A warning to all heroes?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: 2 Kings 10:32-12:21; Psalm 3:1-8

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
2 Kings 11:1-2 (NKJV)
1 When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs. 2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered; and they hid him and his nurse in the bedroom, from Athaliah, so that he was not killed.

This really looks like some Korean imperial court drama! (oops, how would I know?!) Hungry for power, or perhaps, fearful for her own life, the queen guards herself by destroying all potential threats – even her grandchildren! Who would stop the extinction of David’s royal line? Not an army general, nor a wealthy tycoon, but a brave woman named Jehosheba, and her husband Jehoiada the priest (see 2 Chronicles 22:11). While their timely intervention helped to preserve Judah’s royal line for now, it would be a matter of time before David’s human kingdom came to an end.
(Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davidic_line)

Throughout history, brave men and women have intervened at just the right moment, saving nations, institutions, and businesses from collapse and demise. Even in the church, brave souls fought the establishment to save the Gospel – like Martin Luther and John Wesley, to name just two. Today, bold leaders and members speak up against their pastors to “save” the church from dying. This is all well and proper. Hopefully, these courageous souls are not mistaken. Yet it might help everyone to remember that (as the sad ending of Joash warns, cf. 2 Chronicles 24:21) all human efforts are subject ultimately to the sovereignty of God.

Lord, may I always remember that there is only one Saviour of the World (and it’s not me).


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