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-Jehoash/Joash: King of.Israel.B.C.E 840-825. The son and successor of Jehoahaz:.2Kings 13:10,11 "In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of.Judah.began Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over.Israel.in Samaria and reigned sixteen years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD. He departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam I the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, but he walked therein."

Jehoash/Joash fought and with God's help, won three battles against the strong enemy of Israel at the time:.2Kings 13:25.

Jehoash/Joash did his best to stay out of trouble.(Proverbs 1:10-14), but when you're dealing with the low consciousness ego having the boastful pride and stubbornness of a bully who is blinded to consequences, well, what can you do? Such was Amaziah king of Judah:.2Chronicles 25:14-22.

When Jehoash/Joash ascended the throne the kingdom was suffering from the invasion of the Syrians. He tolerated the worship of the golden calves the people were accustomed to, yet seems to have manifested a character of sincere devotion to the God of his fathers.

There was much in the conduct of Joash to commend. He had a great regard for the prophet Elisha and visited him on his deathbed, where he was told by Elisha that he would be successful against the Syrians:.2Kings 13:14 "Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him and wept over his face and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof."

Jehoash/Joash spawned an evil son, Jeroboam II:.2Kings 14.23,24.

Johash/Joash's time was now over:.2Kings 13:12,13.
 


-Jehoash/Joash: The eighth king of.Judah, B.C.E. 878-838, began to reign at 7 years old:.2Kings 11:21. He was a good king.at first:.2Kngs 12:1,2. He reigned forty years and the prophet Joel was contemporary with him.

Jehoash/Joash's father was Ahaziah and his son was Amaziah.

While yet an infant, he was saved from the general massacre of the family by the usurping bitch Athaliah. And this thanks to Jehoash/Joash's aunt Jehosheba, wife of the good high priest Jehoiada.

Jehoash/Joash was apparently the only surviving descendant of Solomon:.2Chronicles 21:4,17. He was also the only son of Ahaziah king of Judah, who was not slain by his evil grandmother Athaliah, who attempted to cut off all the royal seed. 

Being rescued by Jehoshebah his aunt, the wife of Jehoiada the high priest.(2Chronicles 24:3), Jehoash/Joash was secluded six years in her bedchamber.(2Kings 11:2).until being raised to the throne by the efforts of Jehoiada when Jehoash/Joash was seven years of age, thus preserving the seed of David on the throne.

While this venerable high priest survived, Joash served God and prospered. Idols were banished and the temple was repaired. But afterwards he followed less wholesome counsels. Idolatry revived and later when Zechariah the high priest, the son of Jehoiada, rebuked the guilty people, this ungrateful king caused this servant of God to be stoned to death:.2Chronicles 24:15-27

God sent the Syrian army.(2Kings 12:17).to hopefully turn him and those of Judah who followed his now evil ways away from their ego induced errors and back to the good ways they had enjoyed after they got rid of that evil bitch Athaliah:.2Kings 11:20.

The Syrian army was a small company of whom overcame the very great host of Judah, destroying them and causing Joash to give all the treasures of the temple and of the king's house to the Syrians:.2Kings 12:18-21 "And Jehoash.(also called Joash, so Jehoash/Joash).king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated and his own hallowed things and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD and in the king's house and sent it to Hazael king of Syria and he went away from Jerusalem. And the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And his servants arose and made a conspiracy and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla. For Jozachar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote him and he died and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.".Also see:.2Chronicles 21:17.

Joash/Jehoash's problems were to awaken him, but he didn't listen to what his life was all about. He didn't seem able to intelligently relate the feedback from circumstances he was causing. He probably was not too bright, not even considering what he could be bringing upon his children.(*). And, because there was no change in his heart, his son was like him, thus, living the same sort of evil life and with similar consequences.

Later, after the Syrians came, even the king of Israel came against Judah, their brother nation, when Jehoash/Joash's son was king:.2Chronicles 25:23 "And Joash the king of.Israel.took Amaziah king of.Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh and brought him to Jerusalem and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits."

Misfortunes multiplied on Jehoash/Joash's head. He was repeatedly humbled by the Syrians and gave them the temple treasures as ransom. Joash became greatly diseased after the Syrians came against him. A loathsome disease imbittered his life, which was very soon cut short by a conspiracy of his servants and he was not buried in the sepulchre of the kings:.2Chronicles 24:22-25 "Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father.(was his uncle, but was like a father to him).had done to him...".

Jehoash/Joash ceme to his end:.2Kings 12:20,21. His son Amaziah reigned in his stead:.2Kings 14:1 "In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.".There was a Joash king of Israel and this Joash, king of Judah.


-Jeroboam I. Name means 'enlarger of the people', He was the Son of a man named Nebat, of the tribe of Ephraim. Jeroboam I was the first king of Israel at the time the single nation of Israel split into two nations. He reigned twenty-two years B.C.E. 975-954. He lived over 100 years before Jeroboam II.

He seems to have had a chance to turn out ok. The people liked him. He started off being 'for the people', but he and the people were treated terribly by the king in charge at the time, who was Rehoboam:.1Kings 12:1-20. Alas, Jeroboam I turned out to be just as evil once he became king. 

On the division of the kingdom into the names of Israel and Judah, Jeroboam I was made ruler by Solomon of this new Israel of ten tribes:.1Kings 11:28. At the same time Solomon's son Rehoboam was made king of the new nation of Judah having two tribes.

Jeroboam I had been an officer under Solomon.and a mighty man of valor, but Ahijah the prophet, having found Jeroboam I, tore his new garment into twelve pieces and gave him ten of them, telling him that he should be king over ten of the tribes:.1Kings 11:29-35.

Solomon sought to kill Jeroboam I.(1Kings 11:34-40).when he heard of the prophet.Ahijah's message from the Creator.(1Kings 11:29-39).about ten of the twelve tribes to be put under Jeroboam. Because of this, Jeroboam fled to Egypt and stayed there till the death of Solomon. Solomon thought that all should be under one king, maybe not wanting the people to think that it was he who put in as king, the man who split the nation into two.

Jeroboam I's son Abijah, heir to the throne died very young.

Fearing that his subjects, if they went up to Jerusalem in this new nation of Judah to worship, would be alienated from him, Jeroboam I takes a step in the wrong direction and had made two golden calves.(he copied what those long before him did in the time of Moses when they got fed up waiting for Moses and made their a golden calf for themselves to worship:.Exodus 32:1-8).for the people to worship, placing one in Bethel.(Amos 7:10-17).in the south and the other in Dan in the north and declared that these were the gods that had brought Israel out of Egypt:.2Kings 10:29-31.

Jeroboam I must have been a little nuts by this time, thinking that the people would buy his new way of worship, but as usual, most of the people just went along with whatever the king says.

But, I mean, really, a calf is an animal, below man and these golden calves made with their own hands to worship are just too.ridiculous for words. Had these men and women any intelligence at all? Just no commonsense. The low consciousness mind of man seems to need physical things that they can look at and touch to worship.

Jeroboam-I even raised up priests of the common people, which was not allowed under the Mosaic Law which was extant at the time. He also instituted sacrifices and feastdays were devised. Thus the nation through their king sank at once into open idolatry.

A warning from back then to those who may devise out of their own heart their forms of worship:.1Kings 14:20 "And the days which Jeroboam-I reigned were two and twenty years and he slept with his fathers..."

Baasha later slayed Jeroboam-I's reigning son Nadab:.1Kings 15:28,29 "...Baasha slayed him and reigned in his stead. And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house of Jeroboam I. He left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite.".Ezekiel 37:23

So Baasha, though an evil king, was an instrument in the hand of God.(as also was Nebuchadnezzar-II who came on the scene some 300 years later:.Jeremiah 27:6).to get rid of evil Jeroboam-I and bring to an end any of the family of Jeroboam-I from ruling over Israel.

2Chronicles 13:16-20 "And the children of Israel fled before Judah and God delivered them into their hand. And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter, so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men. Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time and the children of Judah prevailed,.because they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers. And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam and took cities from him, Bethel with the towns thereof and Jeshanah with the towns thereof and Ephrain with the towns thereof. Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah and the LORD struck him and he died.".2Kings 10:32.

Amos 7:11 "For thus Amos said, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land."
 


-Jeroboam II. 13th king of Israel from the first king, who was Jeroboam I over 100 years before.

Jeroboam II was the son and successor of Jehoash/Joash on the throne, that is, on the throne of the ten of the original twelve tribes.(map).that were now Israel, with the other two tribes being them which became Judah.

Jeroboam II was made coregent in B.C.E. 836 and then reigned alone 41 years, from B.C.E. 825-784. He obtained victories over the Syrians and cities of Hamath and Damascus were recovered out of Judah's hands, for the Lord had mercy on Israel:.2Kings 14.23-27.

After Jeroboam II, the kingdom of Israel continued its decline. Jeroboam II's son Zachariah was just as bad as he was.

Jeroboam II was contemporary with prophets Amos and Hosea and with kings of Judah Amaziah and Uzziah:.2Kings 14:23; 15:1.

Jeroboam II was as bad as Jeroboam I. He followed the example of Jeroboam I in keeping up the worship of golden calves:.2Kings 14:23,24 "...Jeroboam II, the son of.Joash king of Israel.began to reign in Samaria and reigned forty and one years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD. He departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam I the son of Nebat.(who ruled in time past), who made Israel to sin."

Other kings of Judah in between the reigns of I and II did follow God. But, Jeroboam I and II were always looking to the false prophet priests of Baal, instead of the true God.

As a result, the people in the reigns of I and II were."not able to bear".the words of the true prophet Amos. When they heard them, they couldn't take them to heart. They had no example of leaders who did. Amos spoke about the critical state of the county due to the actions of the king and people toward idolatry:.Amos 7:10-17.

Israel was being oppressed at the time and so Jeroboam II went to war and was victorious against the Syrian oppressors:.2Kings 13:3-7; 14:26,27. This extended Israel to its former limits, from."the entering of Hamath to the sea of the plain":.2Kings 14:25; Amos 6:14. But with the joy this brought, they didn't change.

2Kings 14:29 "And Jeroboam II slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead."
 


-Jezreel: The name means God scatters. Jezreel was a town of Issachar.(map).where the kings of Israel often resided:.1Kings 18:45; 21:1; 2Kings 10:6. Here Elijah met Ahab, Jehu and Bidkar and here Jehu executed his dreadful commission against the house of Ahab:.2Kings 9:14-37; 10:1-11. It has been identified with the modern Zerin on the most western point of the range of Gilboa, reaching down into the great and fertile valley of Jezreel, to which it gave its name. 

-Josiah: 15th king of Judah and son of Amon. He began to reign at the age of 8 years in and reigned 31 years, B.C.E. 641-610. He was a good king who had a good mom:.2Kings 22:1,2. In his 8th year of his reign, at 16 years of age, he."began to seek after the God of David his father".and that in the 12th year he began straitening out Judah and its main city of Jerusalem:.2Chronicles 34:3-5.

Josiah had three sons, all corrupt:.1Chronicles 3:15 "And the sons of Josiah were, the firstborn Johanan.(nothing more said of him), the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum."

Josiah was great grandson of Hezekiah, a previous good king of Judah.

Josiah, like others, including Jesus, whose names begin with a 'J' in the Bible, before the 17th century A.D., there was no 'J' in the alphabet.

In the thirty-first year of his reign, Josiah went out to oppose the king of Egypt, even when there was no threat from the Egyptians.

It seems that as Josiah aged so did the stubbornness of his ego and this brought his death in B.C.E. 610:.2Chronicles 35:20-24; 2Kings 23:28-30.

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