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Wicked Queens and a Faithful God
Dr. Randy White

"Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring of the house of Judah. But Jehoshabeath the king’s daughter took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah so that she would not put him to death. He was hidden with them in the house of God six years while Athaliah reigned over the land." (2 Chronicles 22:10-12, NASB95)

2 Chronicles 22 reads like a soap-opera!  King Jehoram of Judah married Princess Athaliah of Israel.  Jehoram was in the promised line of David.  Athaliah was the daughter of the wicked couple, Ahab and Jezebel.    Jehoram and Athaliah had a son named Ahaziah, who became King in his turn.  When Ahaziah died the Queen Mother, Athaliah, became the Queen and ruled over Judah.  During this time, there was not a member of the line of David on the throne of Israel.

Athaliah labored to carry out the desire of Satan by putting to death all of her grandchildren who would have been heir to the throne.  So much for the sweet grandmother theory! 

God had promised that the line of David would continue until the Messiah came.  This promise brought satanic persecution on the line of David (just as the promises toward the Jews have brought Satanic persecution upon them).  If Satan could annihilate the line of David, he could make the fulfillment of God’s promises an impossibility.

In the shadows, however, God was at work.  Using a sister and a priest, the youngest of the line of David, Joash, was hidden away in the temple for six years.  In the seventh year, the Priest Jehoiada declared that “the king’s son shall reign, as the lord has spoken concerning the sons of David” (2 Chronicles 23:3).  The priest plotted a revolt, the Levites joined him, and they crowned Joash King.  When the Queen heard the noise of the crowds, Athaliah shouted “Treason!  Treason!”  If ever there was a pot calling the kettle black, this was it!  The people saw through the pretence and had Athaliah put to death.

Today, Israel is also in a time when the Son of David is not ruling on the throne.  Yet, that Son is awaiting the moment when He shall be crowned King, and then, “He shall rule over the house of David forever!”

In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White

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