Line Up With God's Purposes July 11, 2004 2 Kings 11:1-3, 12, 17-20 (HCSB)

1 When Athaliah, Ahaziah's mother, saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to annihilate all the royal heirs. 2 Jehosheba, [who was] King Jehoram's daughter and Ahaziah's sister, secretly rescued Joash son of Ahaziah from the king's sons who were being killed and [put] him and his nurse in a bedroom. So he was hidden from Athaliah and was not killed. 3 Joash was in hiding with Jehosheba in the Lord's temple six years while Athaliah ruled over the land. 12 He brought out the king's son, put the crown on him, gave him the testimony, and made him king. They anointed him and clapped their hands and cried, "Long live the king!" 15 Then Jehoiada the priest ordered the commanders of hundreds in charge of the army, "Take her out between the ranks, and put anyone who follows her to death by the sword," for the priest had said, "She is not to be put to death in the Lord's temple." 16 So they arrested her, and she went out by way of the Horses' Entrance to the king's palace, where she was put to death.17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord, the king, and the people that they would be the Lord's people and [another one] between the king and the people. 18 So all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They broke its altars and images into pieces, and they killed Mattan, the priest of Baal, at the altars. Then [Jehoiada] the priest appointed guards for the Lord's temple. 19 He took [with him] the commanders of hundreds, the Carites, the guards, and all the people of the land, and they brought the king from the Lord's temple. They entered the king's palace by way of the guards' gate. Then Joash sat on the throne of the kings. 20 All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet, for they had put Athaliah to death by the sword in the king's palace.

Introduction
We can know much about the purpose of God for our lives because He has plans for us. We learn His purposes through scripture, prayer, and Spirit guidance. The lesson titled emphasizes the need to Line Up with God's Purposes. We do that through our knowledge of the scriptures, and our obedient walk with fellowship with our Lord.

1.    The Purposes of God Included . . Protection. Vs 1-3

    A.    Protection from A . .Holocaust. v 1
        1 When Athaliah, Ahaziah's mother, saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to annihilate
        all the royal heirs.

    B.    Protection from by . .Hiding. v 2
        2 Jehosheba, [who was] King Jehoram's daughter and Ahaziah's sister, secretly rescued Joash
        son of Ahaziah from the king's sons who were being killed and [put] him and his nurse in a
        bedroom. So he was hidden from Athaliah and was not killed.

    C.    Protection In the . . House of God. v 3
        3 Joash was in hiding with Jehosheba in the Lord's temple six years while Athaliah ruled over
        the land.

    People have always been greedy in their attempts to get power, and keep others from taking it away. No other woman before or since Athaliah sat upon the throne of David, and she did it for six years. But can you imagine taking the life of your grandchildren so you can remain in a position of power. Athaliah, the daughter of Jezebel, provided such a holocaust for her grandchildren as she received inspiration from Satan. He desired to thwart the plan of God for the promised Messiah. Some of God's people lined up with His purposes, by rescuing one heir to the throne, and hid him for six years. They chose the temple as the hiding place for the future king. Temple worship was almost non existent so that would be the last place a daughter of Jezebel would search. I am pleased the priest Jehoiada, led in the details of following the Lord's purposes.
 

2.    The Purposes of God Included . . Pageantry. v 12

    A.    Pageantry with the . . Throne. v 12a
        12 He brought out the king's son, put the crown on him,

    B.    Pageantry with the . . Testimony. v 12b
        "gave him the testimony, and made him king.

    C.    Pageantry with the . . Tributes. v 12c
        "They anointed him and clapped their hands and cried, "Long live the king!"

    When we look at God's creation, we know He has a flare for pageantry. He established the
Kingly line of David and He approved the pageantry of the throne. He also approved giving the king the "testimony" as it is a copy of the book of the Law. Then the tributes that came to the king, and the place of honor are approved by the Lord. When we are in line with God's purposes we will respect and honor those He puts in authority.
 

3.    The Purposes of God Included . . Punishment. Vs 15-16

    A.    The . . . Ordering of the Punishment. v 15
        15 Then Jehoiada the priest ordered the commanders of hundreds in charge of the army, "Take
        her out between the ranks, and put anyone who follows her to death by the sword," for the priest
        had said, "She is not to be put to death in the Lord's temple."

    B.    The . . Operation of the Punishment. v 16
        16 So they arrested her, and she went out by way of the Horses' Entrance to the king's palace,
        where she was put to death.

    God's purposes include punishment. He ordered it for Athaliah, as she continued rebelling
against His purposes. God operates in mysterious ways, but also in a very obvious manner. The
operation of punishment for Athaliah was carried out very well. In this day terrorist may have to
be dealt with similarly.
 

4.    The Purposes of God Included . . Privileged Performances. Vs 15-16

    A.    Privilege of . . Covenants. v 17
        17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord, the king, and the people that they would
        be the Lord's people and [another one] between the king and the people.

    B.    Privilege of . . Crushing of Baal Worship. v 18
        18 So all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They broke its altars
        and images into pieces, and they killed Mattan, the priest of Baal, at the altars. Then [Jehoiada] the
        priest appointed guards for the Lord's temple.

    C.    Privilege of . . Coronation of Temple Worship. v 19-20
        19 He took [with him] the commanders of hundreds, the Carites, the guards, and all the people of
        the land, and they brought the king from the Lord's temple. They entered the king's palace by way
        of the guards' gate. Then Joash sat on the throne of the kings. 20 All the people of the land
        rejoiced, and the city was quiet, for they had put Athaliah to death by the sword in the king's
        palace.

    Do you consider it a privilege to make a covenant with the Lord? He invites us to do that, and it
will include a lack of allegiance to other belief systems. The new king and his regime gave a crushing blow to Baal worship as they tore down his temple. To stop further abuse of God's temple; guards were carefully placed for further protection. The climax of these privileged performances came as all the people celebrated, and rejoiced, as Joash sat on the throne. Note the city was quiet when the people Lined Up with God's Purposes. Amen? Amen!