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That Womanly Influence

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Ahaziah was forty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly. Therefore he did evil in the sight of the Lord, like the house of Ahab; for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction. He also followed their advice, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.” 2 Chronicles 22:2-5

My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.” Proverbs 6:20[1]


The privilege of having a loving and wise mother is an inestimable blessing to one’s early life. When godliness is added to this list of virtues, she is truly a favorable influence on her family. As Proverbs 31:28 affirms: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.” But in King Ahaziah’s case, his mother was jealous rather than loving, and wicked instead of wise. Under the Queen-mother Athaliah’s malign tutelage, this king continued in the footsteps of his wicked father and his dissipated maternal grandfather and great-grandfather, the vile tyrants Ahab and Omri. Many in this world enter life with similarly bad parents. Is there no hope for them? Thankfully, God’s Word shows that even without good natural parents, people may learn righteous maternal wisdom in the Scriptures (Prov. 6:20), and find the Lord to be “a Father of the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5.)

A Woman Scorned

Athaliah was a poor example and an even worse teacher for her son. Her wicked instruction directly lead to his untimely death with his apostate cousins, slain by Jehu as a judgment from God (2 Chron. 22:5-9.) In Ahaziah’s career one sees the principle that was earlier enunciated by Abijah: “O children of Israel, do not fight against the Lord God of your fathers, for you shall not prosper!” (2 Chron. 13:12.) Another verse notes: “Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard” (Prov. 13:15.) In the aftermath, his mother vented her wrath on the remainder of the royal seed (2 Chron. 22:10.) Nevertheless, in God’s providence, a godly woman named Jehoshabeath and her faithful husband Jehoiada the priest intervened to save one heir: Joash, who eventually reigned on Judah’s throne, thereby safeguarding the Davidic covenant of 2 Samuel 7.

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child . . .


How different from this sad tale was the experience of Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and others whose God-fearing mothers taught them the divine promises. Later children in the Old Testament era could join with Timothy in saying: “and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15.) But what if some did not enjoy this favored home-life? The Bible offers surrogate maternal guidance in the form of biblical teaching. For example, Proverbs regularly personifies wisdom in feminine form (e.g. Prov. 1:20-33.) Dear reader, you may not have had godly parents, but the Lord offers you parental guidance in His Word. In fact, if you obey their teaching they will lead you to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal salvation (John 1:12-13.) His Spirit will live within you and lead you as you prayerfully read the Bible (1 Cor. 2:7-16.) God will lead you into an increasing knowledge of the truth, mentally and experientially, and you will find Him to be a faithful Father who always blesses His children. ________________________________________________________________________


[1] Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture citations are from the Holy Bible, New King James Version. The boldface is mine for emphasis.

[2] Edouard Manet, “Berthe Morisot With A Bouquet Of Violets.” Image in the public domain, labelled for non-commercial reuse with modification; accessed on 12/19/17 here:

[3] Camille Corot, “A Woman Reading.” Image in the public domain, labelled for non-commercial reuse with modification; accessed on 12/19/17 here:

“Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven!” – A Retropost by C.H. Mackintosh

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

“The present is a moment of deep solemnity. The arch-enemy is putting forth every effort to sap the very foundations of Christianity. In all directions the divine authority and all-sufficiency of Holy Scripture is being called in question. Rationalism is gaining ground to a fearful extent at our seats of learning and polluting the fountains where the streams of religious thought and feeling are spreading over the land. Truth is discounted even among those who ought to be its guardians. We may now-a-days behold the strange sight of professing Christian teachers taking part at meetings where professed infidels preside. Sorrowfully, men who are professed infidels themselves may become pastors and teachers in that which calls itself the Church of God.

In the face of all this, how precious, how weighty is our motto, ‘Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven!’ Nothing can touch this. It is above and beyond the reach of all the powers of earth and hell, men and demons. ‘The Word of our God shall stand forever.’ The Lord be praised for the sweet and solid consolation of this!

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But let us remember the counterpart: ‘Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.’ Here lies the great moral safeguard for the soul in this dark and evil day. To have God’s Word hidden in the heart is the divine secret of being preserved from all the snares of the enemy and from all the evil influences which are at work around us. Satan and his agents can do absolutely nothing with a soul that reverently clings to Scripture. The man who has learned in the school of Christ, the force and meaning of that one commanding sentence, ‘It is written,’ is safe against all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

. . . [T]he one grand point for the people of God at all times is obedience. It is not a question of power or of gift or of external show or of numbers; it is simply a question of obedience. ‘To obey is better than sacrifice.’ To obey what? The Church? No! The Church is a hopeless ruin and cannot therefore be an authority. Obey what? The Word of the Lord! What a rest for the heart! What authority for the path! What stability for the whole practical career! There is nothing like it. It tranquilizes the spirit in a wonderful manner and imparts a holy consistency to the character. It is a divine answer to those who talk of power, boast of numbers, point to external show and profess reverence for antiquity. Moreover, it is the divine antidote for the spirit of independence, so common at the present day, and for the haughty uprisings of the human will and the bold assertion of man’s rights. The human mind is tossed like a ball from superstition to infidelity and can find no rest. It is like a ship without compass, rudder or anchor, driven here and there.”

C.H. Mackintosh, “A Motto For The Year 1872,” in Short Papers, Vol. 2. (Sunbury, PA: Believer’s Bookshelf, 1975), 159-160. [Italics original.]

Guest Post by R.P. Amos

Saturday, April 18th, 2015


“He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”


Old Testament – He’s coming                           Isa. 9:6 / Dan. 7:13-14 / 9:25

Gospels –              He comes                                Matt. 1:18-23 / 27:50

Acts –                    He saves                                  Acts 1:3 / 16:31

Epistles –             He leads                                  Eph. 1:20-22

Revelation –        He reigns                                 Rev. 11:15


Old Testament – He’s portrayed in picture types           Ex. 12 / Passover lamb, etc.

Gospels –             He comes in visible humanity              John 1:14

Acts –                   He comes in invisible Spirit                 Acts 2:32, 33

Epistles –             He’s interpreted in written words        1 Cor. 14:37 / Eph. 3:1-7

Revelation –       He comes in glory of world empire     Rev. 19:11-16


Old Testament – He’s promised to Israel                       Micah 5:2

Gospels –            He’s presented to Israel                      Matt. 21:5-9

Acts –                 He’s proclaimed to the world              Acts 1:8

Epistles –           He’s possessed by the church             1Cor. 3:16 / Gal. 4:6

Revelation –      He’s preeminent in the universe          Rev. 5:12-14


Old Testament –  The foretelling of His sufferings                     Isa. 53

Gospels –               The fulfillment of His sufferings                     Luke 24:44-46

Acts –                    The forth-telling of His sufferings                  Acts 17:1-3

Epistles –             The fruit and fellowship of His sufferings      1Pet. 3:18 / Php. 3:10

Revelation –         The fame of His sufferings                             Rev. 5:11-14


Old Testament – A lamb for a person, family and nation            Gen 4 / Ex. 12 / 1 Sam 7:9

Gospels –            A lamb for the world                                       John 1:29

Acts –                   A lamb for whosoever                                     Acts 2:21 / 8:32-38

Epistles –            A lamb for all history                                      1 Pet. 1:19, 20

Revelation –      A lamb forever                                     Rev. 22:3-5


Old Testament – Creates and Prophesies  Gen. 1:1 / Jn. 1:3 / Hos. 12:10 / Heb. 1:1

Gospels –           Dies and rises                          Matt. 27-28

Acts –                  Forgives and justifies              Acts 13:38, 39

Epistles –           Sanctifies and edifies               Eph. 4:11-12 / 5:26

Revelation –     Punishes and glorifies             Rev. 19:15 / 21:23


Old Testament

           Prophet / man is dark and needs guidance   Deut. 18:15 / Col. 1:13

          Priest / man is dirty and needs guilt removed   Ex. 30:30 / Heb. 9:14

          King / man is defiant and needs ruled    1Ki. 1:34 / Luke 19:14

Gospels –  He’s Prophet on earth to Israel         Jn 4:44, 6:14 /Acts 3:22

Acts –         He’s Prophet via Spirit to the nations    Acts 2:18, 33 / 9:15-17

Epistles –  He’s Priest in heaven for the church  Heb. 4:14

Revelation – He’s King of the world                      Rev. 11:15 / 19:15-16