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How could a seven year old rule a nation?


Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.  2 Chronicles 24:1-2
            Yes, a difficult endeavor but Joash, who was orphaned because his grandmother killed the royal family, was raised under the wise tutelage of Jehoiada, a priest.  It appears Jehoiada made many of the leadership calls.  God also kept the nation safe from bigger conflicts requiring more mature wisdom.
            Jehoiada’s influence continued throughout his life, but when he died, Joash turned away from God.  This shows Jehoiada’s leadership qualities that guided Joash to do the right things.