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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2 Chronicles 23:13-14 Treason, Treason
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