Today we look at Zibiah, another wife of a king, mother of a king. We find her mentioned in 2 Kings 12:1.
“In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.”
It continues in verse 2 with, “Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.”
So we can assume that Zibiah was a positive influence on her son Johoash, or Joash, as he’s also called. But the second part of verse 2 is interesting. Joash actually lived with Jehoiada and his wife Jehosheba in the temple for six of his first seven years when Jehoseheba rescued him from Athaliah’s killing spree. So was he a product of his mother’s influence or of Jehoida’s? Or both?
Verse 3 tells us, though, that though he did good, he didn’t get rid of idolatry, so the people continued to worship false gods.
One of his first actions as king was to have the temple repaired using the contributions of the people to fund it. And when later he saw that the priests were not repairing like they were supposed to be doing, he worked with them to get it done. But he was never fully dedicated to proper worship at the temple.
In 2 Chronicles 24 we’re told that as long as Jehoiada was alive, Joash did right, but after Jehoiada’s death, he forgot the kindness of Jehoiada and when Jehoiada’s son Zechariah spoke out about the sin in the land, Joash had him stoned to death.
In the end, Joash died a dishonorable death.
We really know nothing about Zibiah other than she was the mother of Joash, and she’s given credit for what he did right, but it would appear that much of what he did was because of Jehoiada’s influence.
Isn’t that the way it is? We’re all just pieces of the puzzle, each making our contribution into the lives of others. We are who we are because of all of those who have come before us and who have input into our lives. May we be a positive imprint on each of those we come into contact with.
Lord God, thank You for the individuals who you place in our lives. Thank You for those who teach us through their goodness and those who teach us through their lessons whether they be good or bad. Thank You for all that You teach us and show us. Please guide us so that we might always lead others towards You rather than lead them away. We love You. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.