Women of the Bible from A to Z series
“Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king,
and he ruled sixteen years in Jerusalem.
His mother's name was Jerusha daughter of Zadok.”
2 Kings 15:33 ncv
I first met Jerusha or came across this beautiful name while researching my ancestry. I have six…yes, six…women in my family line named Jerusha—the oldest born in 1734, the youngest in 1829. She is a part of my inheritance. This may be my favorite name in my A-Z blog challenge, so let’s talk about Jerusha of the Bible.
Her father or possibly her forefather, Zadok was a priest. Her husband and the father of Jotham was King Uzziah. Her name means to take possession, to conquer or gain control, or an inheritance.
She is member of a strong godly family. Zadok is of the line of Levi—the son of Israel whose family was designated as priests—and he served in King David’s kingdom.
Uzziah (aka Azariah), became king of Judah at age sixteen and reigned fifty-two years. He did right in the sight of the Lord. As long as he sought God, God prospered Uzziah. But when pride overtook him, he acted unfaithfully, and God plagued this king with leprosy. It was then that his and Jerusha’s son Jotham became judge over Judah until Uzziah’s death. (2 Chronicles 26)
Twenty-five-year-old Jotham became king, ruled sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did what the Lord called righteous, just as his father Uzziah had done before the pride led to the leprosy.
With all the kings of Judah which did evil in the sight of the Lord, it pleases me to know that Jerusha’s son did what was right. As her name means, she raised him with a priestly family inheritance as well as the power of the kingdom of Judah.
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