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2 Kings 9

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Few Christians in this wicked world acknowledge God’s wrath. Instead, they pour out compassion on those who deserve only death by God’s judgments. This is a sign of the latter times, when those who claim God’s name work against it by embracing those who God condemns. The fate of kings and queens in this chapter are the direct result of their own wickedness. Never think that our sins are just forgotten because a passage of time does not see us punished! God watches us and often waits, so that he strikes us down when we think all is well. Am I being melodramatic? No, it is spiritual reality. Be warned... our modern days are ripe for God’s anger to burst forth; we must repent and be ready, and not be recipients of the wrath to come. Note that I speak of these things in earnest lately. It is because I truly see God acting very soon. I can only warn you to flee what is to come by obeying God.

Verses 1-3

  1. And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:

  2. And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber;

  3. Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.

Elisha asked one of the prophets (not a child) to come to him. He told him to “Gird up thine loins” and to take a box of oil to Ramoth-Gilead. To gird up the loins is a very dynamic action; it means to gather up the bottom of one’s flowing robes and to tuck it into the belt on the waist. Primarily, it has a military meaning, to be prepared to run fast in battle and to be unhampered by robes. Elisha had a similar meaning in mind, because the task before the young prophet was similarly urgent and life-changing. By ‘box’ is meant a container or flask.

The man was to give a message to the general of the army of Judah, Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat of Judah, but in secret. The prophet was then to pour oil on Jehu’s head, from the flask, and to tell him God had anointed him to be king of Israel. Then, he was to open the door and run without looking back. Christians are sometimes asked by God to say or do what had not previously been in their heads. Such a communication is always urgent or near, so must be obeyed right away. If we know God has spoken to us, or leads us, then we must act immediately, and not think of the possibly consequences. We might even have to speak/act and run, in case of possible bad reactions. So be it.

Verses 4-10

  1. So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead.

  2. And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.

  3. And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.

  4. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.

  5. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel:

  6. And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah:

  7. And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled.

The young prophet obeyed Elisha. When he reached the city, he made his way to a group of army captains and saw Jehu the general, and said he had a word for the captain. Jehu asked which one he was referring to, and the prophet said ‘You, sir’.

He took Jehu aside and anointed his head, before telling him that God had just elected him to be king of Israel. The prophet then gave further details – Jehu was to kill the house of Ahab as God’s revenge for Jezebel killing the prophets. The entire family, especially the males, had to die, no matter where they were in Israel. Thus, the line of Ahab would be erased like the lines of Jeroboam and Baasha. Remember, this was God’s command, so it was of divine authority. The body of Jezebel would then be cast onto the walls of Jezreel, to be eaten by dogs, as was earlier prophesied. Having spoken, the prophet fled the house and returned to Elisha.

What is interesting is that God replaced a wicked king with another wicked king; Jehu did a few good things but was mainly bad. I believe this was a continuation of judgment upon His chosen people, who obeyed and kept wicked kings, allowed for the murder of prophets, and did not fight back against these sinful rulers.

It is significant that all the kings of Israel, apart from David, and Solomon in his earlier years, were bad! About two thirds of the kings of Judah were also bad, but at least some of the kings were good or mostly good! In our own day we find Christians voting for politicians who are partially good. This is an act of desperation – we should not vote for those who are wicked, godless or potentially harmful to believers. As it is, we suffer because we do all this, and not putting God first. The condition of Israel and Judah shows us what happens when we elect or keep bad rulers.

Verses 11-15

  1. Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication.

  2. And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.

  3. 13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king.

  4. So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.

  5. But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds, then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel.

After the young prophet left, Jehu rejoined his companions, all senior military figures. They asked if all was well, because they thought the prophet was ‘mad’. Jehu said that they now knew what the prophet told him, but his fellow officers said that the message from God was false. Jehu argued that what the man told him was “Thus saith the LORD... I have anointed thee king...”. As I have said before, in the days of the kings of Israel, the kings (and therefore the people) did not exactly dismiss God; rather, they added idols and paganism to worship of the one true God, a deadly mix that served them ill. This is how Jehu could treat God’s message as true.

Hearing this, the companions immediately threw their outer garments on the top step of the house, and Jehu stood upon them. It symbolised his new role in their eyes. They instructed trumpeters to sound their instruments and shouted “Jehu is king”!

Immediately, Jehu conspired with his companions to topple Joram, who now owned Ramoth-Gilead. Joram was still in Jezreel recovering from his battle wounds. Jehu instructed that no-one was to leave the city to go and warn him. And so Joram became the target of the new king. A king elected by God to bring down another king; both being sinful rulers, and one bad king used to bring about the demands of God! Today, the Christianised West is being toppled by envoys of evil, Muslims. Instead of showing godly mettle, they carry on as usual, hoping all will be well! Sin has crippled their discernment and ability to think clearly. Their lives and future stand condemned by God, and they carry on as usual..

Verses 16-20

  1. So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.

  2. And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace?

  3. So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.

  4. Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me.

  5. And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.

Wasting no time, Jehu got into his chariot and rode fast towards Jezreel with a large band of his fellow officers and men. I doubt very much that this was because he trusted God; more likely it was a murderous intention to gain power. But, in God’s will, anything and anybody can be used to bring about His judgments.

Also in Jezreel to visit the injured king of Israel was the king of Judah, Ahaziah. As they neared Jezreel a watchman on the tower saw the group and informed king Joram. He ordered a horseman to go to meet the group and to ask if they came peaceably or not. When intrigue is the order of the day, Joram was alert to danger. Jehu asked the messenger what the issue had to do with a mere servant, and commanded him to join his retinue (no doubt fearing death if he refused).

The watchman, observing from a distance, went and told the king that the messenger had not returned. His senses knew something was wrong, and Joram sent out a second messenger, but he received the same response as did the first, and so joined Jehu’s company. The watchman reported again to Joram.

The watchman finally realised who was leading the band of men; he recognised the fast chariot driving as that of general Jehu. This, too, was passed on to king Joram who, by now, must have known real foreboding. Christians today are ignoring all the signs of their demise, but do nothing to offset it. Their day of judgment is coming.

Verses 21-23

  1. And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.

  2. And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?

  3. And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah.

The open hands of peace were missing and Joram knew what was coming. He commanded his men: “Make ready”! Men brought his war chariot; he and Ahaziah drove out in their respective chariots to meet Jehu head-on. They met him at the “portion of Naboth”. That is, on land alongside the city walls once owned by Naboth, the vineyard owner killed by queen Jezebel so her husband could own it.

Fearing the worst, Joram asked Jehu if he came in peace. Jehu’s response was fearful – there can be no peace when Jezebel’s adultery, idolatry and witchcraft were still evidenced in the land! Joram got his answer, turned his chariot, and fled. As he raced away he shouted to Ahaziah: “There is treachery, O Ahaziah”!

It is almost funny – a treacherous king accusing one of his generals of treachery! His own mother had put prophets to death, erected many idol sanctuaries and practiced witchcraft condemned by God. Yet, Jehoram accused Jehu of treachery! This is how wicked men operate – as a smokescreen, they blame others for their own evil doings. In reality, both were as wicked as the other, and both were condemned for leading the Israelites into sin and idolatry.

Verses 24-26

  1. And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.

  2. Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him;

  3. Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD.

Jehu had a warrior’s expertise; he drew his bow and sent an arrow flying at Joram, hitting him between his shoulder blades and into his heart, bringing him to a stop, dead. It must have been a long distance for we are told Jehu used his “full strength”. He ordered one of his captains, Bidkar, to drag the body and dump it in Naboth’s vineyard in remembrance of what Ahab and Jezebel did to Naboth. God led Jehu to remind his servants of God’s prophecy, and where to put Jehoram’s body. Thus, God brought about the destruction of Ahab’s family. Next came Jezebel.

Verses 27-29

  1. But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there.

  2. And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David.

  3. And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah.

King Ahaziah saw what happened and fled the scene, escaping past the small hut used by the vineyard keeper. Jehu followed him, calling his men to kill the king of Judah, which they finally did at Gur, a city owned by Manasseh. The king kept fleeing, mortally wounded, and died at Megiddo, also owned by Manasseh, about 11 miles from Nazareth. His servants then took him in his chariot back to Jerusalem, where he was buried.

Verses 30-37

  1. And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

  2. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?

  3. And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.

  4. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.

  5. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter.

  6. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.

  7. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:

  8. And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.

Jezebel heard that Jehu was now in Jezreel. As queen she was arrogant and prepared herself to meet the new king. She ‘painted her face’ and ‘tired her head’. She knew her fate and yet put make-up on her face and generally tried to appear well and attractive... just as many sins look attractive to those whose souls are destroyed by them!

“Had Zimri peace” is obscure. It appears to be a phrase she used to refer to Zimri who murdered king Elah and killed himself seven days later by setting the palace on fire, before Omri took the throne. This seems to say ‘Will you be happy after murdering the king?’ But, it was in vain, for her own evils required death by God’s agent, Jehu. She had to satisfy God’s prophecy.

Jehu looked up when Jezebel shouted her query from a window. He saw two or three eunuchs (court officials) behind her. He demanded to know if they were loyal to him, and commanded them to throw Jezebel out of the window. They complied, and Jezebel died on the stones below, her blood splashing onto the wall and the horses, before they trampled her body many times.

Jehu entered the palace to eat and drink before he told servants to get the body of the queen to bury her, a concession because she was of a royal line. But, the horses had truly mangled her body and the servants only found her skull, feet and hands. The servants went and told the new king, and he then quoted God’s prophecy made by Elijah, which said that the dogs would eat the body of Jezebel, her body treated like dung for her various wicked sins. She was destroyed so completely that no man could say for sure that ‘This is the queen’s body’.

God’s prophecies always come to pass, sometimes quickly and sometimes after a longer period. Christians should know what God has promised, for what comes about will affect their own lives. Note that we do not see God being ‘nice’ to this wicked queen. His wrath was shown in her gory end. We must expect similar ends for all who abuse the name of God!

Note that though Jehu was himself mainly a bad king, he nevertheless knew God’s word and saw Him as Lord. Today, wicked rulers do not even regard God as Lord, nor do they treat His name or people with respect. For this they are objects of His divine wrath, and we can legitimately pray for this to happen soon. Yes, God is love. He is also the God of wrath. Do not make the difference unclear!

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