The name ‘Jehoiada’ may not be among the top names you know from the Bible. It is possible you are not familiar with him. But he was a key person in the history of the kingdom of Judah.
When King Ahaziah was killed by Jehu (who became king of Israel), his mother Athaliah usurped the throne of Judah for herself. We read this about the situation in Judah after Ahaziah’s death: “So there was no-one in the house of Ahaziah powerful enough to retain the kingdom” (2 Chronicles 22:9 NIV).
Athaliah made a grab for power. Athaliah was the daughter of King Ahab and his wife Jezebel (2 Chronicles 21:6). She first killed all of Ahaziah’s children, her grandchildren, so there would be no one left with a claim to the throne. Although she thought she was successful, she missed one. Continue reading “A legacy worth remembering”