09 March 2010

Joash, the princes, and the army of Judah

Here's another boring one. Sorry about that.

It starts with the spirit of God coming on Zechariah, which, of course, makes him condemn everybody else.
The Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you. 2 Chronicles 24.20
Then the people get pissed off at him, so they stone him (with stones).
And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king [Joash] in the court of the house of the LORD. 24.21
As Zechariah died he asked God to avenge his death.
When he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it. 24.22
So God sends "the host of Syria" to Judea to kill its princes.
At the end of the year … the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people. 24.23
And defeat the "very great" Judean army, which the Syrians were able to do with "a small company of men" because the Lord delivered the army of Judah into their hand.
For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash. 24.24
In the process, Joash was wounded and then killed in his bed.
When they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died 24.25 
The Bible doesn't say how many died, but since the Lord delivered "a very great host" into the hand of the Syrians, I'll say 10,000.

God's next killing: Amaziah


twillight said...

The Bible here doesn't say any number, but from the previous stories we know hw large the judean army was: some 500,000 soldiers were in that.

So I think you seriously underrate this killing. I'd say 100,000 death for this.
Or maybe that was just an elite stirking team, and they killed 10 princes, and 10,000 from the judean army (10,010 in total), if you think the above is overestimating things.

Steve Wells said...

Thanks twillight and person0123452 for the suggestion. I've increased the number to 10,000.

(And I'm sorry for deleting your post, person0123452. There was a double post and somehow I deleted both of them.)

vp said...

@Steve Wells:

I have started enjoying the comments on this blog so much that I wonder whether you could add a comments RSS feed, in addition to the "Posts" feed. It should be possible on Blogger: here's an example of a blog with such a feed: it's on blogspot, not blogger, but I think they're the same service. Cheers!

Steve Wells said...

Thanks for the suggestion, vp. I tried to add a comments RSS feed, but I'm not sure if it worked. Give it a try and let me know what happens.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, my internet went crazy, sorry about the double post. Heh.

vp said...

@Steve Wells:

The comment feed worketh great! Thank you!

Michael Ejercito said...

Joash had it coming to him.

It has not been covered in the The Brick Testament because that is an ongoing project.

Matthew Blanchette said...

Ongoing, yes, but it hasn't been updated in weeks... :-(

Michael Ejercito said...

There were some recent updates .