2 Chronicles 22-23; 2 Kings 11; Psalms 131; Matthew 8

Ahaziah, son of Ahab, did what was evil in God’s sight so he was killed.  Then his mother, who was in counselor in doing wicked deeds, took over for him.

“Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family of the house of Judah.” (2 Chronicles 22:10 ESV)

By hiding the king’s son for seven years to keep him away from his grandmother, they were able to make Joash king and get rid of Athaliah.

Then they brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony.  And they proclaimed him king, and Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and they said “long live the king!  When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she went into the house of the Lord to the people.  And when she looked, there was the king standing by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and the singers with their musical instruments leading in the celebration,” (2 Chronicles 23:11-14 ESV)

As I write the scripture listed above, I’m picturing KIng Jesus sitting on His throne, with all the believers praising Him and Satan realizing he had been defeated.

And the people said, “O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.” (Psalms 131:3 ESV)

The Centurion hoped in the Lord and the Lord used him as an example, as well as explaining how we are lost without Him.

“Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.  I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness.  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:10-12 ESV)

May we hope in the Lord from this day forward.  Amen!

Kellie

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