2 Kings 11* Athaliah usurps the government of Judah, Jehoash made king.(1-12) Athaliah put to death. (13-16) The worship of the Lordrestored. (17-21)1-12 Athaliah destroyed all she knew to be akin to the crown.Jehoash, one of the king's sons, was hid. Now was the promisemade to David bound up in one life only, and yet it did notfail. Thus to the Son of David, the Lord, according to hispromise, will secure a spiritual seed, hidden sometimes, andunseen, but hidden in God's pavilion, and unhurt. Six yearsAthaliah tyrannized. Then the king was brought forward. A childindeed, but he had a good guardian, and, what was better, a goodGod to go to With such joy and satisfaction must the kingdom ofChrist be welcomed into our hearts, when his throne is set upthere, and Satan the usurper is cast out. Say, Let the King,even Jesus, live, for ever live and reign in my soul, and in allthe world. 13-16 Athaliah hastened her own destruction. She herself wasthe greatest traitor, and yet was first and loudest in crying,Treason, treason! The most guilty are commonly the most forwardto reproach others. 17-21 King and people would cleave most firmly to each other,when both had joined themselves to the Lord. It is well with apeople, when all the changes that pass over them help to revive,strengthen, and advance the interests of religion among them.Covenants are of use, both to remind us of, and bind us to, theduties already binding on us. They immediately abolishedidolatry; and, pursuant to the covenant with one another, theyexpressed mutual readiness to help each other. The peoplerejoiced, and Jerusalem was quiet. The way for people to bejoyful and at peace, is to engage fully in the service of God;for the voice of joy and thanksgiving is in the dwellings of therighteous, but there is no peace for the wicked.
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