Jesus Christ is Love.
He gave His life for our sins,
Then returned above.
The Sovereign Lord;
In pain you shall
Bring children forth.
I take her words
On wooded roads
And read until
My head explodes.
The Daily Cross
You have to bear
The cross each day,
Stay true to God
And keep His way.
1 When Athaliah, Ahaziah’s mother,
Saw that her son was dead, she went out to
Decimate the whole royal family,
2 But Jehosheba, King Jehoram’s daughter
And Ahaziah’s sister, took out Joash,
Ahaziah’s son, and stole him away
From the midst of the royal princes, who
Would soon be murdered. She put him and his
Own nurse inside a bedroom to hide him
From Athaliah; so he was not killed.
3 He stayed concealed with his own nurse within
The temple of the LORD for six years while
Athaliah did rule the land, 4 and in
The seventh year Jehoiada sent for
Commanders of the units of a hundred,
The Carites and the guards and had them brought
To him right at the temple of the LORD.
He made a covenant with them and put
Them under oath at the LORD’s temple, then
He showed them the king’s son. 5 He ordered them
By saying, “You shall do this: You who are
In the three companies that go on duty
Upon the Sabbath–with a third of you
To guard the royal palace, 6 with a third
At the Sur Gate, and with a third right at
The gate behind the guard, who take turns guarding
The temple– 7 and you who are in the other
Two companies that normally go off
Sabbath duty shall guard the temple for
The king, 8 so set yourselves around the king,
Each one of you with weapons in his hand.
Anyone who comes near your ranks is to
Be put to death; stay near the king wherever
He goes.” 9 Commanders of the units of
A hundred did just as Jehoiada
The priest had said. Each one took his own men–
The ones beginning duty on the Sabbath
And those who had completed duty–and
Came to Jehoiada the priest, 10 then he
Gave the commanders spears and shields that had
Once been King David’s which were in God’s temple.
11 The guards, each with a weapon in his hand,
Stationed themselves around the king–beside
The altar and the temple, from the south
Side to the north side of the temple, 12 then
Jehoiada brought out the king’s son and
He put the crown on him, and he presented
Him with a copy of the covenant
And called him king, and they anointed him,
And people clapped their hands and cried, “Long live
The king!” 13 When Athaliah heard the noise
The guards and people made, she went out to
The people at the temple of the LORD.
14 She looked and there the king was, standing by
The pillar, as the custom was. Beside
The king were officers and trumpeters,
And people of the land rejoiced and blew
Their trumpets. Athaliah tore her robes
And called out, “Treason! Treason!” 15 And the priest
Jehoiada told the commanders of
The units of a hundred, who were over
The troops: “Bring her out here between the ranks
And put to sword the ones who follow her.”
Because the priest had said, “She must not be
Executed in the LORD’s temple,” 16 so
They seized her as she reached the place where horses
Go in the palace grounds, and there she was
Executed. 17 Jehoiada then made
A covenant between the LORD and king
And people that they would be the LORD’s people.
He also made a covenant between
The king and people; 18 all the people of
The land went to Baal’s temple and they tore
It down. They smashed the altars and the idols
To pieces and put Mattan, Baal’s priest,
To death before the altars, then the priest
Jehoiada did post some guards right at
The temple of the LORD, 19 and took with him
Those who commanded hundreds, captains, guards
And people of the land. Together they
Brought down the king from the LORD’s temple and
Went in the palace, and they entered through
The gate of guards. The king then took his place
Upon the royal throne, 20 and people of
The land rejoiced, and the whole city was
At peace, for Athaliah was sword-slain
Right at the palace; 21 Joash was the age
Of seven years when he began to reign.
My Redeemer Lives
I know that my Redeemer lives:
Through Him I have eternal worth;
How wonderful the life He gives,
And in the end He’ll stand on earth.