After another long day of work, I took a seat in a cool, quiet coffee shop with my Bible and a honey-ginger milkshake. Fellowship with the Word was very sweet. My tongue was pleased with the savory taste of honey-ginger drink and my soul was pleased with the sweetness of the Bread of Life :)
..."This is the refreshing"...
As I was meditating on the days of King Joash, a feeling welled up from the depths of my soul. A feeling of longing, with a hint of envy mixed with sorrow. A sense of definition. A pulse of clarity.
I desire the gift of prophecy. I want to speak the words of God. I want to declare His words to the people. I want to be a voice in the service of the living and Most High God.
Why such an interest in prophecy over other godly services, like those listed in Romans 12:3-8? I think one reason is that prophecy is clear, simple. It doesn't involve the complicated process of interpretation, organization, explanation, and guidance as teaching does. It is raw, as the quartz and agate stones that are dug out of the earth. It has a pure, curious, solid nature to it.
Oh, that God would make me a woman of His word!
Name: "whom the LORD has afflicted"
Role: Usurper. She establishes herself as king - a role designed to be held by her husband, son, and grandson.
Resulting action: Destruction of life
Name: "whose oath is the LORD"
Role: Helper. She helps her father by rescuing his grandson and helps her husband by taking the royal heir to the temple, where her husband dwells.
Resulting action: Preservation of life
Jehosheba acted within the created order established by God, and in doing so, she preserved life. Athaliah stepped out of the godly order and destruction followed. Genesis 2:18