As 2 Kings 11 starts off it was hard for me to determine the connection to chapter 10. When the commentary went through a little genealogy, it became clear. The first character mentioned is Athaliah. It says in verse one that she is the mother of the recently deposed King of Judah, Ahaziah. She ruthlessly wanted the throne for herself and set about killing every descendent of Ahaziah who could be named the next king. Basically, that means she set about killing all of her grandsons and nephews.
To make a long story short, one of Ahaziah’s sisters was a devout follower of Jehovah, so she took and hid the youngest of Ahaziah’s sons, an infant. The child was kept hidden for 6 years, until a faithful priest, Jehoiada, presented him, Joash, to the congregation of Jehovah followers. Jehoiada presented the seven-year-old Joash in the Temple, wrapping him in a royal cloak, putting the crown on his head, and giving him a scroll of the Torah. While we may think the Torah scroll was a nice touch, it was very significant.
In Deuteronomy 17:18-20, in the NLT, we are told of the significance.
“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.”
What would our world look like if all national leaders were required to read and write out all the words of the Bible? I’m sure some would still choose to interpret it in ways to satisfy their own pride and their attitudes of self-promotion, but God could work wonders also. (Isaiah 55:11: “so is my word that goes out from my mouth —it will not return to me unfulfilled; but it will accomplish what I intend, and cause to succeed what I sent it to do.”)
I pray that our governmental leaders, as well as those around the world, would earnestly read and obey God’s commands. I can do my best to support leaders who actually read and adhere to God’s Word (and not just hold it up as a symbol), but I cannot really know or control whether or not they are searching the Scriptures and trying to live their lives by it. I could get discouraged and confused.
Instead, I can control what I do with the Word of God. I can follow the instructions in Deuteronomy 17, and copy and read and study the only source of truth every day. So, while I pray for truly godly leadership, I can prepare for any opportunities God may give me for leadership.