They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty. (2 Kings 12:15 NIV)
The account of the reign of King Joash over the southern kingdom of Judah is dominated by the repair of the temple.
The significance of this is worth considering. Joash followed the reign of a Queen and a King before her who lead Judah into idolatry and the disrepair of the temple of the Lord. Neglect of God and neglect of the place He had chosen to dwell in. Here now was a king whose formative years were spent in the temple, taught by the priests, influenced by them to cherish what matters to God. It’s no surprise then that he sees the repair of the temple as a priority for his reign.
What is a surprise is how that same priesthood that taught him the ways of the Lord did not follow the explicit instructions of the King. As if serving the Lord in the place that is in disrepair was what they were used to and so didn’t see the need to address it. Accepting mediocrity as the way things were, not hearing the King saying that the focus is on the fixing the temple so that it’s up to scratch.
The steps both royalty and priesthood agree on to work on it, shows that in ad much as the priests can influence, they themselves need direction to make the necessary changes. The way that the priority is on the key personnel rather than objects for the temple.
There is much to learn about the priority of the presence of God and ensuring the place He chooses to dwell is kept in good shape. Much to learn also in monitoring the place God chooses to dwell to ensure the key personnel are in place and active in ensuring the place God chooses to dwell is in tip top condition. The King commanded it for the Temple then. The place God chooses to dwell in, however is not made by the hands of man …
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden