2 Chronicles 22

2 Chronicles 22 has Ahaziah becoming king of Judah at age twenty-two.  He got the nod because he was the only son left after a “band of men that came with the Arabians killed all the older sons”.  Made selection of the successor a no brainer. Ahaziah’s mother was the wicked Athaliah, who was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel of the northern kingdom of Israel and she was given in marriage to Jehoram, the king of Judah, Ahaziah’s father. She brought her influence to bear upon her son and made him more of a son of Ahab and Jezebel then a son of David and his godly descendants.

He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”.  But it went further than just bad decisions in how they worshiped.  Ahaziah’s close association with the wicked house of Ahab developed into a war alliance with Israel against Syria.  “For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing.  He even followed their counsel and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to make war against Hazael king of Syria”.  Who we surround ourselves with matters.  We will be led astray if we are surrounded by bad counsel.

Ahaziah is killed according to God’s plan by Jehu, the man on a mission to execute judgment on the house of Ahab.  And he gets to Ahaziah who was hiding in Samaria after being injured in the battle against Syria.  As they buried him they said “He is the grandson of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart”.  Two generations and they go from seeking God with all their heart to doing evil in the sight of the Lord.  Talk about a change of life focus.  His evil mother “arose and destroyed all the royal family”.  She wasn’t going to let power slip away from her.  And she takes over the kingdom because all the royals were gone except her, at least she thought.

But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him away….he remained with them six years, hidden in the house of God, while Athaliah reigned over the land”.  This little-known woman had an important place in God’s plan. Through her courage and ingenuity, she preserved the royal line of David through which the Messiah would come. Evil people like Athaliah will begin their work, but God can always raise up a Jehoshabeath.  Though Ahaziah was a bad king who was evil, he was still a descendant of David. God remembered His promise and spared this one young survivor to the massacre of Athaliah. The line of David was almost wiped out and continued only through Joash, who grew up in the temple much like Samuel had.

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