2 Chronicles 23:1. And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with him.
Jehoiada the priest, and his wife, Jehoshabeath, put together a plan to get the nation of Israel back on a right track. Athaliah had killed all of the king’s son and had taken over the kingdom. She was following in the steps of Ahab and Jezebel. Jehoshabeath saved one of her brothers, Joash, from the slaughter of Athaliah, hid him, and started to raise him for the Lord. She and Jehoida then raised him for God over the next six years, and started to plan how they could get the kingdom back to the Lord.
Often it takes a man of God to step out with a plan to take a nation back for God. Jehoiada was that man for Israel. He had a well laid plan of how to turn a nation back to God. He put Joash in power after convincing them to follow God’s law of letting the king’s son rule. He got the whole Army on his side. He got the Levites gathered back together and set up the service of the tabernacle, after it had been in disrepair for years. He got rid of Baal worship and finally got rid of Athaliah. They then put Joash in power, at the age of seven, with godly oversight from Jehoiada, the man of God.
It is possible to take a nation back for God. It takes a man of vision, like Jehoiada, to lay a plan to first turn the people back to God and then destroy the devil’s religions. We are in a sad state as a nation today. It is not going to get fixed by a politician. It is only going to be fixed by a man of God like Jehoiada. It used to be in this nation that the man of God’s counsel was the most highly esteemed counsel to be sought. Now it is mocked and ridiculed. It will take a preacher, it will take a prophet, to get America back to where she needs to be just like it did for Israel. Let’s pray the Lord raises up a Jehoiada to take this nation back to God.
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