Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s readings, we learn that Ahab’s successor Ahaziah turns to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to know the future. Elijah tells him that he will die in his unfaithfulness. Azariah dies without a son, so his brother becomes king. There are now two kings named Jehoram – one in Israel and one in Judah.
Joash became king at age seven as an excellent mentor to the priest Jehoiada. He helps him to be good and strong. Joash reinstates Temple worship and the tax to ensure this worship. When Jehoiada dies, Joash stops being faithful to the Lord. When Jehoiada’s son Zechariah tries to call Joash back to righteousness, he has him killed by stoning. This act causes Joash to be murdered by his own subjects. Joash could have died as a hero, as a king who was faithful and led the people to righteousness and blessing. Instead, he dies a villain.
Like Joash, we too can fail in our fidelity to the Lord. We need to discover mentors who will tell us when we are going the wrong way and draw us back to faithfulness. We need to pray to God for the grace to have our hearts and minds fully converted to him.
Is there a person in your life that keeps you faithful to the Lord?
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
2 Kings 1
1 After Ahab’s death Moab rebelled against Israel.
2 Ahaziah had fallen from the balcony of his upper room in Samaria, and was lying ill; so he sent messengers, saying to them, ‘Go and consult Baal-Zebub god of Ekron and ask whether I shall recover from my illness.’
3 But the angel of Yahweh said to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Up! Go and intercept the king of Samaria’s messengers. Say to them, “Is there no God in Israel, for you to go and consult Baal-Zebub god of Ekron?
6 ‘A man came to meet us,’ they answered. ‘He said, “Go back to the king who sent you and tell him: Yahweh says this: Is there no Godin Israel, for you to go and consult Baal-Zebub god of Ekron? For this, you will never leave the bed you have got into; you are certainly going to die.”‘
7 He said, ‘This man who met you and said all this, what was he like?’
13 The king then sent a third captain of fifty to him, with another fifty men. The third captain of fifty came up to Elijah, fell on his knees before him and pleaded with him. ‘Man of God,’ he said, ‘may my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours count for something in your eyes.
17 And, in accordance with the word of Yahweh which Elijah had uttered, he died. Since he had no son, his brother Jehoram succeeded him, in the second year of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.
18 The rest of the history of Ahaziah, and his career, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?
2 Chronicles 24
1 Joash was seven years old when he came to the throne and he reigned for forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.
5 Calling the priests and the Levites together, he said, ‘Go out to the towns of Judah and collect money from all Israel for annual repairs to the Temple of Yahweh. Do this quickly.’ But the Levites were in no hurry,
6 so the king summoned Jehoiada the chief priest and said, ‘Why have you not insisted on the Levites’ bringing in the tax from Judah and Jerusalem for the Tent of Witness, as imposed by Moses servant of Yahweh and the community of Israel?’ —
8 So, at the king’s order, a chest was made and put outside the gate of the Temple of Yahweh,
11 Whenever the chest was brought by the Levites for royal inspection and found to contain a large sum of money, the king’s secretary and the chief priest’s representative would come and empty the chest and then have it returned to its place. This was done day after day and a great deal of money was collected.
12 The king and Jehoiada handed it over to the foreman attached to the Temple of Yahweh, and the hired masons and carpenters set about repairing the Temple of Yahweh; and iron-workers and bronze-workers laboured to repair the Temple of Yahweh.
14 When they had finished, they brought the balance of the money to the king and Jehoiada, and with this vessels were made for the Temple of Yahweh, vessels for the liturgy and for the burnt offerings, bowls and other gold and silver vessels. And the perpetual burnt offering was offered in the Temple of Yahweh throughout Jehoiada’s lifetime.
20 The spirit of God then invested Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood up before the people and said, ‘God says this, “Why transgress Yahweh’s commands to your certain ruin? For if you abandon Yahweh, he will abandon you.”
21 They then plotted against him and, at the king’s order, stoned him in the court of the Temple of Yahweh.
23 At the turn of the year, the Aramaean army made war on Joash. When they reached Judah and Jerusalem, they massacred all the nation’s government officials and sent all their booty to the king of Damascus.
24 Although the invading Aramaean army was only a small body of men, Yahweh allowed them to defeat a very large army because they had abandoned Yahweh, God of their ancestors; thus they executed judgement on Joash. After they had retired — for they left him seriously wounded–
25 his own retainers plotted against him to avenge the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest and murdered him in his bed. When he died he was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
27 As regards his sons, the heavy tribute imposed on him, and the restoration of the Temple of God, this is recorded in the Commentary on the Book of the Kings. His son Amaziah succeeded him.
1 [For the choirmaster Tune: ‘Lilies . . .’ Of David] Save me, God, for the waters have closed in on my very being.
9 for I am eaten up with zeal for your house, and insults directed against you fall on me.
13 And so, I pray to you, Yahweh, at the time of your favour; in your faithful love answer me, in the constancy of your saving power.
24 Vent your fury on them, let your burning anger overtake them.
33 For God listens to the poor, he has never scorned his captive people.
34 Let heaven and earth and seas, and all that stirs in them, acclaim him!