You are the result of the investment of others. Grandparents, parents, mentors and teachers, and so on. Joash forgets this truth. His story demonstrates what happens when grace is forgotten and ingratitude reigns.
Joash listens to wrong counsel. Evil men wait in the shadows to replace Jehoiada. After Jehoiada's death they fill the void with their own counsel as they flatter the king, "Now after the death of Jehoiada the leaders of Judah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them" (2 Chron. 24:17). Their counsel opposes everything Jehoiada stood for. Even today evil counselors lurk and plot in the shadows of leadership until they can assume that role.
Had Joash listened to Moses' warning in Deuteronomy, he would have guarded against the ingratitude that comes from forgetting God's grace, "And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not" (Deut. 8:2). That same warning applies to believers today.
Why does the LORD allow the Syrians to invade Judah? What does this reveal about God?
Why does the LORD show kindness to Jehoahaz, king of Israel, in spite of his rebellion and idolatry?
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