Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 24:1-16. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 24:4 (NIV)
4 Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the LORD.
On verses 1-14: When Athaliah was ruling Judah, she abandoned the temple of the Lord and allowed it to go into disrepair. Not just that, during that time worshipers of Baal, the idol that Athaliah worshiped, would break into the temple of the Lord and steal its sacred objects for use in their worship of Baal (v7). Athaliah looked down on the temple of the Lord. In contrast, King Joash comes into power and has a heart for the temple. To finance the temple repairs, Joash orders the priests and Levites to collect monies that the law of the Lord required the people to give. When the priests and Levites are slow to act, Joash rebukes Jehoiada the lead priest and decides to institute another way to collect the funds: he issues a proclamation in all Judah and Jerusalem that everyone is to bring in the tax that Moses required. The people responded gladly, pouring so many offerings into the collection chest that after the temple was repaired and rebuilt, there was money left over to make new articles for the temple (v10-14).