April 25, 2021
Daily Reading: II Kings 12-14
II Kings 13:12-13 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
The Bible is an amazing book! It always explains itself if we study it enough. Someone first said, and many have repeated it over the years, "The Bible is the best commentary on the Bible." To prove it, study it. Today for our devotion consider Joash, or is it Jehoash? As you read this portion of II Kings you read of Joash, and Jehoash. One king of Judah, one king of Israel, but then the other one king of Israel, and the other one king of Judah. What?
It's easy to understand. Joash is sometimes called Jehoash, and Jehoash is sometimes called Joash. they are two different men. One was the king of Judah; one was the king of Israel. The one that was the king of Israel began his reign in the 37th year of the one that was the king of Judah. They are both, at times, recorded as both names: Joash and Jehoash. To the careful student of the Bible they are always identified by context. To use another well-worn phrase, "A text without a context is nothing more than a pretext."
Enough of the mental calisthenics. Let it be proven. At the top of this page there are two verses that speak of Joash king of Israel. In the next chapter of II Kings, chapter 14, in verses 15 & 16 the same thing is recorded except for the name of the king. Notice: II Kings 14:15-16 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead.
In chapter 13 the king of Israel is called Joash, in chapter 14 the king is called Jehoash. It is the same man.
Confused? I pray not. Just stick with the Bible, read it carefully, and when it seems there are contradictions or mistakes read it again, reread it again, and then study it some more. The Bible, God's Holy Word is perfect; but our understanding is not.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today, and believe His book.