… Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
—1 Corinthians 5:13b
Key Verse Thought: Read today’s Key Verse. Can you describe a wicked person? Read the following definition to help you: wicked person means “of persons as in morally, meaning wicked, corrupt, or an evildoer.” Today we will see a very wicked person that God’s people “put away” (in the Old Testament they were often killed, whereas today we eliminate them from our lives).
Emphasis: We are to receive godly instruction, and eliminate the wicked from our lives.
Lesson Summary: In our last lesson, we looked at the disappointing son of good King Jehoshaphat, Jehoram. He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel – for wicked King Ahab’s daughter, Athaliah, was his wife. He died of a sickness in his bowels because he rejected the Word of the Lord. We then remembered his son, Ahaziah who reigned only one year. He, too, was a bad king – walking in the ways of wicked King Ahab. Because Ahaziah visited the injured king of Israel at the same time God told Jehu to seek God’s revenge upon the household of wicked King Ahab, King Ahaziah was killed.
At the death of King Ahaziah, his mother, Athaliah, killed all of the seed royal – or so she thought. King Ahaziah’s sister and a nurse hid one son in the house of the Lord for six years. They hid the child from Athaliah who had made herself queen over Judah. In the seventh year of Queen Athaliah’s reign, the priest Jehoiada revealed the king’s son, Jehoash, to the people as their king. Jehoiada commanded the people kill Athaliah – and they did. The new king, Joash (Jehoash), was seven years old when he began to reign doing good all of the days of Jehoiada. “And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him” (2 Kings 2:2). Jehoash was a good king. Jehoash saw the breaches in the temple and had the people give money to repair them. After time, when the repairs had not been completed, Jehoiada bore a hole into the top of a chest to allow the people to put their money in the chest. The people brought the money, and the temple of the Lord was repaired.
Although Joash made many reforms in Israel, when Jehoiada died, he forsook God’s Law, and God allowed the enemy to come up against Jerusalem. There was a conspiracy against King Joash, and he was killed.
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