Today’s passage catches us up to speed on the reign of two Israelite kings that were in power during Joash’s (Judah’s king) life. These kings – Jehoahaz and Jehoash (a lot of J’s going on here, tough to sort out in our non-Hebraic minds) were interesting fellows. Each of their epitaphs were probably similar to what is written about them in verses 2 & 11: “He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and followed the sins of Jeroboam…” Such tragic verses about men who were supposed to be the spiritual AND political leaders of the Lord’s people.
There was a glimmer of a shining moment for Jehoahaz, though, in verses 4 and 5. In the midst of his poor, sinful leadership, he turned to the Lord. This would prove to be temporary, but it was vital for God’s people:
Then Jehoahaz sought the favor of the LORD, and the LORD listened to him, for he saw the oppression of Israel, how the king of Syria oppressed them. (Therefore the LORD gave Israel a savior, so that they escaped from the hand of the Syrians, and the people of Israel lived…) 2 Kings 13:4-5 ESV
Jehoahaz was not the best king in Israel’s history. Neither was Joash or Jehoash. It wouldn’t prove to be Solomon, or his father David. While in some form or another these men proved to be momentary “saviors” for Israel (v.4-5), they would pale in comparison to the One who is to come. His name is Jesus, and He is a worthy King. He’s the true “King of Glory” described in Psalm 24. And He’s the King that all of Heaven and Earth will bow to one day:
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 7:9-12 ESV
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor