2 Chronicles 23:13-14 Treason, Treason

2 Chronicles 23:13-14 (KJV)
And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.
Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house of the LORD.

How deceptive the human heart can be!

Athaliah had committed treason by killing all of her own grandchildren. One however survived, hidden away by the child’s aunt in the temple and home of the High Priest.

Some years progressed as the child grew to the ripe old age of seven. It was then that the priest brought others in on his “secret” and plans were made for the child to be anointed King. When Athaliah heard it she cried “treason”, forgetting that she was the one who had truly committed treason.

The human heart, in similar fashion:

  • Destroys the ownership of God upon it
  • Establishes its own authority and
  • Goes on behaving as if it is legitimately in charge

One day God reveals the true sovereign, Jesus Christ, and the heart’s first impulse is to cry “treason”. Some do as the priest and others did that day, and submit to the true king. They are saved. Others do as Athaliah did, and reject him. They are all eventually destroyed in eternal fire.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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