2 Kings 9-11 Proverbs 31 gives the wisdom principles for a godly woman in her home and culture. She is to be of noble character and trustworthy. However, in 2 Kings 11, we meet two women; one is the antithesis of this, and the other is the true Proverbs 31 woman. Again, we see God’s ways are not our ways [Is 55:8-9] So who are these women, and what can we learn from them?
First is “Queen” Athaliah, whose son, King Ahaziah, has died, and she opportunely seeks to usurp the crown. As a worshiper of the idol Baal, she aims to destroy the royal godly line. Our arch-enemy Satan has been seeking to accomplish this from Gen 3:15, and Athaliah is his tool of choice. There is a warning here for us. Observe and interpret the wisdom of God’s word, not the lifestyle of the “rich and famous.”
But, God has a woman of noble character waiting in the wings: Jehosheba, the sister of Ahaziah and wife of the High Priest Jehoiada. Bravely she takes the last remaining royal descendant and hides him away from “Queen” Athaliah for seven years. Truly “her value is far more than rubies” [Prov 31:10]
Principle: Satan roams about seeking whom he can kill and destroy, [1Pet 5:8] but God seeks the godly. [Jn 4:23]