2 Chronicles 24* Joash, of Judah, The temple repaired. (1-14) Joash falls intoidolatry, He is slain by his servants. (15-27)1-14 Joash is more zealous about the repair of the temple thanJehoiada himself. It is easier to build temples, than to betemples to God. But the repairing of places for public worshipis a good work, which all should promote. And many a good workwould be done that now lies undone, if active men would put itforward. 15-27 See what a great judgment on any prince or people, thedeath of godly, zealous, useful men is. See how necessary it isthat we act in religion from inward principle. Then the loss ofa parent, a minister, or a friend, will not be losing ourreligion. Often both princes and inferior people have beenflattered to their ruin. True grace alone will enable a man tobring forth fruit unto the end. Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada,being filled with the Spirit of prophecy, stood up, and told thepeople of their sin. This is the work of ministers, by the wordof God, as a lamp and a light, to discover the sin of men, andexpound the providences of God. They stoned Zechariah to deathin the court of the house of the Lord. Observe the dyingmartyr's words: The Lord look upon it, and require it! This camenot from a spirit of revenge, but a spirit of prophecy. Godsmote Joash with great diseases, of body, or mind, or both,before the Syrians departed from him. If vengeance pursue men,the end of one trouble will be but the beginning of another. Hisown servants slew him. These judgments are called the burdenslaid upon him, for the wrath of God is a heavy burden, too heavyfor any man to bear. May God help us to take warning, to beupright in heart, and to persevere in his ways to the end.
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