2 Chronicles 21-25 (The Daily Walk Bible).

2 Chronicles 21:6 is telling: “And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” Here Scripture reveals that Jehoram was corrupted by the idolatrous nature of his wife. This is another caution that our friends and our spouse have a profound influence on us. 1 Corinthians 15:33 reminds us, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.'” We have further proof of this in 2 Chronicles 24:17 when the godly high priest Jehoiada dies: “Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them.” Joash goes completely off the rails at that point!

We also have a reminder of the longsuffering of God in our passage (I like “longsuffering” as opposed to “patient” here – it’s so much more descriptive). Even after the disappointment of Jehoram 2 Chronicles 21:7 says, “Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.” Thank God for His longsuffering with us!

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