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Out of the Black pot Nonetheless Comes the White Pap

Updated on February 4, 2020
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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more

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The world is truly becoming a global village through the internet because some of the cultures, proverbs and other things about some tribes and races are on the internet, where other people from other countries could read and drawn out wisdom from.

A social medium called Twitter has different sites from different countries, it is from one of the sites, Yoruba Proverbs, that I get the phrase “Out of the Black pot Nonetheless Comes the White Pap” that I am using for my topic for this article.

Another social media author, from Nigeria Edet Eyo Bassey (Esq.) who of course does not belong to Yoruba tribe also uses this proverb in explaining the political situation of his state, Akwa Ibom State to the world.

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Heads up on the Proverb

To understand this Yoruba proverb let me tell you what was obtained in the past (and presently in some rural areas where there is neither gas and electricity for cooking) in this part of the world. The people used to cook with clay pots (and now metal pots), these clay pots are usually put on 3 big stones with woods arranged under it and the woods would be ignited. The fire that would be coming out from the woods would make the outside of the pots black because of the carbon compounds being released from the woods as the fire keeps burning. This is the major means of cooking in the rural areas of most of the African countries and of course in some cities at the poor people’s houses.

Pap is a corn meal. It is gotten from the grinded guinea corn (or maize) soaked in water for about three days. After it has been grinded and sieved, the paste would be poured in the pot that has boiling water in it and it would be stirred. Within fraction of minutes the pap would be done. It is the one prepared from the maize paste that is usually white, because maize is white in color.

It is being said that out of the black pot comes out white pap because despite the darkening of the cover of the pot by carbon released, it cannot get into the pot to decolorize the white maize-paste turned into pap. The proverb means there are surprises at times because someone or something that is not good may produce something that is good. It should be considered as a proverb of surprise.

Having said this, I want my readers to however know that I will be using this this topic to write on a woman in the bible who preachers and bible teachers hardly make mention of, for her astute role in seeing that the lineage of David continues to sit on the throne according to the covenant Yahweh made with King David.

Who is this Woman?

The woman I want to talk about here is called Jehosheba. The story about this woman shall be found in the books of second Kings 11: 2 and 3 and second chronicles 22:11-12. In Chronicles her name is spelt as Jehoshabeath (KJV).

Meaning of her name

Jehosheba in Hebrew is written as “יהושׁבע”, Romanized form is yehôsheba‛ (pronounced as yeh-ho-sheh'-bah) which means Jehovah-sworn. Some other bible dictionaries say her name means Yahweh is an Oath, that is the faithful one; which could imply Yahweh is fulness or Yahweh is perfection.

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History of the woman in brief

Her father was King Jehoram of Judah who after his death, his son, Ahaziah assumes the throne of kingship. Ahaziah was a sibling of Jehosheba.

Her father, King Jehoram was however a bad king before the Lord because he was an idol worshipper who got married to the daughter of Jezebel and King Ahab of Israel (Northern Kingdom). And like mother so her daughter, his wife, Athaliah who had much influence on him, pushing him to instituting idolatry in Judah, the Southern Kingdom.

And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD. (2 Ch 21:6)

Jehosheba being the daughter of Jehoram also grew in the palace confines. Until the time she got married when she left the palace for her hubby’s house.

It is the believe of many bible scholars that this woman, Jehosheba was not the daughter of Athaliah, but she was assumed to be given birth to by another woman the king married to.

Few Comments on Who She Married

Jehosheba got married to the high priest of the land, a man called Jehoiada. Here are some possible assertions by bible scholars about his marriage to the man.

(a) She May not Have Married a Pauper

It was not stated maybe her husband has risen to the peak of his career before he got married to the woman, but if he has risen to the peak, the position of High priest before marrying Jehosheba, then some postulations from some scholars that the woman got married to a pauper may not be right after all, because from the documentations on the high Priest in the land according to the law, he was the second in command to the king, being a second in command to the king, he occupies some position of authority in the town, and would likely not be poor.

(b) She May be Athaliah’s Daughter

Some believed that assuming her mother was Athaliah, then the man, Jehoiada would not marry her daughter because of her atrocities and because she was stirring her husband to be worshipping idols like her mother.

But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. (1 Ki 21:25)

To the assertion that if Jehosheba has been begotten by Athaliah and Jehoiada got married to him, Matthew Poole in his commentary says, the man may marry have been compelled to marry the lady by his parents, because parents have influence over whom their children would be married to those days. He may have been compelled because of the fear of the king by his parents and or for other reasons.

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(c) Used as a Bait

Another view to her being married to the kind of man she got married to is that she may have been married to the man if the King and his wife, Athaliah, want to use her as a bait for the man to comply with their wishes in the land, being a priest and perhaps getting close to the position of the high priest assuming he has not ascended the seat, they may use his marriage to the lady to want to win him over so that he would be doing whatsoever they want him to be doing in the worship of Baal.

(d) Rare Kind in the Bible Where a Princess Marries a Priest

Her marriage to Jehoiada is one of its kind in the whole length of the bible where priest, a rich lady marrying a poor man, a Yahweh believer marrying a Baal worshipper.

It is an example of what is happening now, whereby Scandinavians, Caucasians, people from the Orientals marrying blacks. Before now, inter-tribal marriages too were considered unhealthy.

Their marriage shows what God has in mind for mankind. It shows that God would come to the rescue of mankind, save us from the hands of the devil.

(e) Daughter of Another Woman

According to many people’s view of the lady, she was perhaps not the daughter of Athaliah because Kings then and now do have more than one wife. It then means that one of the wives of the king apart from Athaliah gave birth to Jehosheba.

Some bible writes opined that Jehoiada being a priest would not have married her if she was the daughter of Athaliah but since she was not her daughter, he ventured into marrying her.

Husband Supports Her

When the news got to her that the children of the kings would be killed, she ran to the palace and ensure that she did what was in her power to save her posterity from total annihilation. She cannot keep the son perpetually in the palace bedchamber room for trying to do that would expose her and put her at risks, in conjunction with those who supported her. Thence, when she told her husband what was on her mind to do, her husband has prepared for her a haven where the child would be kept after being saved from the hands of the older Queen.

But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.

And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land. (2 Ch 22:11-12)

Her husband being the head, provided a place for the child to be kept within the temple where there wouldn’t be raised eyebrow on the child. For taken the child to their apartment may generate issues since they know the woman wasn’t pregnant by the time, she went to the palace that day.

She was a Good and a Caring Sibling

Assuming she was like some other ladies she would have allowed the child Joash to be killed, after all she also has children, and being one of the children of the King assuming the lineage of the king be annihilated, she can present her son as legitimate heir to the throne. But this she does not do, what she did was ensuring that one of the princes be saved, to carry on the baton of their fathers.

On another note she may suggest to her husband to kill the woman so that she would become queen while the husband would become the King. This again she did not do because her mind is pure, and he wants progress for her siblings.

What we stand for will always reveal our dispositions to life.

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She believed in Yahweh

When others were deep necked into the new religion, Baal, she her mind on Yahweh. As daughter of the King, she could have chosen to follow the line of her parents, but she did not, she stands out from among other children and gave her life to the worship of Yahweh wholly

This shows that it does not matter who your parent is, you can still do the will of God if you want to do it. What is important is you desiring to do the will of God.

Jehosheba

was a brave woman who ignored danger that may be associated with what she wants to do and cleverly planned with her husband to preserve and protect the lineage of David. John L. Kachelman Jr. says she was a good wife for a good man, a woman of compassion and empathy who lived a quiet life without seeking for fame showing the women of today how they can be useful to God in his vineyard. She was a rare woman who perhaps from her childhood days had been antagonizing the worship of Baal in her land, she is a rare one among the corrupt family.

© 2020 OLUSEGUN

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