2 Kings 12* Jehoash orders the repair of the temple. (1-16) He is slain byhis servants. (17-21)1-16 It is a great mercy to young people, especially to allyoung men of rank, like Jehoash, to have those about them whowill instruct them to do what is right in the sight of the Lord;and they do wisely and well for themselves, when willing to becounselled and ruled. The temple was out of repair; Jehoashorders the repair of the temple. The king was zealous. Godrequires those who have power, to use it for the support ofreligion, the redress of grievances, and repairing of decays.The king employed the priests to manage, as most likely to behearty in the work. But nothing was done effectually till thetwenty-third year of his reign. Another method was thereforetaken. When public distributions are made faithfully, publiccontributions will be made cheerfully. While they were gettingall they could for the repair of the temple, they did not breakin upon the stated maintenance of the priests. Let not theservants of the temple be starved, under colour of repairing thebreaches of it. Those that were intrusted did the businesscarefully and faithfully. They did not lay it out in ornamentsfor the temple, till the other work was completed; hence we maylearn, in all our expenses, to prefer that which is mostneedful, and, in dealing for the public, to deal as we would forourselves. 17-21 Let us review the character of Jehoash, and consider whatwe may learn from it. When we see what a sad conclusion therewas to so promising a beginning, it ought to make us seek intoour spiritual declinings. If we know any thing of Christ as thefoundation of our faith and hope, let us desire to know nothingbut Christ. May the work of the blessed Spirit on our souls bemanifest; may we see, feel, and be earnest, in seeking afterJesus in all his fulness, suitableness, and grace, that oursouls may be brought over from dead works to serve the livingand true God.
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