Old Testament: 2 Kings 10:32-12:21
2 Kings 10: 32 – 12: 21 That’s Athaliah, Folks!
Yahweh was cutting off portions of Israel as He allowed Hazael to defeat the Israelites of the northern kingdom. The Gadites, Reubenites and Manassites were all defeated.
Here is the chart again of all the kings of Israel and Judah.
Jehu died after reigning for twenty-eight years. Jehozhaz was up next.
When Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah, saw that her son had been murdered, she killed any relatives with claims to the throne. Ahaziah’s sister took Ahaziah’s son, Joash, away and hid him so he wouldn’t be killed. He was hidden for six years while Athaliah was reigning as Queen over Judah.
The priest at that time was Jehoiada and he protected Joash. He had Joash crowned king over Judah. When Athaliah heard all the ruckus she went to the Temple and saw her son standing there looking like he was the king, which he was. She screamed, “Treason!” Jehoiada commanded the captains in the army to bring her out and kill whomever followed her. When she got as far as the front of the king’s palace she was put to death.
Everyone was happy that there was a new king and that the Queen had been offed. Joash (aka Jehoash) was only seven years old when he became king which was the seventh year of Jehu’s reign in the northern kingdom. Joash lasted for forty years which was one of the longest reigns of any king in Israel or Judah. Joash followed his priest’s lead but still allowed sacrificing on the high places.
Jehoash (aka Joash) called for donations to repair the Temple. Jehoiada, the priest, use a secured chest with a hole in it to keep the money so no one could embezzle the funds.
Hazael, the king of Aram, came against Gath and took the town. He next moved toward Jersusalem but Joash bought him off by giving him the valuables and gold in the Temple. Hazael retreated.
Joash finally was killed by a conspiracy of his servants. His son, Amaziah took over.
New Testament: Acts 18: 1 – 22
Acts 18: 1 – 22 Getting Crispy
Jews were forced out of Italy so as a result Aquila and Priscilla ended up in Corinth in Greece. It just so happened that fellow-tentmaker, Paul, was there at the same time. Paul was again trying to “reason” with the Jews and Greeks in the synagogue.
Silas and Timothy came down to Corinth from Macedonia which enabled Paul to devote himself completely to preaching Christ. The Jews there resisted the movement of God and “blasphemed” (v. 6) so he shook his garments out at them in disgust and left. He decided to concentrate on just Gentiles from that point on. He went to the house of a man named Titius Justus who was a believer and lived close to the synagogue.
The leader of the synagogue, Crispus, along with his entire household trusted Christ and many Corinthians then followed suit and were baptized. The Lord spoke to Paul one night in a vision and told him that he didn’t have to be afraid to speak out because no one was going to harm him in that town but, in fact, many would believe. Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and half teaching the Word to whoever could.
At one point the Jews got really mad at Paul and brought him before the Roman judgment seat accusing him of persuading men to worship God against the law. Paul was about to defend himself when the fella in charge, Gallio, told the Jews to take care of the problem themselves. Gallio said he was only in charge of taking care of crimes and misdemeanors not religion. And he kicked them out. So they took Sosthenes, who was in charge of the synagogue, and beat him! Gallio didn’t care.
Paul decided to move on by sea and took off for Syria, above Israel, with Priscilla and Aquilla. Paul had taken a vow and was not cutting his hair but decided to have it cut in Cenchrea. At Ephesus he left Priscilla and Aquilla and tried to reason with the Jews in the synagogue there. They asked him to stay even longer but he wouldn’t do it. He said maybe he could return sometime if God let him. Then he landed at Caesarea and said “hi” to everyone at the church there. Then went back to his home base at Antioch in Greece.