WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
2 KINGS 11:1-16
"… slew all the children
that were in Bethlehem..."
SATAN’S ATTEMPT TO WIPE-OUT THE MESSIAH’S LINE
Following the secession of the northern tribes, the kingdom left to Rehoboam consisted primarily of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. The Kingdom of Judah lasted 480 years, exactly twice as long as the Northern Kingdom of Israel. This longer existence was due to the people’s faith and the few godly kings in the Southern Kingdom.
Seven-year-old Joash became the ninth king of Judah, and he reigned forty years. He was born during a period of excessive bloodshed in the south. His own grandfather Jehoram murdered all his (Jehoram’s) brothers when he gained sole power (2 Chron 21:1-4), while Jehoram’s other sons were killed by Arabians (2 Chron 22:1), leaving only Ahaziah and his family as the descendants of David. When Ahaziah reigned as king of Judah, Jehu executed both Ahaziah and Joram king of Israel (2 Kings 9:24-27). And when Jehu also killed forty-two members of Judah’s royal family (2 Kings 10:13-14), Joash became the sole surviving descendent of David.
It was at this time that Athaliah (Ahaziah’s mother) usurped the throne in Jerusalem. Athaliah was the daughter of Israel’s wicked king Ahab who became the wife of Jehoram. She seized the opportunity to become the "king" of Judah. When she took over the throne, she massacred the royal princes, but Joash was saved from her unnatural fury by the action of his aunt Jehosheba, the wife of Jehoiada, the high priest (2 Chron 22:10-11). It was in this situation that the seed of David was at the verge of extinction.
Satan has always wanted to cut-off the line of the Messiah even though he never succeeded. He attempted this when baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem. God’s perfect plan will never fail. The all-wise and allknowing God cannot make mistakes. He has set everything according to His sovereign plan. Let us fully trust in Him!
THOUGHT: How should I thank God for His perfect plans?
PRAYER: "O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver" (Ps 7:1-2).