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A Crime Against Humanity

2 Chronicles 22:10-12 :

Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal offspring of the house of Judah. But Jehoshabeath, the king’s daughter, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stealthily rescued him from among the king’s sons who were slain, and put him and his nurse in the bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah, so that she didn’t kill him. He was with them hidden in God’s house six years while Athaliah reigned over the land.

So, while Ahab's household and friends were being killed off by Jehu, a daughter of Ahab became queen in Judah by attempting to kill off all of her own grand-children. It's easy to see how wicked this woman was when looking from the outside, but it may not be obvious at first how common her attitude is in our world today. Consider the fact that Athaliah merely decided to not allow children to ruin her career. To God, it doesn't matter when you kill your children. Whether it is before or after they are born, it is still murder. When we place our own choices above the choices of God and of others, we take God's place.

We read here that Ahaziah's sister, Jehoshabeath, married Jehoiada the priest. When she found out what was happening she hid baby Joash and his nurse from Athaliah, in the temple. I want you to see that, whether she realized it or not, Athaliah was committing a crime against humanity. God had promised to save the world through David's offspring, and Athaliah had decided to completely destroy them for her own gain. She was willing to destroy her own hope of salvation, as well as the hope of the whole world, in order to keep her career. This was impossible to do, because God had promised to save mankind, so, in spite of Athaliah, God made sure that baby Joash was protected in His own house.

God has repeatedly saved us ever since we started sinning as a race. He has proven by these actions that He loves us and is committed to save us from our sinful condition, no matter what we do to Him or to ourselves. Can you imagine what it must have been like in Judah for those who believed in God? Can you imagine the crying and sorrow they felt as they tried to understand how they would be saved when all of David's children were destroyed? For six years, God's salvation was hidden in His house as Athaliah appeared to have destroyed all hope.

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