Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of II Chronicles Chapter 24
Metaphysically Interpreting II Chronicles 24:1-14
24:1Joash was seven years old when he began to reign; and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Zibiah, of Beer-sheba. 24:2And Joash did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah all the days of Jehoiada the priest. 24:3And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
24:4And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to restore the house of Jehovah.24:5And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year; and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not. 24:6And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the tax of Moses the servant of Jehovah, and of the assembly of Israel, for the tent of the testimony? 24:7For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of Jehovah did they bestow upon the Baalim.
24:8So the king commanded, and they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of Jehovah. 24:9And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in for Jehovah the tax that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness. 24:10And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end. 24:11And it was so, that, at what time the chest was brought unto the king's officers by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the chief priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to its place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance. 24:12And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of Jehovah; and they hired masons and carpenters to restore the house of Jehovah, and also such as wrought iron and brass to repair the house of Jehovah. 24:13So the workmen wrought, and the work of repairing went forward in their hands, and they set up the house of God in its state, and strengthened it. 24:14And when they had made an end, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of Jehovah, even vessels wherewith to minister and to offer, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt-offerings in the house of Jehovah continually all the days of Jehoiada.
October 16, 1898: II Chronicles 24:4-13
Seventy years have elapsed since our last lesson. During this time Israel has fallen away from the good inculcated by the teachers sent out by Jehoshaphat, and the temple has suffered attacks of the Assyrians on the outside and from neglect upon the inside. The royal seed of the house of Judah has apparently been destroyed, but Joash had been saved and through him was Israel to be turned back to the worship of the true God and the temple restored.
The Bible is but the history of one individual and that one is ourself. The different people and their characteristics are the portrayal of the successive steps which we take in our rise from the lower to the higher planes of consciousness. We study the Bible that we may apply the knowledge thus gained of its esoteric meaning and more quickly unfold and bring into manifestation the Christ within each one.
This lesson represents our condition when, after its time of listening to the Assyrians (worldly thoughts) and failing to listen to the “still small voice” of Truth, we awake to the realization that our temple is out of repair, and the Holy of Holies veiled in darkness, for the spiritual fire has died down.
4. This is the time when the seed germ of Truth (Joash), though hidden for awhile, comes forth and assumes control and begins to “restore the house of the Lord.” Joash means “whom Jehovah supports.”
5. The Spirit of Truth calls to its aid those thoughts (Priests and Levites) which have been ministering in our spiritual consciousness and bids them hasten to bring in from all our faculties (all Israel) [to] help to repair the temple. But being still in a state of apathy, we hasten not.
6. Then the Spirit of Truth (the King) asks the will (the chief) why these thoughts (the tax) have not been brought from the center of consciousness (Jerusalem) for the testimony.
7. All our faculties were originally dedicated to the service of God, but have been perverted by mortal sense (Athaliah).
8-9. Realizing our need, we prepare ourselves and declare that we will concentrate our efforts to promote our spiritual growth.
10. We do this work ourselves with great pleasure, allowing no one to do our thinking for us, and our whole being is filled with the light of Truth (the chest is filled).
11. If we attain the desired end, we cannot [be] intermittent in holding true thoughts, but day by day must the chest be filled. This is praying without ceasing.
12. These strong true thoughts are the masons and carpenters which rebuild the temple, and are the iron and brass which strengthen and hold it firm.
13. So the work is perfected and the temple (the spiritual consciousness) is restored to its original state and we stand forth as the Ideal Man, the God Man.
– UNITY magazine.
Metaphysically Interpreting II Chronicles 24:15-22
24:15But Jehoiada waxed old and was full of days, and he died; a hundred and thirty years old was he when he died. 24:16And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, and toward God and his house.
24:17Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them. 24:18And they forsook the house of Jehovah, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guiltiness. 24:19Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto Jehovah; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
24:20And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of Jehovah, so that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken Jehovah, he hath also forsaken you. 24:21And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of Jehovah. 24:22Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, Jehovah look upon it, and require it.
Metaphysically Interpreting II Chronicles 24:23-37
24:23And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the army of the Syrians came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus. 24:24For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men; and Jehovah delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken Jehovah, the God of their fathers. So they executed judgment upon Joash.
24:25And when they were departed for him (for they left him very sick), 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; and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings. 24:26And these are they that conspired against him: Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess. 24:27Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the rebuilding of the house of God, behold, they are written in the commentary of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-10-2014