But in the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of the Carites and of the guards, and had them come to him in the house of the Lord. And he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of the Lord, and he showed them the king’s son. And he commanded them, “This is the thing that you shall do: one third of you, those who come off duty on the Sabbath and guard the king’s house (another third being at the gate Sur and a third at the gate behind the guards) shall guard the palace. And the two divisions of you, which come on duty in force on the Sabbath and guard the house of the Lord on behalf of the king, shall surround the king, each with his weapons in his hand. And whoever approaches the ranks is to be put to death. Be with the king when he goes out and when he comes in.”
The captains did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and they each brought his men who were to go off duty on the Sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the Sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. And the priest gave to the captains the spears and shields that had been King David’s, which were in the house of the Lord. And the guards stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around the altar and the house on behalf of the king. Then he brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony. And they proclaimed him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!”
When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she went into the house of the Lord to the people. And when she looked, there was the king standing by the pillar, according to the custom, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets. And Athaliah tore her clothes and cried, “Treason! Treason!” Then Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains who were set over the army, “Bring her out between the ranks, and put to death with the sword anyone who follows her.” For the priest said, “Let her not be put to death in the house of the Lord.” So they laid hands on her; and she went through the horses’ entrance to the king’s house, and there she was put to death. II Kings 11:4-16 ESV
[The Father] has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14 ESV
There’s an old story about a king of Denmark who died, and while dying entrusted his children to Earl Godard. Godard was a wicked man who killed the king’s two daughters and ordered a fisherman named Grim to drown the king’s son, Havelock. But Grim realized that Havelock was the rightful king of Denmark and fled the country with his family and the young prince. When Havelock grew up he married Goldborou. She was the princess of England, but when her father the king had died, an earl named Goodrich had seized the kingdom that belonged to her. After some battles Goldborou and Havelock became the Queen and King of England, and they ruled together for 60 years. Havelock gave his Kingdom of Denmark to an earl who had helped him in his struggles.
Havelock and Goldborou both had their kingdoms stolen from them, but in the end they were able to become king and queen. The same thing happened to Joash. He was the true king of Judah, but his grandmother Athaliah had stolen his kingdom and even put to death her sons and other grandsons. But the time came when Joash had his kingdom restored to him. The priest Jehoiada waited until he was seven years old, then he got all the captains and guards together and planned to overthrow Athaliah. Everything went as Jehoiada planned. Joash was crowned and anointed in the temple while all the captains applauded and shouted, “Long live the king!” Then they seized Athaliah and put her to death.
God is the King of everything, but we turned against him and became a part of the kingdom of darkness. The devil stole us from our rightful king when our first parents fell into sin. But God sent his Son Jesus, our true king, to overthrow the devil and to bring us back to his heavenly kingdom. Jesus defeated death and the devil when he died on the cross and rose again from the dead. Because of Jesus, we have been brought back to God, and we will live in his heavenly kingdom forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to bring us into your heavenly kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.