BE IN THE WORD (this week’s verses):
“But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed.” (2 Kings 11:2)
“But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes who were about to be murdered and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Because Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of the priest Jehoiada, was Ahaziah’s sister, she hid the child from Athaliah so she could not kill him.” (2 Chronicles 22:11)
BE EDUCATED (additional resources):
- Athalia & Jehosheba. Overview description of the two leading ladies in the story of Joash.
- Athaliah & Jehosheba: Rebellion & Redemption in the Old Testament. A great overview of the story, with an emphasis on how God demonstrates equality of women and how women are used to demonstrate redemption in the Bible.
- Jehosheba: The Woman Who Saved One Baby. An easy to read breakdown of some of Jehosheba’s background and character.
BE DOERS, NOT JUST HEARERS (practical application):
- Be a safe space. We most likely won’t be in a position to save someone from murder, but we can be a people who provide a safe space for others who need it. This could mean opening your home, it could mean giving sound, godly counsel to someone in need, or it could mean giving someone your shoulder to cry on.
- What excuses are you making? Do you keep telling God you’re too old to take a step of faith in action? Do you keep telling him women can’t do what He’s telling you to do? Do you keep reminding him your upbringing was so bad that you couldn’t possibly do the right thing now? Determine right now, today, to stop making excuses and tell the Lord you are ready to be a daring, clever and courageous woman no matter what He asks you to do.
- Where do you need a reminder that God will always win? Pray for either a spirit of Jehosheba or for a person to be a Jehosheba for that situation.
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