Athaliah the Horrible

Read 2 Chronicles 22

Focus on verse 10

Many years ago in another life when I was growing up on my father’s farm, we had a mean old sow that was known to do things like attack other farm animals and even killed her own piglets. The only cure my father knew of to remedy her behavior involved the making of pork chops and bacon. Apparently, while much of creation continues to demonstrate the perfection with which it was created, we are given enough examples to remind us that all of creation has been affected by sin and evil.

Athaliah was the mother of Ahaziah. She was also the wife of Jehoram and the daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. In light of her family heritage, perhaps it should not come as a surprise that she would attempt to butcher off all of the remaining relatives of her son in order to claim the throne for herself.

I think to myself…”what would motivate a person like Athaliah to abandon the natural nurturing and protecting instincts that most mothers have for their children and grandchildren and seek to destroy them?” In our western culture she would likely be diagnosed with some psychotic disorder and put on medication. This kind of behavior is what often results when humans believe the lies of the enemy of our souls who seeks to destroy us. His power is in his ability to deceive our minds. His greatest nemesis is the truth, which sets us free from his control.

Athaliah’s plot to rule is brought to ruin eight years later when she faces the same fate that she executed upon her offspring. This period of Israel’s history is a dark time in comparison to the prosperity, blessing and freedom that the people experienced under the reign of the kings that followed and served the Lord.

This principle continues to be consistent in that those people and families and nations that serve and honor the Lord tend to experience his blessing and prosperity. The exceptions to this would be the people who, like those in Israel during Athaliah’s reign of terror, served and followed the Lord yet suffered along with the rest of the nation. The bottom line continues to be that God is not unjust. In the final analysis when we all stand before Him there will be justice. Some of it happens here, much more will be meted out at that time.
Every day on the news channels we hear of more injustice as people across the globe brutalize each other in various struggles for power and control. There are some things that we can do to set that right here and now, there are others that God will set right in time. Athaliah may have been a horrible dictator, but she was neither the first nor the last reign of terror. We may encounter situations in our life, which are obviously out of the will and desire of God, but we can rest assured that we are never out of His care.


About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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