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Lessons on Joash (3)—Who Is He That God Will Honor?

Lessons on Joash (3)—Who Is He That God Will Honor? details logo The LORD is near - Saturday, May 14, 2022
by Jacob Redekop, Brian Reynolds, John van Dijk, Eugene P. Vedder Jr
Lessons on Joash (3)—Who Is He That God Will Honor?

[Joash’s] servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest, and killed him on his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.
2 Chronicles 24:25

Lessons on Joash (3)—Who Is He That God Will Honor?
There is a great blessing in fearing God and serving Him faithfully. We see it clearly when we compare the end of King Joash and the end of Jehoiada the priest. Jehoiada lived 130 years, and by that time, it was clearly a sign of the approbation of God; Joash lived only 47 years. A conspiracy was orchestrated against Zechariah, son of Jehoiada; well, the same happened to Joash who commanded to stone Zechariah. Joash was killed by two of his servants (Zabad or Jozachar, which means a giver, or Jehovah is rememberer, and Jehozabad, Jehovah is endower). When Zechariah was dying, he said, “May the Lord see and avenge!” (2 Chr. 24:22). And indeed God saw to give back to Joash what he did. Finally, we see that Joash was not buried in the sepulchers of the kings. But who was buried there? Jehoiada! “They buried him in the city of David among the kings.” Why? “Because he had done good in Israel, and toward God and his house” (2 Chr. 24:16). And God honored him!

Our Lord Jesus has said, “If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him” (Jn. 12:26). God will always honor those who serve His Son faithfully. God “will render to each one according to his works” (Rom. 2:6). This is why, based on the same principle—for God is the same and does not change—Jehoiada was honored and not Joash. And so, there is a reward and a blessing for all those who do good toward the house of God and the people of God!

The person of the Lord Jesus is so precious to the Father that He will honor anyone who serves Christ, no matter how small the service. Nothing will go unnoticed by the eyes of the Father. Let this warm our hearts today as we carry the precious name of Christ and serve Him in this world that still rejects Him.

Alexandre Leclerc


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