How far would you go to get your way? What if your children or grandchildren were keeping you from achieving your dream? Would you be willing to murder them?

I hope not. I usually try to find some connection to each of the women we study, but I’m having a hard time with today’s woman. Remember back when we talked about Jezebel and we thought she was bad? Well, she’s nothing compared to her daughter Athaliah. Ladies, that Athaliah, was one evil woman.

Athaliah reigned as queen of Judah for six years. She was the only woman to rule as queen of Judah. She was a daughter of a king, wife of a king, and mother of a king. In each of her roles, she was instrumental in promoting Bael worship and striving to eliminate any seed in the line of David. She was a woman obsessed with power, willing to murder anyone who got in her way.

I usually try to give us a takeaway and show how we have something in common with the women we study, but I really hope there’s no one listening who can relate to Athaliah. 

I’m sure, though, there are some women who have your eyes on a goal and are fixated on reaching that goal. Perhaps, like Athaliah, you feel handicapped by being a woman in a man’s world, so you think you have to be more aggressive and do whatever you have to do, trampling over everyone else, to reach your goal. Oh, ladies, there’s nothing wrong with chasing dreams, but please consider the cost. Is it worth it to gain the prize if you lose your loved ones in the process? You may not actually murder, but you can still do damage by the way you treat others. 

We’re all leaving a legacy of some kind. Good or bad, no matter who we are, we are impacting others around us. Oh that we might leave a positive influence and not be used as an example of what not to be.

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Bible Study

Scripture Background

2 Kings 8, 11
2 Chronicles 21, 22, 24

Bible Study Review

  1. Who was Athaliah’s husband?
  2. How many years did Athaliah reign as Queen?
  3. Who succeeded Athaliah on the throne of Judah?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. How does the Bible let us know the influence a parent had on a child?
  2. How did the people feel about Athaliah as queen?
  3. What might have happened if Jehoshaba had not rescued and hid Joash?

Personal Reflection

  1. Have you ever trampled over other people in an affect to achieve success?
  2. Have you ever compromised your values to get what you wanted?
  3. Are you in any way like Athaliah?

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

1 comment

  1. Dear Sharon, I hope you and your husband are well in this time. It is great to see you continuing your creative work. I look forward to reading. All the best. God bless you, Nan

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