Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 10:1-11:21 / Acts 24:1-27 / Psalm 80:8-19
Our generation often underestimates the difficulties and dysfunctions of generations before us. We believe that times are getting worse not better, families are being attacked like never before and evil has a stronger hold on our culture. God’s Word says that the last days will wax worse yet Jesus compares them to the days of Noah… days of long ago.
Evil became a presence in this world because of man’s sin in the Garden of Eden. It wasn’t long until selfishness, pride and hatred gained a foothold and was manifest when Cain killed Abel. We read of sexual perversion, revenge, deceit, and rebellion against God. Some Bible stories read like our modern day soap operas!
One such story is found here in 2 Kings 11. Ahaziah, the king of Judah, had been slain and his mother Athaliah did the unthinkable. She began to systematically destroy the whole royal family…her own grandchildren and relatives! Joash, a child of Ahaziah, was just a baby when Athaliah began her murdering spree. Joash was taken by Azaaiah’s sister, Jehosheba, and secretly hidden for six years.
When Joash was seven years old, Jehoiada the priest, took him, placed the king’s crown on him, anointed him and proclaimed him king. The people were ecstatic and the entire kingdom supported the new young king. Athaliah shouted treason yet she herself was the only one guilty of such a crime. She was captured and slain.
The temple of Baal was destroyed along with the idols and altars. Baal priests were slain and the nation was turned back to the worship of God. “Dysfunctional family” is a perfect description of this royal family. An evil and murderous grandmother, a fatherless home, the hiding of an innocent child and greatness placed upon him when only seven years old.
God isn’t limited or handcuffed by dysfunctional families – Miracles and great heroes arise from dysfunction. Joseph was sold into slavery but God used it for his good. Moses struggled with his identity and purpose but was chosen to bring great deliverance to Israel. Esther was born “for a time such as this” – finding favor with the king and sparing the Israelite’s annihilation.
Joash becomes a great leader, following the ways of The Lord and God’s favor rested upon him and the nation. So whatever dysfunction we face, remember…God’s specializes in perfecting the imperfect, loving the unloved and using the least!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!