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A Tyrannical Majority

2 Chronicles 24:17-22 :

Now after the death of Jehoiada, the princes of Judah came, and bowed down to the king. Then the king listened to them. They abandoned the house of Yahweh, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherah poles and the idols, so wrath came on Judah and Jerusalem for this their guiltiness. Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again to Yahweh, and they testified against them; but they would not listen.

The Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God, ‘Why do you disobey Yahweh’s commandments, so that you can’t prosper? Because you have forsaken Yahweh, he has also forsaken you.’ ”

They conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of Yahweh’s house. Thus Joash the king didn’t remember the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but killed his son. When he died, he said, “May Yahweh look at it, and repay it.”

When our minds are not anchored in truth, they can be influenced by lies. It is very likely that Joash had spent his life listening to councilors. Could it be that he never grounded his own mind in God's truth? Could he have been following councilors instead of following God? Here we read that Joash listened to "the princes of Judah," who convinced him that he should stop going to the temple and start serving "the Ashera poles and the idols." He became so convinced by them that even though God sent many prophets to him, he would not go back to God. This reminds me of a proverb:

Proverbs 29:12 :

If a ruler listens to lies, all of his officials are wicked.

Could it be that Joash was simply going with the majority? Whatever the case is, he turned into a monster, with a surprising resemblance to the wicked queen that once tried to destroy him. He dipped so low as to command that God's prophet be stoned in the very temple courts that once protected him. He killed the prophet who's father had served as his own father by protecting him from death. This prophet, Zechariah, bravely stood up and told all the people, including the king and the princes, that they were wrong and were keeping themselves from prospering. Together, they voted against him with rocks and stoned him to death.

So we can see that voting does not reveal the truth or bring justice. When there is a lack of justice or truth, it is often the majority that is to blame. It cannot be expected to bring a solution. The real problem is idolatry. When the majority worships something other than God, then voting actually becomes yet another weapon in the hands of a tyrannical government. “May Yahweh look at it, and repay it.”

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