Athaliah was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. Ahab and Jezebel were evil people who did not obey God. Athaliah was the same as her parents. She married Jehoshaphat’s son, Jehoram. Athaliah taught Jehoram to disobey God. They had a son, Ahaziah.
Jehoshaphat had been a good king. He obeyed God. But Jehoshaphat’s family became evil because of Athaliah’s influences. When Ahaziah died, Athaliah wanted to have power. So she wanted to kill all of Ahaziah’s children. These children were her own grandchildren! But Athaliah did not care about her grandchildren. She only wanted power for herself.
Athaliah became the queen of Judah. Judah did not have a king. No one from David’s family ruled the country. All these bad things happened because Jehoshaphat joined his family with Ahab’s family.
We can learn an important lesson from this story. We should make good decisions. We make good decisions when we obey God.