Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family of the house of Judah. But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were about to be put to death, and she put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Thus Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of Jehoiada the priest, because she was a sister of Ahaziah, hid him from Athaliah, so that she did not put him to death. And he remained with them six years, hidden in the house of God, while Athaliah reigned over the land.
2 Chronicles 22:10-12
It’s almost a story from a fairy tale. An evil king named Jehoram has two daughters, as well as many sons. One daughter is named Athaliah (God will compress) and the other Jehoshabeath (Jehovah-sworn). Eventually, King Jehoram dies of a disgusting bowel disease, and all of his sons are killed. (Longer version of the story here.) Athaliah kills off every last male in her family so that she can be queen—every last male except for a little baby named Joash. Jehoshabeath hides the baby in a bedroom in the temple, because she just happens to be married to the priest, and somehow keeps him hidden for six years! After those years… you’ll have to read the next chapter to find out what happens next!
Two sisters—two entirely different lives. One lives to destroy lives and exalt herself, the other lives to save lives even though her act of faith has been mostly forgotten. If I made an amendment to the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 I would add Jehoshabeath. “By faith Jehoshabeath, knowing that she herself might be killed by her own sister, hid Joash in the temple, believing that God had a special plan for his life.”
What have you done, by faith? Do you live to enhance lives, even though you may be forgotten someday? Living a life with the purpose to bless others is the only way to live for Christ alone!
Timmy Baze 😀