Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 24
Loosely adapted from 2 Kings 11:21-12:21, this is supplemented with the Chronicler’s own material (see 2 Chronicles 24:27). Joash’s reign (835-796 B.C.) falls into two parts: a faithful period, while Jehoiada the priest was alive (vv.1-16), followed by apostasy ending in judgment (vv. 17-27).
Throughout 2 Chronicles, the religious character of a king can be readily gauged by his attitude toward the temple, and this is most evident in the case of Joash: in his faithful period, he is devoted to the restoration of the temple (vv. 4, 5, 12), but in his apostasy, he abandons it for idolatry (v. 18). (ESV Study Notes)
It is interesting that when the King is most faithful to God he was devoted to the temple. The temple was where the presence of God dwelt. The faithful king desired to honor God and draw near to him. Now for us today, we relate to this story line through our personal holiness. We no longer go to a physical temple in terms of a structure. We are now the temples of God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and when we are being faithful to God we show our faith by being obedient in what we do. The opposite is also true because when we abandon our faith in God it shows up in our speech, actions, and desires through our sinful choices.
How do we know if we are walking with God? Simply put our worship will drive us to obey God.
“Jesus answered him, “if anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”
What does your care for your temple (body, holiness) say about your faith?
Posted by: Chad Wiles