Joash Sunday

We will have a Joash Sunday Offering on April 6, 2014 with the goal of retiring our Church mortgage.   

We request that Trinity members and friends give prayerful considera-tion to making a one-time offering for the purpose of making Trinity debt-free in 2014.  We ask that this gift be over and above any other giving that you may be planning for Trinity in 2014.  We also ask that it be as generous as you are able to give. 

Whether small or great, your Joash gift will go to help pay off our indebtedness.  More information will follow.    

Joash+repairs+templeFor now, here is some Joash Sunday background.  Who was Joash, anyway? 

There are eight Joashes in the Old Testament.  They range from an ambi-dextrous Benjaminite (a member of the tribe of Benjamin who could shoot arrows and sling stones either righty or lefty) to kings of both Judah and Israel.  The name means “God gives” or “God has given.”

Joash Sunday is named for King Joash of Judah, whose life and reign is recounted in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.  In short, Joash was a Godly king who came to power at a low point in Judah’s history, and restored the worship of God in the Temple.

He was a descendant of David.  He was the son of King Ahaziah.  Ahaziah was killed in a rebellion.  His widow, Athaliah, assumed power. She sought to kill all potential heirs so that she could maintain her posi-tion, in the process wiping out the line of David.  All of Ahaziah’s heirs were slain; all but one.

The infant Joash was saved by his aunt, Jehosheba, who was the wife of the High Priest Jehoiada.  For six years they hid him on the grounds of Solomon’s Temple.  This was quite a feat, since Athaliah was attempting to convert the temple to the worship of the god Baal, whose High Priest Mattan was the Queen’s front man.

When Joash was seven years old, Jehoiada arranged a rebellion that deposed Athaliah and Mattan (both were executed), and installed the boy on the throne.  Joash then ruled for thirty-seven years (from about 837 to 800 B.C.).  He reformed and restored the priesthood, and reinstituted the reading of Torah, par-ticularly Deuteronomy.

The Temple of Solomon had become dilapidated.  It was plundered by the priests of Baal and neglected by the priests of the Lord.

Joash wanted to restore the Temple, and at the same time insure that the money given for its restoration would be used for that purpose, and not diverted to other ends.  So, he placed a box at the Temple en-trance with a hole bored in the top.  Taxes for the Temple brought by local officials and gifts brought by individual citizens were placed in the box.

People were so enthusiastic to restore the Temple that the box was soon filled.  Solomon’s Temple was restored.  In the process, Judah’s dedication to the worship of God was also restored, with a fresh dedi-cation to living God’s Law.

The tradition of Joash Sunday as practiced among United Methodists, particularly those who come from an Evangelical United Brethren background, is based on these Old Testament passages.

Pastor Dan

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