Read 2 Kings 11
Focus on verse 1
What kind of a mother attempts to kill all her children and grandchildren in order to protect herself? I have trouble imagining such treachery and brutality, but this is apparently the kind of person Athaliah was. For six years she was able to hold on to her stolen throne, and then it all caught up with her.
Apparently one of Athaliah’s own daughters risked her life to hide an infant nephew with the help of Jehoiada the priest. In the seventh year Athaliah’s scheme very suddenly is exposed and falls apart as Jehoiada arranges a plan with sufficient military support to crown the young prince and rightful heir as king before all the people. By the time Athaliah discovers what is happening the tide has turned against her, and her past sins catch up with her. Moses warns God’s people in Numbers 32:23 that when they sin against the Lord, they may be sure to know that their sin will catch up with them.
Sin always has consequences. It is only by the mercy and grace of God that we do not all suffer the consequences of our sin. Only by the blood of Christ who paid the penalty for all our sin, do we find redemption and forgiveness before God. In many cases the Lord also mercifully redeems our circumstance so that we are given a second chance in this life as well. Some consequences that sin brings are not removed and remain as scars which remind us of the price of sin. Jesus Himself carries the scars of sin on His hands and feet and side, reminding us of the price He paid to redeem us.