As we are coming out of Easter this passage is actually very fitting. We have been very focused on the resurrection of Christ, and how everything in our faith hinges on the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. When we think of this we have to remember that Jesus came from the line of David. This lineage was kept itact through a lot of trying circumstances.
Leading up to this passage there was a question of whether David’s line was still intact. After so much destruction in the house of Ahab, and through so much intermarriage over time it was understandable that this was a question. However, God is faithful and as we know from scripture and from what we celebrated over Easter, the line of David was intact and Jesus came through it.
This chapter is a moment of provision from God. It is a scene where we see the throne taken back. Athaliah was a ruthless ruler, who wreaked havoc on the royal family. But Jehosheba hides young Joash. Without this faithful act the line may have been broken.
The culmination of this comes when Athaliah runs in to find that they have proclaimed a king. She is taken and all who followed her were put to death. This seems harsh, but the reality is that it shows how far God will go to keep His will in place. For that I am thankful.
If it weren’t for God ordaining things perfectly to fulfill His will through history, we would not have Jesus; we would not have salvation. We can often look at books in the Old Testament and wonder why we should read them or why they are important: it is important because it shows the faithfulness of our God.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate