My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Monday, December 12, 2005

2 Chronicles 24

King Joash

Joash became king at age seven, and reigned 40 years. He got Jehoiada to set up a collection box outside the temple, and to use the collected money to restore the temple. All Judah gave generously, and the temple was restored. Jehoiada died at 130, and was buried with the kings.

After his death, Joash turned against God, and people rejected his prophets and worshipped other gods and idols. Zechariah, Jehoiada's son, told Joash that God had forsaken him, and he had forsaken God. They killed him in the temple courtyards.

The Arameans attacked, and ransacked Jerusalem, and killed Joash. Amaziah, his son, succeeded him.

Key verse:
10. All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full.

My thoughts:
It's interesting to see how charity worked in much the same way as it does now. People have money, which they choose to give to a good cause. You can see how early it was in human culture that personal currency started happening.

It's pretty sad that Zechariah was killed in the temple. I have a feel that this is refered to in the New Testament. Does anyone know where it is?


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