The Boy King
Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 11-12
Key Verse: 2 Kings 12:2
Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
There are two spellings for the 7-year-old king’s name, Jehoash and Joash, The boy king. Under the tutelage of a priest, Joash began a reign of 40 years in Judah. Both Judah and Israel had fallen from the unity and prosperity they had experienced under David and Solomon. Since the death of Solomon, the 10 tribes to the north had no righteous kings. In the tribes to the south (Judah and Benjamin), some rulers like Joash, served the Lord. Because of those few good rulers, Judah was able to maintain its sovereignty for 150 years longer that Israel. Leaders today who are right before God and their people can have the same impact. Our intercessory prayers on behalf of our families, our neighbors, and our leaders are absolutely essential to peace, security, prosperity, and a place of positive influence in the world. Please read 1 Timothy 2:1-8.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, Your servant and apostle tells us, “First of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Tim. 2:1-2). That’s a tall order, Lord. It’s easy to pray every day for those I like, but I have a problem with some leaders. I know that these instructions are not optional. I am to love everyone. Therefore, I pray for a large dose of Your love and grace to fill my life 24/7. In Your all loving Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My granddaughter, Sarah Shaheen Stowell, who is Arab Israeli on her father’s side, called in to the Michael Coren Live Show on CTS. She was 17 at the time and had just moved to Canada from Jerusalem. She told Michael, his guests and his viewers that as a Christian, she had just moved to Canada from Israel and that she knew that she should love all people, Jews included, but that it was hard to do that. Michael said that hers was the most intelligent call he received throughout the show. When I told him that was my granddaughter, he made the effort to visit her at her home in Burlington.