Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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Those who ignore history do so at their peril, for there is in human conduct a certain pattern that from time to time will recur. When this happens we say that history repeats itself. That is no doubt another way of saying that men and women make the same mistakes, and as long as the lessons of the past are unheeded they are likely to continue doing so. Wise words come from the apostle: “The things written aforetime were written for our learning.”

In 2 Kings 11 we are introduced to the evil days of the house of Judah as long ago as 885 B.C. A queen is on the throne, not as in England by lineal descent and ancient right, but by the hand of violence, through tyranny, murder and bloodshed. The queen is Athaliah who was the daughter of Ahab, and probably the daughter of Jezebel. The record does not embellish or praise her deeds. The facts are stated and they are terrible enough. For Athaliah was the mother of the reigning king Ahaziah and, upon his untimely death, she destroyed (as she supposed) all the male children of the royal line.

So inhuman an act as the massacre of her own grandchildren is hard to credit, though there are many parallels in history if we wished to find them. In this case Athaliah’s savage and bloodthirsty deeds unmasked her own ruthless ambitions. While her son reigned, she was the real power behind the throne, using it to encompass her evil designs. When his sudden death threatened to end her own reign, all scruples are swept aside; all the ties of family affection, all thoughts of justice and mercy are forgotten as she takes the throne by violence and holds the crown with hands that are guilty of blood.

To this dark deed there was a sequel. If history has made one thing clear, it is surely that violence begets violence, that they who show no pity receive no pity, and that those who reach for power through blood often lose it by the same means. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”

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