On verses 1-9: These verses describe the 17 year reign of Jehoahaz King of Israel, the son of Jehu. Notice that because Jehoahaz did evil in the Lord’s eyes by following the sins of Jeroboam, worshiping the golden calves Jeroboam had set up (v2), the entire nation under Jehoahaz’s care suffered greatly and oppressed by their foreign enemy, the Arameans (v3). With hardly an army to defend the nation (v7), Jehoahaz finally looks to the Lord for help and the Lord provides a deliverer to rescue Jehoahaz and the nation of Israel (4-5). Even so Jehoahaz does not turn completely away from the idols in Israel (v6).
What can we learn from Jehoahaz’ life?
1. When we turn away from God, three things happen: (1) those in our care end up suffering, (2) we become vulnerable to the attack of the enemy, and (3) like a nation without an army our ability to defend and fight back is severely limited.
2. The sooner we turn back to the Lord for help, the better off we and those in our care will be. On verses 10-13: Jehoash takes over the throne of Israel from father Jehoahaz and reigns for 16 years. We’ll look more closely at the life of Jehoash as part of tomorrow’s passage.
Heavenly Father, I realize today that how closely I follow You doesn’t just affect me but even more it affects all those you have placed in my care and who have a connection to me. So that I and those around me can experience every blessing You planned to bring into and through my life, may I follow You closely. Thank You for being my deliverer whenever my focus gets distracted. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!