Friday, December 21, 2012

2 Chronicles 24: Good and Bad Mentors

2 Chron 24:17-25 After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God's anger came upon Judah and Jerusalem. Although the Lord sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen. Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, "This is what God says: 'Why do you disobey the Lord's commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.'" But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the Lord's temple. King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah's father Jehoiada had shown him but killed his son, who said as he lay dying, "May the Lord see this and call you to account." At the turn of the year, the army of Aram marched against Joash; it invaded Judah and Jerusalem and killed all the leaders of the people. They sent all the plunder to their king in Damascus. Although the Aramean army had come with only a few men, the Lord delivered into their hands a much larger army. Because Judah had forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers, judgment was executed on Joash. When the Arameans withdrew, they left Joash severely wounded. His officials conspired against him for murdering the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they killed him in his bed. So he died and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.

Joash had such a promising start under the mentorship of Jehoida the priest. He repaired the Temple and restored the Temple services. Scripture tells us in 2 Chronicles 24:14, "As long as Jehoiada lived, burnt offerings were presented continually in the temple of the Lord." However, after Jehoida the priest died, Joash's new mentors quickly turned him away from the Lord to worship Asherah poles and idols. And that was the beginning of Joash's downfall. When Jehoida's son, Zechariah prophesied against him, he had him stoned to death. Finally, the Lord sent a small army of Aram (Syria) to invade Judah and fought against Joash's numerically superior army. Judah was defeated and all the leaders of the people were killed. Joash himself was severely wounded in the battle and his officials took the opportunity to kill him while he was recuperating from his wounds on his bed.

Mentors can have a powerful influence on young leaders. Having godly mentors can make a real difference in lives of younger leaders. We all need godly mentors  who have travelled the road longer than us to advise and guide us. On the hand, we should choose our mentors carefully and avoid those whose life values and vision are unscriptural. 

Father, bring godly mentors to our lives to help us walk faithfully and fruitfully in Your way. Amen.

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