2 Kings 12

Joash repairs the temple
Joash did right but did not take away the high places, temple repair
 1 ¶ In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba.
.2 And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
.3 But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
  1 - Jehoash Or "Joash." Both names are used several times. See verses 2, 4, 19, 20 in this chapter and see 2ki1301.
  2 - Jehoida ... instructed See 2ch2402.
  3 - High places [of Pagan worship] were not taken away This situation had been going on for a long time. For example 1ki1514, 1ki2243, 2ki1404, 2ki1604. It would continue until Hezekiah abolished them 2ki1804. After him they would be revived! 2ki2103. There were also high places for true worship 1ki0302 but when the Scripture notes their not being taken away, we can be sure it referred to the evil ones. And today? To be sure we are not trying to worship God and Baal at the same time, we need to have Bible reasons for all we believe and do.
.4 ¶ And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the house of the LORD, 
 5 Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.
 6 But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.
  4 - Jehoash [Joash] said Perhaps younger eyes are more perceptive. We may wisely involve them in the activities and decisions of the church.
  4 - All the money There were several sources: "dedicated things" le27, "passeth the account" the half-sheckel temple tax ex3013 and the "heart" money or freewill offerings.
  5 - Repair Priests would supervise.
 7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.
 8 And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.
.9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD.
  9 - Chest As specified in 2ch2408.
 10 And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the LORD. 
 11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD, 
 12 And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.
  10 - King's scribe This was the job of accountant and business manager.
  11 - Told or "counted" or "determined" (NIV).
 13 Howbeit there were not made for the house of the LORD bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the LORD:
 14 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the house of the LORD.
.15 Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.
 16 The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the house of the LORD: it was the priests'.
  15 - Reckoned not Compare 2ki2207.
  16 - Trespass money Had been designated for the priests le0515, nu0506.
  As usual, remember that texts linked to often have more than one verse.
 17 ¶ Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.
 18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem.
  A high price but the alternative may have been much worse. If the nation had had a good relationship with God, He would have been their protector.
.19 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
 20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla. 
 21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
  19 - Milo Thought to be a fortified area in the Jebusite city of Jerusalem, later captured by David.
  21 - Jehozabad  See 2ch2426.
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