Jehu Executes God’s Wrath 

Second Kings 9–10

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • February 1, In the year of our Lord, 2017

  1. Second Kings 9.1–3 | Anoint Jehu King of Israel

    1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, “Get yourself ready, take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilead. 2 Now when you arrive at that place, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, and go in and make him rise up from among his associates, and take him to an inner room. 3 Then take the flask of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus says the LORD: I have anointed you king over Israel. Then open the door and flee, and do not delay.”

    1. Why did Elisha send one of the sons of the prophets?
      1. For the same reason he sent a messenger to Naaman.
        1. The Lord wanted it done that way, or
        2. the Lord gave Elisha that discretion.
      2. If “sons of the prophets” meant a prophet in training, then we would expect to see these kinds of things.
    2. Why would the anointing take place privately?
  2. Second Kings 9.4–10 | Jehu Assigned His Job

    4 So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth Gilead. 5 And when he arrived, there were the captains of the army sitting; and he said, “I have a message for you, Commander.” Jehu said, “For which one of us?” And he said, “For you, Commander.” 6 Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: I have anointed you king over the people of the LORD, over Israel. 7 You shall strike down the house of Ahab your 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. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish; and I will cut off from Ahab all the males in Israel, both bond and free. 9 So 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. 10 The dogs shall eat Jezebel on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her.” And he opened the door and fled.

    1. Notice that although Israel was deep into idolatry and the sins that accompany it, the Lord still referred to them as His people (v. 6).
    2. What was Jehu’s main job?
      1. He was to eliminate the house of Ahab.
      2. What would happen to Jezebel?
    3. See Jer. 48.10
  3. Second Kings 9.11–13 | Jehu Gains a Following

    11 Then Jehu came out to the servants of his master, and one said to him, “Is all well? Why did this madman come to you?” And he said to them, “You know the man and his babble.” 12 And they said, “A lie! Tell us now.” So he said, “Thus and thus he spoke to me, saying, “Thus says the LORD: I have anointed you king over Israel.’” 13 Then each man hastened to take his garment and put it under him on the top of the steps; and they blew trumpets, saying, “Jehu is king!”

    1. Why did Jehu dismiss the message of the messenger from Elisha?
    2. Why were the men quick to lend Jehu their support?
  4. Second Kings 9.14–16 | Jehu Starts Making His Move

    14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had been defending Ramoth Gilead, he and all Israel, against Hazael king of Syria. 15 But King Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which the Syrians had inflicted on him when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, “If you are so minded, let no one leave or escape from the city to go and tell it in Jezreel.” 16 So Jehu rode in a chariot and went to Jezreel, for Joram was laid up there; and Ahaziah king of Judah had come down to see Joram.

    1. Without fear Jehu heads for Joram, the son of Ahab.
    2. What other king would be there?
  5. Second Kings 9.17–20 | Jehu Drove Furiously

    17 Now a watchman stood on the tower in Jezreel, and he saw the company of Jehu as he came, and said, “I see a company of men.” And Joram said, “Get a horseman and send him to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace?” 18 So the horseman went to meet him, and said, “Thus says the king: Is it peace?” And Jehu said, “What have you to do with peace? Turn around and follow me.” So the watchman reported, saying, “The messenger went to them, but is not coming back.” 19 Then he sent out a second horseman who came to them, and said, “Thus says the king: Is it peace?” And Jehu answered, “What have you to do with peace? Turn around and follow me.” 20 So the watchman reported, saying, “He went up to them and is not coming back; and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously!”

    1. No one dared to withstand Jehu.
    2. Jehu was known by his driving.
    3. Are you?
  6. Second Kings 9.21–26 | Naboth’s Blood Avenged

    21 Then Joram said, “Make ready.” And his chariot was made ready. Then Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot; and they went out to meet Jehu, and met him on the property of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22 Now it happened, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” So he answered, “What peace, as long as the harlotries of your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft are so many?” 23 Then Joram turned around and fled, and said to Ahaziah, “Treachery, Ahaziah!” 24 Now Jehu drew his bow with full strength and shot Jehoram between his arms; and the arrow came out at his heart, and he sank down in his chariot. 25 Then Jehu said to Bidkar his captain, “Pick him up, and throw him into the tract of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite; for remember, when you and I were riding together behind Ahab his father, that the LORD laid this burden upon him: 26 ‘Surely I saw yesterday the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons,’ says the LORD, ‘and I will repay you in this plot,’ says the LORD. Now therefore, take and throw him on the plot of ground, according to the word of the LORD.”

    1. Something about Jehu made people question whether he was for peace.
    2. Had Joram done anything about the sins of his mother?
      1. If not, what did that mean in regard to whether Jehu came in peace or not?
      2. Who did Joram warn concerning Jehu?
    3. How did Jehu kill Joram?
      1. Have you shot a bow?
      2. Have you shot one that could go through a man’s body?
    4. Where did Jehu throw the body of Joram (Jehoram)?
  7. Second Kings 9.27–29 | Ahaziah Dies Also

    27 But when Ahaziah king of Judah saw this, he fled by the road to Beth Haggan. So Jehu pursued him, and said, “Shoot him also in the chariot.” And they shot him at the Ascent of Gur, which is by Ibleam. Then he fled to Megiddo, and died there. 28 And his servants carried him in the chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his tomb with his fathers in the City of David. 29 In the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab, Ahaziah had become king over Judah.

    1. Some people believe they will repent when death approaches.
      1. However, sometimes it comes so fast that they do not think of even turning to the Lord.
      2. The prospect of immediate consumes them.
    2. The best way to make sure that the Lord and turning to Him at death happens, think of Him all the time now.
  8. Second Kings 9.30–37 | The End of Jezebel

    30 Now when Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she put paint on her eyes and adorned her head, and looked through a window. 31 Then, as Jehu entered at the gate, she said, “Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?” 32 And he looked up at the window, and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” So two or three eunuchs looked out at him. 33 Then he said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot. 34 And when he had gone in, he ate and drank. Then he said, “Go now, see to this accursed woman, and bury her, for she was a king’s daughter.” 35 So they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. 36 Therefore they came back and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the LORD, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; 37 and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as refuse on the surface of the field, in the plot at Jezreel, so that they shall not say, Here lies Jezebel.”

    1. Why did Jezebel make herself look beautiful?
      1. To show no fear of Jehu?
      2. To show that she was still queen material?
    2. What happened to Jezebel?
      1. How sad for the daughter of one king and the wife of another.
      2. Painting her face and fixing her hair did not help her at all.
    3. What was Jehu’s response to the death of Jezebel?
      1. First, he went to eat.
      2. Second, he acknowledged that her death fulfilled a prophecy of Elijah who had spoken for the lord.
  9. Second Kings 10.1–6 | Seventy Sons Lose Their Heads

    1 Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote and sent letters to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to those who reared Ahab’s sons, saying: 2 “Now as soon as this letter comes to you, since your master’s sons are with you, and you have chariots and horses, a fortified city also, and weapons, 3 choose the best qualified of your master’s sons, set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.” 4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, “Look, two kings could not stand up to him; how then can we stand?” 5 And he who was in charge of the house, and he who was in charge of the city, the elders also, and those who reared the sons, sent to Jehu, saying, “We are your servants, we will do all you tell us; but we will not make anyone king. Do what is good in your sight.” 6 Then he wrote a second letter to them, saying: “If you are for me and will obey my voice, take the heads of the men, your master’s sons, and come to me at Jezreel by this time tomorrow. Now the king’s sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who were rearing them.”

    1. I guess Ahab more women than just Jezebel!
    2. What was Jehu implying in verses 2–3 by telling the elders of Samaria to make one of Ahab’s sons king and to fight for the king?
    3. However, how did the elders reason?
    4. What did Jehu ask them to do, if they were truly for him?
  10. Second Kings 10.7–11 | Jehu Does His Job

    7 So it was, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons and slaughtered seventy persons, put their heads in baskets and sent them to him at Jezreel. 8 Then a messenger came and told him, saying, “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.” And he said, “Lay them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until morning.” 9 So it was, in the morning, that he went out and stood, and said to all the people, “You are righteous. Indeed I conspired against my master and killed him; but who killed all these? 10 Know now that nothing shall fall to the earth of the word of the LORD which the LORD spoke concerning the house of Ahab; for the LORD has done what He spoke by His servant Elijah.” 11 So Jehu killed all who remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men and his close acquaintances and his priests, until he left him none remaining.

    1. Why did Jehu want the heads of the sons of Ahab in two piles by the gate?
    2. What did Jehu conclude after all this?
  11. Second Kings 10.12–14 | The Brothers of Ahaziah Meet Their End

    12 And he arose and departed and went to Samaria. On the way, at Beth Eked of the Shepherds, 13 Jehu met with the brothers of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, “Who are you?” So they answered, “We are the brothers of Ahaziah; we have come down to greet the sons of the king and the sons of the queen mother.” 14 And he said, “Take them alive!” So they took them alive, and killed them at the well of Beth Eked, forty-two men; and he left none of them.

    1. The brother of Ahaziah had evidently followed into their brother’s sins.
    2. Why was killing them necessary?
  12. Second Kings 10.15–17 | Meet Jehonadab

    15 Now when he departed from there, he met Jehonadab the son of Rechab, coming to meet him; and he greeted him and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is toward your heart?” And Jehonadab answered, “It is.” Jehu said, “If it is, give me your hand.” So he gave him his hand, and he took him up to him into the chariot. 16 Then he said, “Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD.” So they had him ride in his chariot. 17 And when he came to Samaria, he killed all who remained to Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed them, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke to Elijah.

    1. Why was it important for Jehu to have Jehonadab along?
      1. Jeremiah 35 shows the spiritual standing of this man and how much influence he had with his family.
    2. What did Jehu want Jehonadab to see?
  13. Second Kings 10.18–28 | Jehu’s Sacrifice to Baal

    18 Then Jehu gathered all the people together, and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little, Jehu will serve him much. 19 Now therefore, call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests. Let no one be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal. Whoever is missing shall not live.” But Jehu acted deceptively, with the intent of destroying the worshipers of Baal. 20 And Jehu said, “Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal.” So they proclaimed it. 21 Then Jehu sent throughout all Israel; and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. So they came into the temple of Baal, and the temple of Baal was full from one end to the other. 22 And he said to the one in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out vestments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out vestments for them. 23 Then Jehu and Jehonadab the son of Rechab went into the temple of Baal, and said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that no servants of the LORD are here with you, but only the worshipers of Baal.” 24 So they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had appointed for himself eighty men on the outside, and had said, “If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escapes, whoever lets him escape, it shall be his life for the life of the other.” 25 Now it happened, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, “Go in and kill them; let no one come out!” And they killed them with the edge of the sword; then the guards and the officers threw them out, and went into the inner room of the temple of Baal. 26 And they brought the sacred pillars out of the temple of Baal and burned them. 27 Then they broke down the sacred pillar of Baal, and tore down the temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump to this day. 28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel.

    1. Why did Jehu want vestments for the worshipers of Baal?
    2. Why did they clear out any worshipers of Jehovah?
    3. Why did Jehu completely destroy the temple of Baal and anything or anyone related to it? (See v. 28.)
  14. Second Kings 10.29–31 | What Happened Jehu?

    29 However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan. 30 And the LORD said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in doing what is right in My sight, and have done to the house of Ahab all that was in My heart, your sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” 31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart; for he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin.

    1. Galatians 5.7 could have been read to Jehu.
    2. How can we explain Jehu’s turn away from Yahweh God and to the golden calves?
  15. Second Kings 10.32–33 | Israel’s Captivity Slowly Begins

    32 In those days the LORD began to cut off parts of Israel; and Hazael conquered them in all the territory of Israel 33 from the Jordan eastward: all the land of Gilead—Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh—from Aroer, which is by the River Arnon, including Gilead and Bashan.

    1. Amazingly this still did not turn Israel away from idolatry and back to the Lord.
    2. They kept seeing the word of Lord fulfilled, but it did not change them.
    3. This is what happens when people do not know the Lord.
  16. Second Kings 10.34–36 | Jehu Died

    34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 35 So Jehu rested with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. Then Jehoahaz his son reigned in his place. 36 And the period that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

    1. Eventually we all die and meet the Lord.
    2. We had high hopes for Jehu, but he sadly disappointed us.