2 Kings 10-12; Acts 11

2 Kings 11:1-3 When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she began to kill off the whole royal family. But Jehosheba, daughter of King Joram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash, Ahaziah’s son, and spirited him away, along with his nurse, from the bedroom where the princes were about to be slain. He was concealed from Athaliah, and so he did not die. For six years he remained hidden with her in the house of the LORD, while Athaliah ruled as queen over the land.

The Second Book of Kings is a bloody recounting of betrayal, murder, and slaughter all in the name of grasping for power.  An orderly and peaceful transfer of power was rare, especially in the Northern Kingdom.  Remember if you will in 1 Samuel how the people clamored for a king; I think Samuel somewhat undersold the grief they would endure, especially under a bad king – or in the case of Athaliah, a bad queen.  As much grief and remorse many of us are feeling about this upcoming Presidential election, we have much to be thankful for: we’ve had no coups, no bloodletting when the king dies: it has been over 230 years of relatively orderliness and the respect for law.  I am hoping of course it continues: as Franklin told a questioning lady, “You have a republic Madam, if you can keep it.”

Of course every Christian’s heart should be with the one true King, and long for the coming of his Kingdom.  Come Lord Jesus, come!

GOD’S ANSWER: As My Son told his disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”

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