Joram King of Israel son of King Ahab and King Ahaziah son of Athaliah queen of Judah, both were killed immediately one after the other by Jehu.
Further we read in chapter 10 seventy sons of the house of Ahab were also killed on the orders of Jehu.
Why all these tragedies in the families of two Kings?
We read that Ahab & Jezebel and Athaliah were living in disobedience to the commands of the Lord.
Det.28:15-18 reveal that when parents live in disobedience to the Lord by not following his commands carefully, fruit of their womb (Children) will be cursed.
In the light of the above verse we can infer that when parents are guilty of sin of disobedience to the word of God, their sins will catch up with their children and they will pay for their parental sins.
This is exactly what we see in the death of Joram and Ahaziah. I think that both paid for the sins of their parents Ahab and Athaliah respectively by their lives.
From the gruesome death of Jezebel and Athaliah we understand that when one continues to be wicked his or her end will be pathetic and may even be sudden.
But there is good news for the parents now, Bible in Gal.3:13 says Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. What an awesome love is the love of the Lord which protects our children from being cursed for our disobedience.
Many years ago in one of my training sessions I found a couple participants came drunk to a session. On enquiry, I found out they also had other vises.When I told them that I didn't have such habits because my father never had such bad habits. They were shocked when I told them that their children would come to ruin since they would certainly pick up such vises from their fathers.
To the glory of God, when I met these two persons after two months they told me with tears that they gave up their bad habits since they didn't want their children to be victims of such habits in future because of them.
Let us keep our children's welfare in mind when we are tempted to disobey and protect them from the consequences of our disobedience to the Lord.
2 Kings 11:21 "Joash was seven years old when he began to reign."
2 Kings chapter 11 introduces us to Athaliah.
This is the time when Israel was divided with the 10 northern tribes called Israel and the 2 southern tribes known as Judah.
Wicked King Ahab and evil Queen Jezebel had brought terrible idolatry and extreme corruption to the court in the Northern kingdom.
Athaliah was one of their daughters. She had married a king from the southern kingdom and their son was named Ahaziah.
Athaliah, grieving the loss of her son, began murdering everyone who had any possibility of becoming king in this royal family.
But in this chaotic situation was a woman named Jehosheba, She grabbed the baby boy, Joash, son of Ahaziah and hid him in the temple with his nurse for six years.
With incredible courage…………..
Never heard of before or after…………….
Who was willing to risk everything for something greater than herself………...
She did a very appreciable act because? Joash was the last living heir of the Davidic line and if he had died then David's (and Judah's) lineage would have died with him.
She made it possible for the Savior to be born through the line of Judah.
There are a lot of people in this generation who is like Jehosheba.
They are bravely living out these courageous acts of the gospel, quietly behind the scenes, their stories never told or barely mentioned.
God wants us to be a partner with Him to keep protecting His name, His kingdom and His gospel.
We may not see ourselves as a person of influence. We may feel shy to share our faith with others.
But remember… when we can stand up for God’s standards, ….
…. like a small pebble thrown into a large body of water, our words actions and prayers can ripple outward to others.
GOD ACCOMPLISHES HIS PURPOSE THROUGH PEOPLE (like Jehosheba, Jehoiada, you and me)
Can God count on us❓
Can we be a Jehosheba❓
WISHING and PRAYING for you and your family have a Happy and Blessed New Year.
Jehu's faith down fall
Jehu was anoited by a prophet who was sent by the prophet Elisha. Jehu killed Israel King Joram, Ahaziah king of Judah Queen Jezable, 70 descendants of Ahab, and relatives of king Ahazia. He killed them because they followed the pagan gods.
He played a trick and seized all the worshippers in the temple of Baal and killed them with the help of Jonadab, his guards and officers. Burnt the statues of baal and sacred pillars.
He fulfilled Lord's judgement against Ahab's family, Elijah's prophecy.
King Jehu was able to rid Israel of baal worship. But after sometime he started worshipping the gold Bull-calves., he set up in Bethel and Dan. He led the Israel into sin of worshipping the gold Bull-calves.
Lord said to Jehu that he accomplished the Lord's will, so his descendants will sit on the throne of Israel, down to the fourth generation.But he did not obey with all his heart.
In the beginning his faith was in a greater level, so he eliminated the baal religion and Ahab's lineage. He acted according to the will of the Lord and fulfilled the prophecy, as the time passes his faith was faded slowly and he turned from the Lord. Though the Lord warned him he did not obey the Lord.
Let us check our faith level. Is it in the cold State? Or declined from the higher level to lower-level like Jehu? whatever it may be. Take an oath atleast this new year day to improve your faith.
Let us build our faith by reading and meditating the word of God. Reading God's word builds faith which leads us to a higher level.
Happy new year
As per God's instructions to Elijah, Elisha sent one of the children of the prophets to anoint Jehu as the next king of Israel, 2 Kings 9:1-3. Actually God had told Elijah to do this, but it is interesting to note that he did not, 1 Kings 19:15-17, but instead Elisha did so! It is also interesting to note that at the threat of Jezebel, Elijah ran for his life and was desirous to die, 1 Kings 19:2,3. However, after the incident concerning Naboth's vineyard, 1 Kings 21, and King Ahab's death, 1 Kings 22, we don't read much about Jezebel at all! Infact, we read about her again only at the time of her death in 2 kings 9:30-37. This goes to show that when we walk uprightly before the Lord, we need not fear the threats of the enemy, though they may seem so real at that time. We must not react in fear and unbelief, but stand our ground in the finished work of Christ at Calvary and be confident that God is able to protect us from the enemy until our life's work is completed, even as we put our trust in Him and call on His Name with a clear conscience.
What Elijah failed to accomplish, because he acted on his fear instead of resisting it, God got done by Elisha and Jehu and King Hazael, 1 Kings 19:15-17, and used them to discipline Israel and their kings for their back sliding! Yes, Elijah was indeed taken to heaven on chariots of fire, and did a great work for God during his life time, but sad to say that as he acted on his fear and began to compare himself with others and wrongly think that is was 'one of a kind', and there was no other like him, he failed to complete the work that God intended him to do, and God used others to do it!
This shows us that though we may be used by God to do a great work for Him in our generation we must only compare ourselves with ourselves in terms of what God has actually called us to do, and how much is yet undone, as well as, how much of Christ's nature we have acquired, instead of what we have accomplished in terms of what other may or may not be doing!
We need to have the attitude like the A.Paul who said that although he had many accolades to his credit, yet he chose to forget the things that are behind and reach out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind (to walk as Jesus did), he strove toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, Philippians 3: 12-15. His goal or aim was not just completing the good works that God had in mind for him to complete, but rather to do them all with the very nature and character of Christ! Jehu also did well in accomplishing God's will to a certain extent and God commended him for the same, 2 Kings 10: 30, and promised to let his sons rule upto the 4th generation. However, he did not repudiate the sins which Jeroboam son of Nebat had encouraged Israel to commit as the golden calves still remained in Bethel and Dan, vs 29! Had he done all that God had expected of him, God would have confirmed his dynasty, just like he did Davids.
Besides, in his zeal, Jehu went beyond his boundary and even killed the king of Judah and his relatives, which God had not asked him to do, 2 Kings 9:27-28; 2 Kings 10:13-14! As we study the strengths and weaknesses of these men of God, may we learn from their example, in all humility, and imitate their faith in areas where they did well, as well as, overcome our fears in areas where they fell short, while being willing to give up our lives, so that we may grow in Christlikeness, as well as, finish the ministry that we receive from the Lord Jesus, which is to testify to the good news of God’s grace, Acts 20:24, (a paraphrase).
2 Kings 9 to 11