Athaliah, a true daughter of Jezebel, declares herself Queen over God’s people when her son, Ahaziah, dies. This usurper, was an evil queen, and the nation felt the pain of her leadership.  Jehoiada the priest acts to install the rightful heir, Joash, the young boy to the throne and he became king at 7 years of age. In his life, under the guidance of his foster parents the priest Jehoiada and his wife, Joash ruled well. His testimony is that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”

We also read how the nation responded to the change from a self appointed despot to a divinely appointed king.  We read that when “he took his seat on the throne of the kings, so all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet after Athaliah had been put to death…”

When the true King is installed all other tyrannies will fall by the wayside and life will be full of rejoicing and there will be peace in the land. When we lift up Jesus, as the true king of kings and lord of lords over our life, we find the same to be true for us today. The truth is that we all serve someone or something.  And like all illegitimate rulers, whatever we serve will eventually enslave us to serve it, unlike the true king who sets us free from the tyrannies of life to love and serve the one and only true Lord.

Come to me, Jesus says, “All you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am humble and gentle in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”

“When He comes on that day, He will receive glory from His holy people – praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believe what we told you about Him.”  2 Thessalonians 1:10