Text: 2 Kings 12-14; Psalm 89:1-18
In these historical passages in 2 Kings, we read of king after king. The story of their reigns are introduced with a summary statement like “he did evil in the sight of the Lord,” or, “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.” The introduction to the reign of Jehoash (Joash), King of Judah, reads thus:
And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. (2 Kings 12:2)
Jehoash was just seven years od when his rule began. He was under the godly oversight of this priest, Jehoiada. Jehoash was the sovereign and had the authority over the nation. And yet, he was under the spiritual authority of another. Because of Jehash’s young age, this was needful. Praise God that Jehoiada was a godly man.
But Jehoash’s age is not the only reason this setup matters. There is a powerful principle at work here. No matter what role we have in the family of God, we ought to always be under the authority of a more mature believer. Even the most senior church leaders are only sinners, prone to wander, and vulnerable to folly. We all need “adult supervision.” So…. who is your Jehoiada?
in Him, Mike