Woman living at the time of Divided Monarchy

Jehosheba, also known as Jehoshabeath, was a woman of the tribe of Judah who lived during the time of the Divided Monarchy. She is first mentioned in 2 Kings 11:2. Jehosheba was the daughter of King Jehoram and Queen Athaliah, the sister of King Ahaziah, and the wife of Jehoiada the priest.

Jehosheba played a significant role in preserving the royal line of Judah. When Athaliah, her mother, sought to destroy all the royal heirs to secure her own power, Jehosheba took Joash, the infant son of Ahaziah, and hid him away in the temple with Jehoiada. This act of courage and faithfulness ensured the survival of the Davidic line and the fulfillment of God’s promise to King David.

Jehosheba’s actions demonstrate her loyalty to God and her commitment to preserving the covenant and the promise of a Messiah from the line of David. Her story is a powerful example of how God can work through individuals, even in times of great turmoil and danger, to accomplish His purposes.

In studying the life of Jehosheba, we are reminded of the importance of faithfulness, courage, and obedience to God’s commands. Her story also highlights the sovereignty of God in preserving His chosen people and fulfilling His promises through the most unlikely circumstances.

2 Kings 11:2
2 Chronicles 22:11

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