Read: 2 Chronicles 22 – 23
What a wild story! Can you imagine the chaos that must have been going on when King Ahaziah died? Everyone was grabbing for power, and for the throne. Then Queen Athaliah turned on her own family. Mad for power, she sought to kill her own grandson. Now that’s one wicked granny. And you thought your family had problems.
When I read this story, I think about a few things:
1. The Bible has some amazing stories. It talks about situations that are wilder than fairy tales, I mean like soap opera stuff. The Word of God is a wild, beautiful and trustworthy account of the nation of Israel, and God’s unique relationship with a sometimes troubled/troubling family.
2. God used ordinary women to do extraordinary things. He was able to save those He loved with the help of Jochebed (Moses’ mother), Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Mary. The House of Jacob was manned by strong, courageous and obedient women. They brought honor and beauty to the nation of Israel. So when Athaliah massacred her family to have the throne, Jehosheba hid her youngest grandson (Joash) and hid him in the Temple of God for 6 years.
3. The Levites were God’s vessels, and we are called to be the same. Do you realize that if Jehoiada and Jehosheba had shrunk away from their responsibility to God their nation would have lost God’s promise to the line of David? His bloodline would have been cut off, and we wouldn’t be Christians? That’s right, Jesus never would have been born. Satan is constantly trying to undermine God, in any way he can think of. So we must always be looking for ways to stand up for God, and what God wants.
4. Which reminds me that I should always be a woman like Jehosheba. That’s the kind of woman that God wants me to be; even when women like Athaliah are trying to run the show. We are called to humility, mercy, faithfulness and kindness. Never, backbiting, hatred, and unkindness. I know what you’re thinking…who wants to be in the background, when you could be QUEEN! Just remember what happened to Athaliah at the end of the story. Yea, there is always a price to pay for being mean.
5. It’s okay if you’re afraid to do the right thing. Do it anyway. It took almost seven years for Jehoiada the priest to act, but he got rid of that bully of a queen, and made sure that Joash was restored to his rightful place. Honestly, the wisdom and courage that he showed comes from only one place – God, Almighty. So whenever you have a decision to make, ask God to show you what He wants you to do. Then feel free to ask if there is anyone He wants to help you. God is faithful, and even more so to those who are faithful to Him. He will always give you everything that you need to do what He has asked you to.