Today we look at Maachah, which, surprisingly, there are seven Maachah’s in the Bible. But we’re going to focus in on the granddaughter of Absolom and the wife of King Rehoboam.
We first meet her in 1 Kings 15, but I want to look first at 2 Chronicles 11:20-22. In verse 20 we’re told that Rohaboam married her and she bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith. Then we learn that Rohaboam loved her more than any of his other wives and concubines, which is pretty impressive, considering he had 18 wives and 60 concubines. He fathered 28 sons and 60 daughters, but he appointed Maacha’s son Abijah as crown prince to succeed him as king.
We learn in 1 Kings 15 that Abijah did in fact succeed his father as king. Verse 2 makes a point to say that he reigned for three years, his mother was Maachah, and “he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God.”
Whenever we see a parent’s name followed by a description of their child’s spiritual life, we can assume that God is letting us know that the child was influenced by that parent. In this case, it appears that both King Rohaboam and Maachah influenced their son away from God rather than leading him to God.
That’s all we know about Maachah, but it’s interesting that even though her husband loved her more than any of his other wives, it would appear that he loved her for her beauty or charm and not her character.
We can get so caught up in our appearance and being attractive to those around us that we forget that beauty is fleeting, but character lingers. As wives and mothers, it’s so important that we influence our families for good and not evil.
Lord God, be with us today that we might be a positive influence towards You. Give us the strength to do the right things. Forgive us those times we get sidetracked and focus on superficial things that don’t matter. Make it obvious to us what it is that You would have us to do. Thank You for loving us. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.