Forty years is a long time, but not when you start at seven

2 Chronicles Bible Background

06.07.2017 Old Testament: 2Ch 24.1

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 23–25 on June 7, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

To reign as king for 40 years is a long time, but not if you are seven when you begin your reign,

Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba (2 Chronicles 24.1). 

In America, we could have ten different presidents during a 40-year span. To Americans then, someone at the head of a nation for that time seems like a long time. However, in America you have to be at least 35 years of age to be president.

How long was it before Joash actually started running the nation? Undoubtedly, he always had advisers, as any leader does. Forty years is enough time to shape the mentality of a nation, or church, or business.


  • Have you been doing something for a long time?
  • How have you influenced that institution?

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