2 Chronicles 23: Treason against God
2 Chronicles 23 contains quite a bit of action as we see the crowning of the legitimate heir to the throne. If you recall, this was Joash who we had spoken of yesterday. He had been hidden from his great-grandmother because she would rather murder all of her descendants than see them overrun by some foreign power.
Today was the day that he was to be unveiled. Finally, he came out of hiding to climb the throne. However, he had a full armed guard surrounding him on that day to make sure that nothing out of the ordinary happened to him.
2Ch 23:11 Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.
2Ch 23:12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people into the house of the LORD:
2Ch 23:13 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.
If we look at just the three verses, we can recognize that the people were doing what God wanted them to do. They were putting someone from the line of David on the throne like it was supposed to have been. The people were happy about that and were rejoicing.
Nevertheless, Athaliah was not quite as happy about this development because it demonstrated that her plan had obviously failed. She was not able to eliminate every possible heir to the throne. Not only that, but Judah was turning back to God despite the fact that she was not a believer. She saw this as a major insult to her.
She thought that treason was the people leaving her when she should have realized that leaving God is the ultimate treason. I guess that is the crime she committed.