 2 Chronicles 24:23-27. Here, Joash becomes the target of assassins because they feel he is the reason the country is out of control when he was just a symptom of a larger national problem – a nation no longer loyal to God. Let us read through it this morning, together, with that idea in mind:

Scripture Passage

23 In the spring of the year[b] the Aramean army marched against Joash. They invaded Judah and Jerusalem and killed all the leaders of the nation. Then they sent all the plunder back to their king in Damascus. 24 Although the Arameans attacked with only a small army, the Lord helped them conquer the much larger army of Judah. The people of Judah had abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, so judgment was carried out against Joash.

25 The Arameans withdrew, leaving Joash severely wounded. But his own officials plotted to kill him for murdering the son[c] of Jehoiada the priest. They assassinated him as he lay in bed. Then he was buried in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery. 26 The assassins were Jozacar,[d] the son of an Ammonite woman named Shimeath, and Jehozabad, the son of a Moabite woman named Shomer.[e]

27 The account of the sons of Joash, the prophecies about him, and the record of his restoration of the Temple of God are written in The Commentary on the Book of the Kings. His son Amaziah became the next king.

Passage Analysis

In this passage, we see that the reason for the officers’ plot against Joash was mainly for his allowing or ordering of the murder of the prophet Zechariah, and he had begun worshiping idols instead of God. Further, the country had been overrun by the Arameans. Things were just getting out of control under the reign of Joash. They did not kill him because he turned away from God, they killed him because the kingdom was coming loose at the hinges and they saw an opportunity to further their own interests under the guise of making things better for the nation, I am sure. In the end, Joash became an evil man and was killed by equally evil people. It is apparent that they saw killing the king would make things right again. They blamed Joash for all the problems of the nation. Sure, he was an evil king, according to this scripture, but he was not Satan himself and killing him would not magically right the nation. There was a greater national problem of a country that had turned its back on God.

Life Application

I think the thing that we need to takeaway this morning is that we, as Americans, should learn from scripture that a government leader should not be the object of our worship. They will always disappoint. To think that electing another person as president will magically make things perfectly alright and like paradise again is simply idol worship. To think that our nation is going to go down the tubes because we elect someone other than current president is making the current president an idol as well. The President is not a god. Whatever the problems were four years ago did not magically appear because Trump became President. Whatever the problems are now will not magically disappear if Biden comes into office in January 2021. The President is not the answer. The President should not be the focus of our hopes and dreams.

Let us on both sides of the political spectrum quit acting like our political candidate is a god who can save us from the other side. Let us on both sides realize that all the social issues plaguing our country did not magically materialize under the current administration. Let us on both sides realize that these problems existed before and will exist after the current administration. Our nation’s significant social issues are long haul issues that will have to be addressed appropriate by several consecutive presidents regardless of party.

Our problem, just as was in biblical Israel and Judah, is that we have strayed from God and we have started worshiping other things than God. We seem to be a country that revels in that which is against God’s command in His Word. We literally are shaking our fist in God’s face, regardless of who the president is. We glory in doing it too. We think of ourselves as too evolved now for God. And then we wonder why our country seems to be spiraling out of control. We have strayed from God. We must return to Him. Glory in Him. Glory in knowing that what He prohibits is not to hold us back from self-actualization but rather from descending into the full-on consequences of sin in all our lives. His Word is to protect us from the ramifications of sin. The story of biblical Israel and Judah is simply a mirror to us and we must take notice. We are headed in the same direction. Let us repent and worship God and not Donald Trump or Joe Biden.

Amen and Amen.

Comments
  1. Elena Bowling says:

    This is good!!

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