“But in the seventh year Jehoiada took courage …” (v1). Israel wasn’t an ordinary nation; as God’s people, the priest Jehoiada knew that their existence depended on rejecting idolatry and returning to the covenant. He gathered the priests and Levites loyal to God and, together, they put the young prince Joash on the throne in defiance of his wicked grandmother Athaliah. The priest Jehoida led the people in tearing down idols and proclaiming “that they should be the Lord’s people” (v16).
God calls us to have courage like Jehoida, not to judge the world, but to examine ourselves as God’s people and embrace repentance and renewal (I Peter 4:17).