MONDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2017
2 Chronicles 24:1-8
Joash Repairs the Temple
1 Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. 2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest. 3 Jehoiada chose two wives for him, and he had sons and daughters.
4 Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the Lord. 5 He called together the priests and Levites and said to them, “Go to the towns of Judah and collect the money due annually from all Israel, to repair the temple of your God. Do it now.” But the Levites did not act at once.
6 Therefore the king summoned Jehoiada the chief priest and said to him, “Why haven’t you required the Levites to bring in from Judah and Jerusalem the tax imposed by Moses the servant of the Lord and by the assembly of Israel for the tent of the covenant law?”
7 Now the sons of that wicked woman Athaliah had broken into the temple of God and had used even its sacred objects for the Baals.
8 At the king’s command, a chest was made and placed outside, at the gate of the temple of the Lord.
King Joash did what was right in the eyes of the lord, even when his people had strayed from God's direction. Christians are called to do right in the eyes of the Lord whatever the circumstances.
JUMATATU TAREHE 4 DECEMBER 2017
2 Nyakati 24: 1 - 8
1 Yoashi alikuwa na umri wa miaka saba alipoanza kutawala; akatawala miaka arobaini huko Yerusalemu; na jina la mamaye aliitwa Sibia wa Beer-sheba.
2 Yoashi akafanya yaliyo mema machoni pa Bwana siku zote za Yehoyada kuhani.
3 Yehoyada akamwoza wake wawili, naye akazaa wana na binti.
4 Ikawa baada ya haya, Yoashi alikuwa na nia ya kuitengeneza nyumba ya Mungu.
5 Akawakusanya makuhani na Walawi, akawaambia, Nendeni mijini mwa Yuda, mkakusanye katika Israeli wote fedha, ili kuitengeneza nyumba ya Mungu wenu mwaka kwa mwaka, mkafanye bidii kuliharakisha neno hili. Walakini Walawi hawakuliharakisha.
6 Mfalme akamwita Yehoyada mkuu wao, akamwambia, Mbona hukuwataka Walawi waitoze Yuda na Yerusalemu kodi ya Musa mtumishi wa Bwana, na ya kusanyiko la Israeli, kwa ajili ya hema ya ushuhuda?
7 Kwa kuwa wana wa Athalia, yule mwanamke mwovu, walikuwa wameibomoa nyumba ya Mungu; na vitakatifu vyote vya nyumba ya Bwana wamewapatia mabaali.
8 Basi mfalme akaamuru, nao wakafanyiza kasha, wakaliweka nje langoni pa nyumba ya Bwana.
Mfalme Yoashi alitenda mema machoni kwa Mungu hata pale watu wake walipoacha kutii amri za Mungu. Wakristo tunaitwa kutendenda yanayompendeza Mungu katika hali zote.