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God Save the King
I really enjoyed Alicia's blog post about using her “sanctified imagination” in the story of Jonathan and his armor-bearer. At the end, she asked, “What little-known person in the Bible do you wonder about?” and my immediate response was Jehosheba. With a name that's a little hard to say, Jehosheba might not be that memorable, but her bravery and what it resulted in easily explain why her story was included in the Bible.
2 Kings 11:1-12:21 and 2 Chronicles 22:10-24:27 give the record of Athaliah the evil queen, Jehosheba the princess, Joash the king's son, and Jehoiada the priest. In those days God's people were divided into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. Athaliah was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, the wicked rulers of Israel. As an apple (and a rotten one at that), she did not fall far from the tree … she married King Jehoram of Judah and helped desecrate that land with Baal worship.
The kingdom of Judah was supposed to be the faithful remnant of God's people, and its kingship the line that led to the promised Messiah, the Son of David. But the devil had infiltrated the last bastion of the faithful.
“Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.” (2 Kings 8:19)
God saw what was going on. He would preserve the line upon which so much depended. But not before all seemed lost. Disease struck King Jehoram in his prime, and his son Ahaziah became king at age 22. Already evil, he reigned for just one year. When he was killed, he had only young children, so his mother Athaliah laid a deadly hand upon the throne of Judah:
“And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.” (2 Kings 11:1)
She planned to reign, paying no heed to God's decree that a descendant of David be king – in fact, doing all in her power to annihilate David's seed.
But she could not outwit the Lord. He raised up three people to foil her: Jehosheba, her stepdaughter, Jehoiada, Jehosheba's husband the righteous high priest, and most important of all, Joash, the one-year-old son of Ahaziah.
“But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain. And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.” (2 Kings 11:2-3)
Can you imagine the courage that filled Jehosheba? Surely it came from God, as did the stealth and cleverness with which she rescued Joash. Her heart must have pounded while she was pleading, “Don't let us be discovered!” Or perhaps her faith was strong as steel and thus didn't allow her to waver, for she knew she was doing God's will. She brought Joash to her husband Jehoiada and they protected him within the Temple – in Jerusalem, the very same city from which Athaliah reigned.
Six years later, Athaliah was overthrown and Jehoiada set seven-year-old Joash up to reign, fully supported by the nation.
“And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.” (2 Kings 12:2)
Joash even repaired the Temple, the Lord's house. Although he did not finish out his days well, he continued the line of David and most of his kingly descendants served the Lord.
What I take from this story is that no matter how dark things appear, God's plan always triumphs. I also find it encouraging that God will use anyone who is courageous enough to offer their life in His service.
What is your favorite Bible story and what does it teach you?
Kelsey Bryant is a daughter of God who strives to live and write for His glory.
She loves to write -- especially novels -- and will be publishing her first novel soon. Her parents homeschooled her and consequently, she loves to learn. Her favorite things to study are the Bible, Israel, the art of writing, classic literature, history, classical music, and martial arts. She blogs about books, writing, Israel, and the Bible at Kelsey's Notebook.
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