WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
JULY 17, 2020
TOPIC: LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER!
BY T. O. BANSO
“Indeed everyone who quotes proverbs will use this proverb against you: ‘Like mother, like daughter!'” (Ezekiel 16:44 New King James Version)
The story of Jezebel and Athaliah in the Bible could be described as like mother, like daughter! Just as the mother was wicked, the daughter was also wicked. They both influenced their husbands to do evil. They both loved power and shed innocent blood.
1 Kings 16:31-33 says about Ahab who married Jezebel: “And as though it were not enough to follow the example of Jeroboam, he married Jezebel, the daughter of King Ethbaal of the Sidonians, and he began to bow down in worship of Baal. First Ahab built a temple and an altar for Baal in Samaria. Then he set up an Asherah pole. He did more to provoke the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than any of the other kings of Israel before him” (New Living Translation).
Due to the evil influence of Jezebel on Ahab, Israel went deep into idolatry. What never happened before in Israel took place. During his reign, Jericho, a city cursed by Joshua sequel to its capture by Israel, was rebuilt at a price pronounced in the curse (1 Kings 16:34).
Jezebel promoted idolatry in Israel; she had 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah she supported, and whom Elijah eventually killed (1 Kings 18:19, 40; 19:1-2). She also killed the prophets of God (1 Kings 18:13). God said He would avenge the blood of His prophets and all His servants at the hand of Jezebel (2 Kings 9:7).
A blood-thirsty woman, she shed the innocent blood of Naboth, just because she wanted her husband to have Naboth’s vineyard, the family inheritance Naboth had refused to give him (1 Kings 21:1-16).
The Bible says this of Ahab and Jezebel: “But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up” (1 Kings 21:25 New King James Version). What type of a wife are you? Are you a positive influence on your husband or a negative influence?
How did Jezebel end her life? After Jehu had been anointed king, she was killed in a violent way, as spoken by Prophet Elijah. She was thrown down from a window. Dogs ate her body, leaving only her skull, her feet, and her hands (2 Kings 9:32-37).
Jezebel died, but, unfortunately, her daughter, Athaliah continued her evil work in Judah, as the wife of Jehoram (also called Joram), the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. Jehoram reigned as king only eight years.
2 Kings 8:18 says that Jehoram followed the example of the Kings of Israel and was wicked as King Ahab because he married one of Ahab’s daughters. He did evil in the sight of God. The Ahab’s daughter referred to is Athaliah.
Jehoram’s son, Ahaziah, succeeded him and reigned only one year. Athaliah took after her mother, Jezebel. She probably influenced her son, King Ahaziah, to follow the evil example of her family in Israel, as the Bible says in 2 Kings 8:27. The evil of Ahab’s family in Israel was exported to Judah! That’s what a wrong marriage relationship can cause. It’s a lesson for us today. A wrong marriage relationship can corrupt you and your family. Be careful!
Athaliah loved power as much as her mother, Jezebel, did. Her love for power and her viciousness came to the fore upon the death of her son. She seized power and unleashed terror on the land. “When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs” (2 Kings 11:1 New King James Version).
Can you believe that! She killed everybody she knew could ascend the throne and she began to rule. She was successful, but only for a season. She didn’t know that there was somebody called Joash, one of her grandsons, who had been helped to escape by his aunt and was hidden for six years.
Athaliah must have been deceived that she had successfully eliminated everyone in the royal family and she could sit comfortably on the throne for as long as she wanted. But how foolish she was!
Wicked people don’t always get away with their evil deeds here on earth. God sometimes allow them to reap the harvest of what they have sown before they die. A severe judgment also awaits them after death.
In the seventh year, there was a revolt that brought her illegal, cruel reign to an end. Joash was enthroned as king. Athaliah couldn’t believe what she heard. Nevertheless, it was too late for her. Not only was she dethroned, she died a violent death like her mother. She did not only inherit evil from her, she also inherited violent death! (2 Kings 11:13-16).
The Scripture cannot be broken; whatever a man sows that shall he reap. Athaliah’s death was good riddance to bad rubbish for the entire nation of Judah. No one mourned her death; she was as bad as her mother. The Bible says this about her death: “So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was peaceful because Athaliah had been killed at the kings palace” (2 Kings 11:20 New Living Translation).
2 Chronicles 23:21 also corroborates this statement.The entire land rejoiced over her death! What a commentary! That tells you how wicked Athaliah was. She inherited the wickedness of her mother. Like mother, like daughter! What are you communicating to your children – good character or wickedness?
2 Chronicles 24:7 describes Athaliah’s wickedness in Judah thus: “Over the years the followers of wicked Athaliah had broken into the Temple of God, and they had used all the dedicated things from the Temple of the Lord to worship the images of Baal” (New Living Translation). Wicked people influence others; they always have followers who have imbibed their wicked ways.
But God’s Word assures us that the wicked will not live forever; God will cut them short. “For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. Soon the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be gone (Psalm 37:9-10 New Living Translation). Proverbs 10:7 says, “The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot” (New King James Version).
Be a godly influence on your daughters; be a godly influence on your sons also. What are you teaching your daughters and sons? What seed are you sowing in them? Don’t teach them bad things. If you do, they’re more likely to commit worse evil deeds than you.
The Bible says concerning Jerusalem, “Indeed everyone who quotes proverbs will use this proverb against you: ‘Like mother, like daughter!'”(Ezekiel 16:44 New King James Version).
The LORD continues: “You are your mother’s daughter, loathing husband and children; and you are the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and children; your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. Your elder sister is Samaria, who dwells with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who dwells to the south of you, is Sodom and her daughters. You did not walk in their ways nor act according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you became more corrupt than they in all your ways” (verses 45-47 New King James Version).
“Like mother, like daughter” also applies to men and their relationships with their sons. There are bad fathers in the Bible, who raised bad sons. Like father, like son! How are you bringing up your children? Example is better than precept. What example are you showing your children? They will grow up to be like you, good or bad. Don’t live to do evil and inculcate it in your children. They may surpass your record!
If you’re not born again, repent of your sins today and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Whoever comes to Him, He will by no means cast out.
PRAYER POINTS: I repent of all my evil deeds today; forgive me LORD. I choose to be a slave of righteousness and become holy; help me Holy Spirit. I shall not be a bad example to my children, but a good example. My children shall do what pleases the LORD in Jesus’ name.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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