The wicked mother of King Ahaziah, Athaliah (liah, liah!!) killed all the king’s sons and had herself set up as queen of the kingdom, or is that queendom?!
There was one small problem. Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister to Ahaziah saved Joash and kept him hidden from the wicked queen. This woman’s husband was the chief priest, Jehoiada. After seven years Jehoiada let the temple guards in on the secret and they had the young child crowned king. Of course the wicked Athaliah screamed that it was treason but she was summarily executed.
As long as Jehoiada was alive his positive influence over Joash kept the king on the proper path. Note that Joash is also known as Jehoash. Under his reign the house of Baal was destroyed. But the high places were still left.
He ordered the temple to be repaired, but those in charge drug their feet. Apparently they had been “using” the money in other ways. So he ordered the priests that the money coming in for repaira WOULD be used for repairs.
Hazael, King of Aram got to conquering areas and Jehoash fearing he was next took the riches that his anscestors had saved up for God and gave it to the King of Aram for protection. King Jehoash was slain by his own servants.
A little over half way through the reign of Jehoash in Judah, Jehu’s son Jehoahaz began to reign in Samaria the capitol of Israel, the northern kingdom. He too was an evil king. “They did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam.”
Jehoahaz was succeeded by his son Jehoash (two at the same time with the same name, pay attention, that’s why the list surnames!). And he too, surprise!, did evil. He then was succeeded by his son Jeroboam. Hmm. Named perhaps after the first evil king who made the golden calves . . . suppose he too was evil?
Elisha leaves the scene, and the earth. A miracle is recorded after his death that shows the power God had bestowed upon him.
Joash of Judah was succeeded by his son Amaziah “and he did uprightly in the sight of the Lord, yet not like David his father.” He slew those who had conspired against his father. He fought Israel, and “was put to the worse.” All the gold and silver found in the house of the Lord was again plundered. He was followed by his son Azariah, at the age of sixteen who reigned fifty-two years uprightly like his father.
Jeroboam of Israel was followed by his son Zechariah, who was evil and only reigned six months. This fulfilled the prophecy to Jehu that his sons would sit on the throne until the fourth generation. Shallum the son of Jabesh followed him. He was followed by Menahem. Meanwhile in Judah, Uzziah became king, and back in Israel Menahem was followed by his son Pekahiah, who was evil, aka Pekah.
Uzziah was followed by his son Jotham. He too did uprightly, but the high places remained. He was succeeded by his son Ahaz. He did NOT walk uprightly for sixteen years but acted like the kings of Israel. So God sent the King of Assyria against him. He too emptied the coffers to buy off this foreign threat rather than turn to God.
Ahaz went to Damascus and his heart was drawn away after the worship of the foreign gods and he had a replica altar made to be placed in the house of God. He was followed by his son Hezekaih.
In Israel Hosheah the son of Elah begain to reign. He tried to buy off Egypt as opposed to Assyria, but to no avail. Even though they had “secretly done things against God” he knew it and punished them. God still sent prophets to turn them back. So they (Israel) were sent into exile and their land taken over by foreigners who were taught how to serve God . . . but also continued to serve their false gods.