Shallum’s account in 2Kings was about as brief as his time on the throne – he reigned over the Northern Kingdom of Israel for one quick month. With the aid of unidentified conspirators, Shallum moved against the previous king, Zechariah, whose tenure was no more impressive than Shallum’s. Zechariah lasted only 6months as Israel’s king.
The fact that Shallum assassinated Zechariah was not surprising. Zechariah was, after all, 1 of 4 Israelite kings to be murdered in a 20year period. What was particularly brazen about Zechariah’s assassination was the setting. According to the writer of 2Kings, Shallum killed him “in front of the people”. Shallum did not seize a moment behind closed doors or in some dark room or alley – he chose to commit murder in full view of many other Israelites. Maybe he thought such a bold display of violence would cause them to cower in submission; seeing what Shallum did to Zechariah, no one would interfere with Israel’s next king.
Unfortunately, the public assassination seems to have had the opposite effect, putting a large target on Shallum’s back. Only weeks into his reign, Shallum himself was betrayed. Menahem, a military commander loyal to Zechariah, exacted his revenge, killing Shallum in Samaria.
Some sins are more public than others. Some sins are more brazen than others. Some sins do more damage and have farther-reaching effects than other sins.
But, all sins have consequences… and all sins are wrong.
Sin is rebellion against God and His ways and will for each of our lives.
And Jesus died on a cross to pay the price for each and every sin… public or private.
Have you trusted in His payment for your salvation yet?
You can read Shallum’s short story in 2Kings 15:13-15.