A Princess Role Model: Off The Grid Columnist Bill Heid Offers A Different Princess Role Model

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In his new article, The Princess and the Wicked Queen, Off The Grid columnist Bill Heid describes the heroic actions of Jehosheba, a princess of Judah, and how she defied the wicked queen to save God’s plan of salvation.

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To protect the child, the Seed, and the promise, Jehosheba acted courageously and on her own initiative. She had no time to consult her husband. But she knew his mind and knew she would have his support. But the initial risk was all hers...

In his latest article, The Princess and the Wicked Queen, author Bill Heid describes a different kind of princess than the sort of which most Americans think. In the United States, most people think of Disney’s vast array of princesses which have been frequently criticized as being unrealistically drawn, providing an unrealistic picture of relationships, and desperately needing men to save them. However, Heid focuses on a Biblical princess who was strong in her own right and made a courageous decision that could have cost her life.

During a time of great turmoil in Israel and Judah when the kings of both nations had been killed, the wicked queen Athaliah, a follower of the false god Baal, decided to kill all the male heirs to the throne of Judah and become ruling queen herself. Had she succeeded, David’s line would have been destroyed. This would have been bad enough because this was the royal line of Judah. However, God had promised that the Messiah would come from the line of David. By destroying that line, Athaliah would have not only ensured the throne for herself, but destroyed the promise of salvation. Heid clarifies, stating that “Athaliah was a psychopath, but the forces behind the scene were demonic. If the Serpent could destroy the Seed here, Satan would win the battle for history and the cosmos (cf. Rev. 12).”

Had this all occurred, it would have meant utter ruination. However, Jehosheba, daughter of the king of Judah by a different wife, singlehandedly prevented it. As a princess, she knew her way around the palace and the servants would recognize her and accept that she had a reason and a right to be there. As wife of the high priest and a believer in the true God, she knew what was at stake. Because of this, she was able to sneak in and save the infant Joash from Athaliah’s slaughter and bring him and his nurse to hide in the Temple. Heid praises her, saying, “To protect the child, the Seed, and the promise, Jehosheba acted courageously and on her own initiative. She had no time to consult her husband. But she knew his mind and knew she would have his support. But the initial risk was all hers. If Athaliah discovered her before she escaped with the child, Athaliah would kill her as well.”

By her bravery and trust in God, Jehosheba saved the line of David and the promise of salvation. That is a princess worth looking up to.

Bill Heid is the radio co-host of Off The Grid News, an independent organization devoted to providing practical information about living today and in light of the challenges of the future. He and his news team look for the truth beneath the facts of the top news stories and how they will affect your life.

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