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The Youngest King

Updated: May 20, 2021

From Friday, March 19, 2021.

I was reading from 2 Chronicles this morning. I read chapters 33 and 34. I would encourage you to read it as well. It is rich with history, but the thing that really struck me was the age of the kings.

Manasseh was only 12 years old when he became king! He ruled the country jointly with his father Hezekiah and then alone for a total of 55 years.

Amon, son of Manasseh, was 22 years old when he began his reign, which only lasted 2 years, as he was assassinated in his own palace.

But the real shocker was the age of the king after Amon...he was only 8 years old!

Can you imagine? Eight years old!

From The Clear Word, beginning with chapter 34:1-3 "Josiah was only eight years old when he became King, and he ruled over Judah from Jerusalem for 31 years. He did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. He followed the example of his ancestor David and remained faithful to God..." In the eighth year of his reign, while still in his teens, he began to worship the God of his fathers even more earnestly. Four years later, at about the age of 20, he began getting rid of pagan places of worship..."

Although I raised my children with responsibility, I cannot imagine any of them being able to rule a country at the age of 8.

It's hard to imagine anyone younger that Josiah, but in fact King Joash became king when he was just 7 years old! He ruled over Judah for 40 years!

The story behind this young king is pretty incredible. You can read about it in 2 Chronicles 22 but to sum it up...Athaliah was the mother of King Ahaziah. When she learned of his death, she appointed herself queen and took over the kingdom. She did not want anyone from the house of David to replace any of the descendants of Ahab so she started to kill anyone that belonged to the house of Judah that would have had the right to take the throne. BUT, her half sister took her brother's youngest son Joash, at the age of 1, and hid him and his nurse in her bedroom. The boy lived in that temple apartment for six years while this wicked queen ruled.

When the boy was 7 years old the high priest decided to do something about the situation and made an agreement with five commanders of the army. They went out and brought the Levites and all the heads of ancestral houses to Jerusalem. They all took an oath of loyalty to the 7 year old Joash.

The story gets really intense in chapter 23 beginning with verse 3 through verse 21. I would encourage you to grab your Bible or Bible app and read it for yourself. Like I said, it is rich with history.

I guess my point is, God can and has used children to get the job done!

For example:

David, the young shepherd boy who slew Goliath.

Samuel the young boy who served along the priest Eli.

Joseph was just 17 when his brothers threw him in the pit and yet God used him in such a mighty way once he got to Egypt.

The young slave girl we read about in 2 Kings 5.

Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were very young. It is thought they were some where between 12 and 15 years old when they were taken into captivity.

The prophet Jeremiah was a teenager when God called him.

King Solomon was roughly 19 or 20 when he began his reign.

Queen Esther was still in her teens when she entered the King's courts.

And of course we cannot forget, Mary, the mother of Jesus. There is speculation that she was between the age of 12 and 14. According to the custom of that day, she could have been betrothed at about 12 years old.

God can use you no matter your age!

Matthew 19:14 "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Mark 10:13-16 "And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them."

Have a blessed weekend and keep looking up. Jesus is coming soon!

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