Jehosheba


Jehosheba. What an extraordinary act was done by this Bible woman. Even though only three verses in the Bible are attributed to her, her actions saved the kingdom!



When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered; and they hid him and his nurse in the bedroom, from Athaliah, so that he was not killed. So he was hidden with her in the house of the Lord for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

2 Kings 11:1-3, NKJV


Jehosheba. What an extraordinary act was done by this Bible woman. Even though only three verses in the Bible are attributed to her, her actions saved the kingdom!


Jehosheba - Background


Once again, in reading these verses, we are reminded that we are not to despise the day of small things. God's purposes are so unknown to us, but we see again and again that He used relatively unknown people to accomplish extraordinary things. Let us never believe that we are too small, too normal, or too unknown to accomplish great things for God!


As we look at these verses, let's review the people mentioned in these verses and their relationship to one another.


The first person mentioned is Athaliah. Ahthaliah was the wife of King Joram [also called Jehoram], king of Judah, and the queen mother to Ahaziah. We actually get a few more details from 2 Kings 8.


16 Now in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoshaphat having been king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat began to reign as king of Judah. 17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife; and he did evil in the sight of the Lord. 19 Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah, for the sake of His servant David, as He promised him to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.

2 Kings 8:16-19, NKJV


We discover that Athaliah is the daughter of Ahab, King of Israel. During this time the relationship between the two kingdoms (Israel and Judah) was friendly. Unfortunately, however, because we find the King of Judah marrying the daughter of the King of Israel, many of the people of Judah were encouraged to worship Baal rather than God.


The son of Athaliah, Ahaziah, became the next king of Judah when his father died. King Ahaziah, hearing that Joram, king of Israel was sick, went to visit him. His timing could not have been worse. While he was there, Jehu organized a coup against Joram, king of Israel. In the resulting battle, King Ahaziah was killed along with King Joram. (All of this is recorded in 2 Kings 9.)


This brings us to the verses shown above. 


Jehosheba - Rises to Action

Continuing in our narrative, we find that Athaliah, the queen mother, upon hearing that her son, Ahaziah, was dead, arose and destroyed all the royal family. In other words, Athaliah sought to kill all of the royal heirs (these were her grandchildren) so that she might reign as queen of Judah.


Jehosheba, the sister of King Ahaziah, rose to action and saved Joash, from being murdered.


But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered; and they hid him and his nurse in the bedroom, from Athaliah, so that he was not killed. So he was hidden with her in the house of the Lord for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

2 Kings 11:2-3, NKJV


Jehosheba, at the risk of her own life, grabbed Joash, just a baby, and hid him and his nurse away in the house of the Lord for six years. As the narrative continues in  2 Kings, we discover that Joash became king when he was seven years old.


Jehosheba - Purpose of God

Why does all of this matter? Why are these verses included in the Bible? What is the purpose of God in revealing this story about Jehosheba saving the life of Josh?


The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

Genesis 49:10, NKJV


In the very first book of the Bible, we are told that the scepter shall not depart from Judah. . . until Shiloh comes. What does that mean? This is a prophecy telling us that Christ (Shiloh) will come from the tribe of Judah.


In our narrative above, we see that the line of Judah was in jeopardy when Athaliah tried to kill all of the descendants of king Ahaziah. But God already had a plan in place to preserve the line of Judah. Through the great courage and bravery of Jehosheba, Joash, the son of Ahaziah, was saved from a brutal death. 


Joash then, when he was seven years old, became the next king of Judah.



Jehosheba - Conclusions


What an amazing God we serve. Satan continually tried to have the line of Judah destroyed so that the prophecy in Genesis 49 could not be fulfilled. Satan knew that Christ, the Messiah, would destroy him. Yet his attempts were always thwarted by God. Even the death of Christ was a triumph for all of us. Satan thought he had succeeded when Christ was crucified.


However, Christ, in His crucifixion and resurrection, paid the debt of our sins. He opened the way for us to come to God!


Jehosheba did not know that her actions were so important in preserving the line of Christ. She saw what was happening and took immediate action to save at least one son.


What about us today? Does God work in our lives in such a dramatic way? Actually, yes He does. God not only saves us, but He gives us a purpose for this life. As He opens and closes doors in our lives, He is molding us and using us to advance His kingdom and bring glory to Him, and to bring us closer to Christ. 


man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9, NKJV


Go today, then, and walk in the way of the Lord. If you do not know this Lord personally, then call out to God to save you. He will save you now!


God Bless You,

Linda



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