• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 24, 2021

Daily Reading: II Kings 9-11

II Kings 11:14 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason.

Athaliah was a work of art. She was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel and the granddaughter of Omri, who usurped the throne of Israel by the killing of Elah. Her family was a bloody family, a tradition she carried on. This slaughter of innocent souls gave her the throne of Judah, she was the only queen to rule. Upon the death of her son, Ahaziah, she killed all of the "seed royal" which included her blood relatives and grandchildren. However, her stepdaughter, Jehosheba stole away Joash and raised him in seclusion. When Joash was 7, Jehoiada, a priest, orchestrated a plot wherein Joash was put on the throne as the king of Judah. When Athaliah learned of the coronation of Joash she ran into the Temple and cried Treason, Treason.

Yet, the Bible proves out, Athaliah the wicked, was the treasonous one. She tried to kill all the royal seed just to secure herself as the queen. She accused others of doing that which she was guilty of doing.

This is the way it often is... Some people, especially those that are evil minded, accuse others of doing that which they have already done, or are planning to do, or would do if they could. There is an old proverbial Jewish story that goes like this: If a thief opens a jewelry store he will think that everyone is trying to steal from him. It is the wrongdoer that usually protests the loudest upon being caught.

The story of Athaliah instructs us in many ways. One way is to be careful not to transfer to others our thoughts or intents. After all, just because we would do a certain thing, doesn't mean others would do the same.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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