1 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead: 

for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. 

So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.

2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. 

His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.

3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.

4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: 

for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.

5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel 

to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramothgilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.

6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds which were given him at Ramah, 

when he fought with Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah 

went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was sick.

7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: 

for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, 

whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.

-2 Chronicles 22:1-7 KJV

 A Captivating Story Unfolds 


February 26, 2024


Reverend Danny Rhoades

Greetings, my fellow Brothers and Sisters. In today’s devotional, I shall delve into the pages of 2 Chronicles Chapters 22-25 in the King James Version of the Bible, a captivating narrative unfolds, filled with tales of kings and queens, victories and defeats, and the ever-present themes of faith and divine intervention. From the rise and fall of King Ahaziah to the reign of the formidable Queen Athaliah, the story is rich with intrigue and drama. Join us on a journey through these chapters, as we explore the exciting accounts of Joash's restoration, his efforts to reform the temple, and the triumphs and tragedies of King Amaziah. Witness the power of faith and the consequences of pride in this enthralling retelling of ancient biblical history.

Once upon a time in the land of Judah, King Ahaziah ascended to the throne following the death of his father, King Jehoram. With a mix of eagerness and trepidation, Ahaziah began his reign, eager to leave his mark on the kingdom.

However, Ahaziah's reign was short-lived as he faced opposition from his enemies and ultimately met his demise at the hands of Jehu, a warrior seeking to claim the throne for himself. In a tragic turn of events, Ahaziah's ambitions were cut short, leaving the kingdom in turmoil once again.

With the kingdom in chaos following Ahaziah's death, Queen Athaliah saw an opportunity to seize power for herself. A formidable and cunning ruler, Athaliah wasted no time in consolidating her control over Judah, casting a shadow of fear over the land.

Athaliah's usurpation of the throne sent shockwaves through the kingdom as she wielded her power with an iron fist, crushing any opposition in her path. Her rule was marked by darkness and tyranny, as the people of Judah longed for a leader to rise up and challenge her reign.

Amidst the oppression of Athaliah's rule, a glimmer of hope emerged in the form of young Prince Jehoash, hidden away from the queen's grasp. Through a daring rescue mission led by loyal supporters, Jehoash was spirited away to safety, destined for a future that held the promise of restoration and renewal.

As Jehoash grew in hidden exile, whispers of a rightful heir to the throne began to spread throughout the kingdom. With each passing day, anticipation grew for the moment when Jehoash would emerge from the shadows and claim his rightful place as king, bringing a new era of hope and promise.

During his hidden years, Jehoash was nurtured and guided by those who believed in his destiny as the true king of Judah. Through lessons of leadership and wisdom, Jehoash prepared himself for the challenges that lay ahead, determined to restore honor and righteousness to the kingdom.

When the time came for Jehoash to reveal himself to the people, a wave of excitement and anticipation swept through the land. In a grand ceremony, Jehoash was crowned king, ushering in a new chapter for Judah as he took his place on the throne with the weight of expectations resting upon his shoulders.

With the kingdom now under the rule of King Joash, a period of reform and restoration began to take shape. Determined to bring about renewal and revival, Joash set his sights on restoring the temple of the Lord, a symbol of faith and reverence for the people of Judah.

Through tireless efforts and unwavering dedication, Joash oversaw the repair and renovation of the temple, ensuring that its sacred walls stood strong once more. His commitment to honoring the traditions of his ancestors infused the kingdom with a sense of purpose and unity, as the people rallied behind their king in this noble endeavor.

However, amidst the triumph of the temple's restoration, betrayal lurked in the shadows as Joash faced a threat from within his own ranks. Deception and treachery threatened to undermine Joash's efforts, casting a shadow of doubt over the kingdom and testing the young king's resolve in the face of adversity.

Once upon a time in the land of Judah, there ruled a king named Amaziah. He was known for his military prowess and his victories in battle.

King Amaziah led his army fearlessly into battle, conquering cities and expanding his kingdom. His troops were fierce and loyal, making him a formidable force to be reckoned with.

As Amaziah's power grew, so did his pride. He became overconfident and made the mistake of challenging a stronger enemy. In a fateful battle, his army was defeated, and his kingdom was left vulnerable.

As we conclude our exploration of 2 Chronicles Chapters 22-25 in the KJV, we are reminded of the timeless lessons found within these ancient texts. The stories of kings and queens, victories and downfalls, serve as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of faith, the consequences of pride, and the ever-present guidance of a higher power. May these tales continue to inspire and instruct readers for generations to come, offering wisdom and insight into the complexities of human nature and the unwavering faithfulness of the divine.

Brothers and Sisters now let's review what we just learned, from today's devotional.

First, we learn that the events described in these chapters are based on historical accounts, but it’s essential to recognize that the Chronicler’s purpose was not merely to provide a strict historical record. Instead, he aimed to convey spiritual and theological lessons.

2 Chronicles 22 narrates the wicked reign of Ahaziah, who followed the ways of the house of Ahab. His mother, Athaliah, influenced him toward evil. The account aligns with other biblical texts and historical context.

While historical accuracy is crucial, these narratives also serve as moral and spiritual lessons for readers.

Second, we learn that the chapters highlight the profound implications of leadership choices. Ahaziah’s brief and wicked reign demonstrates how leaders influence their nations and people.

Ahaziah’s alliance with the house of Ahab led to his downfall. The consequences of aligning with evil forces are evident in his life.

God’s Judgment: Throughout these chapters, we see God’s judgment upon unfaithful kings. Their disobedience results in divine discipline.

The Role of Prophets: Prophets play a crucial role in guiding and warning the kings. Their messages emphasize obedience to God and the consequences of rebellion.

Third, we learn that modern leaders can learn from the successes and failures of ancient kings. The impact of leadership decisions extends beyond personal lives to entire communities.

Ethical Choices: The stories of Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah remind us that our choices matter. Aligning with evil influences can lead to disastrous outcomes.

God’s Faithfulness: Despite human failings, God remains faithful. His judgment serves as a warning, but His grace and forgiveness are also evident.

Prophetic Voices: Just as prophets guided ancient rulers, modern readers can seek wisdom from spiritual leaders and mentors.

Application: We can apply these themes to our lives by prioritizing our relationship with God, making wise choices, and seeking His guidance.

In summary, while these chapters have historical roots, their deeper purpose lies in teaching spiritual truths and guiding our own lives. As modern readers, we can draw valuable lessons from the kings and queens of old.

Brothers and Sisters, in conclusion, our exploration of 2 Chronicles Chapters 22-25 in the KJV, we are reminded of the timeless lessons found within these ancient texts. The stories of kings and queens, victories and downfalls, serve as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of faith, the consequences of pride, and the ever-present guidance of a higher power. May these tales continue to inspire and instruct readers for generations to come, offering wisdom and insight into the complexities of human nature and the unwavering faithfulness of the divine.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I want to express my gratitude for allowing me to share this devotional with you. "A Captivating Story Unfolds," using the Old Testament from the KJV Bible scriptures, serves as a timeless guide for Christians, providing practical wisdom and profound insight. 

As you continue your journey of faith, I would love to hear from you, so I'm inviting you to join me in my ministry Rhoades Well Traveled Ministry, and share your passion for spiritual growth and service, with me.

Friends, I hope and pray that you have enjoyed and gained some great knowledge reading my devotional today as I have and enjoyed researching and writing about it. 

May we carry the light of compassion, the strength of faith, and the warmth of community with us as we step out into the world. Have a great and blessful day ahead. Amen.

May God Bless Each and Every One;

Reverend Danny Rhoades



Dear Heavenly Father, we come before You, seeking Your guidance and mercy. As we reflect on the lives of the kings mentioned in 2 Chronicles 22-25, we recognize both their triumphs and their failures. Teach us valuable lessons through their experiences. 

Ahaziah’s reign was marked by wickedness and poor counsel. May we learn to seek wisdom from You, O Lord, rather than relying on our own understanding. Help us avoid destructive paths and turn our hearts toward righteousness. 

Jehoshabeath courageously protected young Joash, ensuring his survival despite the chaos around her. Grant us the strength to stand up for what is right, even when faced with adversity. May we protect and nurture the vulnerable in our midst. 

Jehoiada’s righteous leadership restored order and worship in Judah. Lord, raise up leaders who prioritize justice, truth, and the worship of You. May our hearts be aligned with Your purposes, and may we work tirelessly for the well-being of our communities.

Amaziah’s pride led to his downfall. Remind us that true strength lies in humility and dependence on You. Guard our hearts against arrogance and help us recognize that our victories come from Your grace.

Lord, we pray for mankind, for You to heal our wounds, physical and spiritual. Unite us in love and compassion. Grant wisdom to our leaders. Protect the innocent and vulnerable. May our actions reflect Your grace.

May this prayer serve us as a reminder of Your sovereignty, grace, and the importance of seeking Your ways God. These things I pray in the name of our Lord and Savor, Jesus Christ. Amen

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