Don’t advise anyone to do wrong.- Our words can be the tool of change in people’s life. Use it to produce good fruits.
Historical Commentary.– Ahaziah reigned only one year and during that time, under the influence of his mother Athaliah, who “counseled him to act wickedly,” “ followed the ways of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the Lord “… His grandmother, Jezebel, was still alive, and he allied himself boldly with Jehoram of Israel, his uncle. Ahaziah of Judah soon came to a tragic end. The surviving members of the house of Ahab were who “after the death of his father,” who “advised him into his destruction” … Then Jehu was proclaimed king by the army, he immediately went to Jezreel where he began his work of executing those who had deliberately chosen to sin against God. Among those that were killed was, Joram of Israel, Ahaziah of Judah and the mother queen, Jezebel, and all the remainder of the house of Ahab in Jezreel. PR 159, 160.
- Paternal influence towards evil.– “his mother encouraged him to act wickedly.” (verse 3). DEAR PARENTS, the influence we have on our children is crucial in their decision making. share with them messages that are covered with the Scriptures and filled with the love of God. Never give them advice towards doing wrong, seeking revenge, or hold hatred against others, more than anything guide them to always do the right and follow God.
- The Influence of friends towards evil.– “After the death of his father, they advised him to his downfall “(Ver. 4). Advises that should never be given include: To get away from God, break a family because of trivial matters, to sin, practice vices of any kind. Let us always be a good influence for those around us.
Eternal God, we ask you to restrain our tongue when we are to give advice that could ruin somebody’s live. Please allow us to be agents of peace and give wise counsel for the restoration of lives and reconciliation. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.