On verses 13-26: In Israel, Shallum had killed Zechariah to become king. Then a month later Menahem kills Shalum to become king. After Menahem reigns for 10 years, his son Pekahiah takes over only to be killed and succeeded 2 years later by Pekah.
What can we learn from this? Sedition — that is, rebelling against God-given authority — may seem like an easy shortcut to power. But a kingdom built on sedition will not last very long. If you try to build a kingdom on sedition, chances are good that your kingdom will also be supplanted and brought down by the seditious acts of others.
Praise God that whereas Satan’s kingdom was built on sedition, the kingdom of heaven is built not on sedition but on servanthood. The kingdom of God is not a top down organization, but a bottom up organization where the greatest leaders are also the humblest servants.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Your kingdom is not built on sedition but on servanthood. May my character, ministry, and reputation be that of someone who serves, rather than someone who rebels. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!