The smallest revenge will poison the soul – Jewish proverb.
Revenge is like a virus waiting to be unleashed. When you seek her…the outcome is never what you hoped for. Even though the taste of revenge may be sweet for a second or two, the everlasting effects are purely bitter.
No matter our place in life, revenge is trying to be a part of it. Everyday someone does something to us and let’s be honest, our natural tendency is to repay evil with evil. It is apart of who we are.
Athaliah had it bad.
The act: Athaliah went on a murdering streak after the death of her son, killing everyone in her family so she could have the throne for herself.
The outcome: She lost her life.
Athaliah single handily attempted to destroy the entire line of David and was almost successful. Jehoiada, the hero of today’s reading, protected the future King Joash. Jehoiada led the nation well and equipped Joash with everything he needed to be a GODLY and SUCCESSFUL King. Even though Joash had an amazing mentor he eventually decided to figure things out on his own.
It was the beginning of the end…we have seen this play out over and over again in our chronological journey.
Even though Joash reigned 40 years he slowly begin to lead on his own. After Jehoiada died, who by the way was buried along side kings, take notice of that, Joash decided to allow idolatry to creep back in. Zechariah, like his father (Jehoiada), was dedicated to God and His ways. He called Joash out on his bad decision making. Joash on the other hand wasn’t having it.
The act: Joash turned to ungodly wisdom and supported the conspiracy of murdering Zechariah for calling him out.
The outcome: You’ll see tomorrow. But I’m pretty sure you know what’s coming. A little hint: Take notice of all the details…
Bottom line: There is a better way…
…never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
So when someone says something about us today…THERE IS A BETTER WAY.
When you’re driving to work and road-rage kicks in…THERE IS A BETTER WAY.
Whatever happens today…THERE IS A BETTER WAY.