2 Kings 23:4-6 NKJV

And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, the priests of the second order, and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the articles that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. Then he removed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense on the high places in the cities of Judah and in the places all around Jerusalem, and those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all the host of heaven. And he brought out the wooden image from the house of the Lord, to the Brook Kidron outside Jerusalem, burned it at the Brook Kidron and ground it to ashes, and threw its ashes on the graves of the common people.

King Joash chose to follow God and he was zealous about removing all people, practices and objects that were disrespectful to Almighty God. 2 Kings 23:4-6 describes some of what he did. We can read on to find out additional things he did to show he was serious about making his kingdom pleasing to the Lord. As kings under God, we must examine our kingdom – the domain God has given us to rule over and purge it of things that are not pleasing to Him. As we read the books chronicling the history of the kings of Israel, we can see that those who were successful and blessed were the ones who sanctified their kingdoms for God’s glory. We must never forget who made us kings and honor Him in all we do.

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