I can use my influence more carefully and intentionally to lead people and organizations toward God’s plans, purposes, and ways. How about you? Have you thought about your impact in your circle of influence? The story of Jehoiada calls us to step it up…
10 When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family of the house of Judah. 11 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes who were about to be murdered and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Because Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of the priest Jehoiada, was Ahaziah’s sister, she hid the child from Athaliah so she could not kill him. 12 He remained hidden with them at the temple of God for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.
1 In the seventh year Jehoiada showed his strength. He made a covenant with the commanders of units of a hundred: Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zikri. 2 They went throughout Judah and gathered the Levites and the heads of Israelite families from all the towns. When they came to Jerusalem, 3 the whole assembly made a covenant with the king at the temple of God.
Jehoiada said to them, “The king’s son shall reign, as the Lord promised concerning the descendants of David.
11 Jehoiada and his sons brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him; they presented him with a copy of the covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him and shouted, “Long live the king!”
12 When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and cheering the king, she went to them at the temple of the Lord. 13 She looked, and there was the king, standing by his pillar at the entrance. The officers and the trumpeters were beside the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and musicians with their instruments were leading the praises. Then Athaliah tore her robes and shouted, “Treason! Treason!”
15 So they seized her as she reached the entrance of the Horse Gate on the palace grounds, and there they put her to death.
16 Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the Lord’s people. 17 All the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars and idols and killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars.
21 All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was calm, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword.
1 Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. 2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest. 3 Jehoiada chose two wives for him, and he had sons and daughters.
4 Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the Lord.
2Chronicles 22:10-12, 23:1-3, 11-13, 15-17, 21, 24:1-4
After the death of Ahaziah, who was a wicked king, his mother Athaliah took power for six years. Athaliah could not see the writing on the wall that God was displeased with her son and her for the way they ignored the Lord’s precepts. And so, Athaliah was on a collision course with destiny. God would permit her breath for another six years, presumably so that her grandson, Joash, could grow to an age in which he could take the throne.
Joash was seven when he became king, and although he was at the age of reason, he obviously couldn’t reign in the way an adult would. Enter Jehoiada. Jehoiada was the priest who was hiding Joash from Athaliah. And we see him show his strength in that seventh year.
We can find encouragement in the restoration of Judah to following the Lord and in Joash being devoted to God. Reading ahead, however, we will find that once Jehoiada passes away, Joash does not continue to follow God. Which makes Jehoiada the key player in the close to forty years Joash is on the throne.
Jehoiada used his power and influence to draw the people and leadership of Judah toward the Lord. And as long as he was front and centre, Judah pleased the Lord. Have you thought about your impact in your circle of influence? Whether it be in your family or work or school or organization, are you a north star influence to keep things on track?
This is both a responsibility and a risk. When you realize that you are keeping things focused, the pressure mounts to consider every step as important. The risk is that without your leadership, there won’t be enough momentum to continue.
The good news is that God doesn’t rely on the Jehoiada’s to preserve his kingdom. Ultimately, the Lord has that figured out already. Occasionally, though, he will use a Jehoiada (or an Esther) for such a time as this.
I don’t think I am or will be a Jehoiada. I do think, however, that I can use my influence more carefully and intentionally to lead people and organizations toward God’s plans, purposes, and ways. How about you?