Jul. 11. Slaughter in Israel

II Kin. 9:1-10:36; II Chron. 22:7-9

God had decreed that because of their evil, Ahab, Jezebel and all of their house would be destroyed. Elisha, the man of God sent a son of the prophets to anoint Jehu to become the next king of Israel even as the current king, Jehoram was attempting to recover from his battle wound.

The purge had begun. Ahab’s wife, Jezebel; son, Jehoram, king of Israel and grandson, Ahaziah, king of Judah were all killed. The bodies of Jezebel and Jehoram were pitched onto the ground that had once been Naboth’s vineyard. As had been prophesied, the dogs ate the flesh of Jezebel.

Jezebel had been a woman among women. She was the daughter of a king; wife of a king; mother of a king; mother-in-law of a king and grandmother of a king. Her prominence could have placed her on one of the highest pinnacles in the history of womanhood. Instead, her name, evil heart and life are synonymous with shame and disgrace.

It was God’s purpose that Jehu would rid Israel of all of the sons of Ahab. Through various schemes and deceptions, the new king of Israel was able to completely destroy all that had pertained to Ahab. He not only carried out the plan of God, but in doing so removed any possible threats to his rule as king.

After destroying the sons of Ahab, Jehu deceitfully assembled all of the prophets and priests of Baal along with worshippers of the false god for a great sacrifice for Baal. The temple of Baal was full from one end to the other. All of those assembled were destroyed as well as the temple. God promised Jehu that four generations of his sons would rule in Israel.

The destruction of Baal’s temple and worshippers was also a wise political move on the part of Jehu. However, he did not remove the altars that had been erected by Jeroboam. He “took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel…for he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin.”

The Lord allowed Hazael, king of Syria to move against Israel. He captured all of their land east of the Jordan River.

After a reign of twenty-eight years Jehu died and his son, Jehoahaz reigned in his place.