In our last episode, we considered the life of King Joash, the baby who was rescued from the wrath of a wicked queen and later brought to power by Jehoiada, one of the Lord’s faithful priests. After Jehoiada’s death, King Joash abandons the temple of the Lord, and is later assassinated. The next three kings come from his lineage. Amaziah begins well, but inexplicable turns to worship the idols of those he has defeated, and soon thereafter becomes overconfident. Amaziah’s son, Uzziah, also begins well, but he, too, becomes overconfident, and acts unfaithfully by offering incense in the Lord’s temple, a role that is reserved only for priests. Finally, Jotham’s reign is pretty quiet, as he did not waver in obeying the Lord.