Hidden in Plain Sight

I note another interesting “hidden” message in today’s passage.  God puts His protection around an important young man – a future king of Judah.

“When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family.  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.  He remained hidden with his nurse at the temple of the LORD for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.”   — 2 Kings 11:1-3

It struck me as I read this passage how hard it would be to hide a child for six straight years from an evil queen.  And then it occurred to me – they hid Joash in the place that the queen mother must have never gone – the temple of the Lord.  Is there a message in that fact?


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