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 Review
- Who was Athaliah’s husband?
- How many years did Athaliah reign as Queen?
- Who succeeded Athaliah on the throne of Judah?
Thoughts to Ponder
- How does the Bible let us know the influence a parent had on a child?
- How did the people feel about Athaliah as queen?
- What might have happened if Jehoshaba had not rescued and hid Joash?
- Have you ever trampled over other people in an affect to achieve success?
- Have you ever compromised your values to get what you wanted?
- Are you in any way like Athaliah?
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