Money vs. Righteousness
2 Kings 12:17-21 :
Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it; and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.
Jehoash king of Judah took all the holy things that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah,
had dedicated, and his own holy things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of Yahweh’s house,
and of the king’s house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria; and he went away from Jerusalem.
Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
His servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and struck Joash at the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla.
For Jozacar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, struck him, and he died;
and they buried him with his fathers in David’s city; and Amaziah his son reigned in his place.
One way to deal with problems is to throw money at them. Jehoash did this using dedicated money. When he heard that
Hazael was considering an attack on Jerusalem, he threw faith out the window and gave away God's stuff.
When you teach a terrorist that he can scare you and you will give him money, what do you think he will do in the future?
Throwing money at a problem is not good management, but worse than that, fearing man instead of God is self-destructive.
Proverbs 29:25 :
The fear of man proves to be a snare, but whoever puts his trust in Yahweh is kept safe.
Jehoash's decision here was wrong. Instead of saving Jerusalem, he put her in a trap. This is not just something that
leaders need to watch out for. This is something that every individual Christian must also pay attention to.
Matthew 10:28 :
Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather,
fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
It turned out that Jehoash had personal problems that extended beyond Hazael. His own servants conspired against
him and assassinated him. The only one who can keep us safe is God Himself. Money will not do it.
Proverbs 11:4 :
Riches don’t profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.