These people are bad. The majority of them worship Baal or some other false god, instead of You. Nothing’s changed, and You kill a lot of the people that aren’t with You and it only makes sense this 1 will happen in the end (2 Kgs 11:).
“And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.
But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.
And he was with her hid in the house of the Lord six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land” (2 Kin 11:1-3).
After seven years Jehoada gathered up the hundreds of rulers with their captains and guards to make a covenant with them, and he showed them the king’s son. He then said,
“This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall even be keepers of the watch of the king’s house;
And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third part at the gate behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that it be not broken down.
And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the Lord about the king.
And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh in” (2 Kin 11:5-8).
And that is what they did. The priests handed out the spears and shield that had been King David’s.
“And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.
And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the Lord.
And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason.
But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth without the ranges: and him that followeth her kill with the sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the Lord.
And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the king’s house: and there was she slain.
And Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and the people, that they should be the Lord‘s people; between the king also and the people” (2 Kin 11:12-17).
Jehoiada then made a covenant between God and the people, and then the people tore down the house of Baal, destroyed the images, and killed Mattan, the priest of Baal. Jehoida then sat at the throne and the people killed Athaliah.
It was during the seventh year of Jehu that Jehoash, at the age of seven, became king of Jerusalem and he reigned for 40 years. His mother was Zibiah of 2Beer-sheba (the most southerly town in the kingdom of Judah.
In the days of the conquest of Canaan it was allotted to the tribe of Simeon. The expression from Dan to Beersheba is used to designate the northern and southern extremities of the nation of Israel).
“And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the Lord, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man’s heart to bring into the house of the Lord,
Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.
But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house” (2 Kin 12:2-6).
Jehoash called in the priest, Jehoiada, and the other priests and asked why they hadn’t done the repair jobs, and told them that they wouldn’t be getting any more money, and they agreed that they wouldn’t, nor would they do any repairs.
But Jehoiada took a chest and bore a hole in the lid and put it by the altar, and the priests that kept the door of the church put the money in there.
“And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king’s scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the Lord.
And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the Lord: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the Lord,
And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the Lord, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it” (2 Kin 12:10-12).
None of the money had been spent on bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, or any vessels of gold or silver. All the money was given to the workmen, except the trespass and sin money, that was given to the priests.
“Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.
And Jehoash 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 (2 Kin 12:17-21).
1 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Mal 3:6).
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb 13:8).
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and may there be which go in there at: Boy, do I ever know that gate, you’d think I was the one that made it.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt 7:13-14).
Took me 45 years, but I found it and I’m not leaving it.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt 7:21-23).
He is not talking about non-believers here, they already have their one-way ticket to hell. He’s talking about pastors, priests, and the like. Those that believe and even preach the gospel, but they are doing it for man, and not for Him.
2 Beer-shebe is where Abraham had made a covenant with the Philistine princes (Gen 21:32), where Hagar ran from when Sarah kicked her out (Gen 21:14), where Abraham dwelled after offering up Isaac (Gen 22:19).
Here God appeared to Jacob (Gen 46:1), where Elijah sought refuge from Jezebel (1 Kgs 19:3), and the prophet Amos rebuked the idolatrous tendencies he saw infiltrating the religious life of Beersheba from Bethel and from Dan (Amos 8:14). This town is not mentioned at all in the New Testament, the modern name of is Bir Es Seba.
The Samaria Ostraca
A collection of inscriptions written with ink on pottery fragments or ostraca (singular ostracon) was discovered during excavations at Samaria in 1910.
They record shipments of wine and oil received in Samaria from locations in its vicinity, apparently during the ninth, tenth and fifteenth years of Jeroboam II (c. 786— 746 B.C.), although the dating of the ostraca is disputed.
The texts include some or all of the following elements: date (year of a king), place, clan name, sender, recipient and commodity (wine or oil).
The ostraca provide samples of Israelite script, showing us how Hebrew was written at this time.
They also illustrate the recordkeeping of the time and provide valuable geographic information on towns in the area.
The most interesting aspect of the ostraca is the clan names. Samaria is located in the tribal area of Manasseh.
Ten clans of Manasseh settled in Canaan and received tracts of land (Jos 17:1-13).
Those dans were Abiezer, Asriel, Helek, Shechem and Shemida, sons of Gilead (Jos 17:1-2) and Hoglah, Mahlah, Milcah, Noah and Tirzah, the daughters of Zelophehad, son of Hepher (Jos 17:3-4).
All of the clans named after Gilead’s sons are represented in the ostraca, along with two of the five clans named after Zelophehad’s daughters (those of Hoglafi and Noah).
The clan names preserved on the Samaria Ostraca provide an extra biblical link between the clans of Manasseh and the territory in which the Bible claims they settled.