The need for Godly instruction.

Scripture:
 All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. – 2 Kings 12:2

Observation:
The reign of King Joash began at the tender age of seven under the tutelage of the high priest. The bible stated that Joash pleased God in all that he did because he had a Godly person instruct him in the ways of God. He had a firm foundation on the principles established by Jehovah.

Application:
This may seem a little off topic but is germane to the whole discussion. Many people have been taught wrong doctrine and believe many things that sound Godly but are completely contrary to scripture. One prime example is the pre-tribulation rapture. I won’t go into detail here about the topic. You can read for yourself what Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church as well as what he said elsewhere about the Day of the Lord along with Peter’s teaching on the same event.

The problem is that Paul also taught, as did Peter, that in these last days people would go looking for false preachers, teachers, prophets, etc., who would tell the people what they want to hear rather adhere to, heed, and believe what God clearly stated in his Word. Had Joash not had Jehoiada’s counsel and instruction, we can almost be certain that he would have followed the way of the Samarian kings and the other Davidic kings, who didn’t do what was pleasing to God and sinned against him by leading their nations into rebellion, idolatry, and witchcraft.

Jesus taught that a wise man is like a man who built his house on the Rock, a solid foundation, to resist its destruction should storms prevail and attempt to destroy the house. Our solid foundation is none other than Jesus himself. Paul wrote that he built upon the sure foundation of Jesus. The bible described Jesus as the chief cornerstone and the stone that the builders rejected. He is the way to the Father alone, no other.

Who is the Godly counsel in your life? Do you have someone who is more knowledgeable in matters of God than you? Remember that wise Solomon wrote that there is safety in Godly counsel. We are not to think more highly of ourselves lest we fall into temptation of pride. As David cared for Mephibosheth and schooled him in the ways of the Lord, we too, should have someone we’re discipling while being discipled by someone of greater spiritual experience and maturity. We are all to be student-teachers where we teach others as we learn from others.

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