A Young Prophet Anointed Jehu as King Over Israel
Jehu was the commander of the army of Israel when Joram and Ahaziah were fighting against King Hazael and the Syrian to Jezreel to recover from his wounds. Ahaziah went to visit Joram when he learned about it.
About this time, Elisha appointed a young prophet to anoint Jehu as king over Israel. The young prophet is to leave as soon as he anoint Jehu as king over Israel. When the young prophet arrived, Jehu was having a meeting with the army officers. The prophets instructed Jehu to kill Jezebel and every boy in Ahab’s family, just like Jeroboam son of Nebat and Baasha son of Ahijah. God wanted Jehu to kill Jezebel because she established the worship of Baal in Israel. He also want to take vengeance on Ahab for taking over Naboth’s vineyard by killing Naboth innocently.
The young prophet was bold to anoint Jehu as king of Israel as this is an act of treason. Jehu was humble in that he did not boast about how the prophet anointed him as king of Israel.
Jehu Kill Jezebel and Ahab’s Entire Family
Jehu quickly carry out God’s command after he was anointed as king of Israel. He rode on his chariot to Jezreel because Joran was recuperating there. When the guard on the watch tower saw Jehu coming, he shouted to King Joram. Then, King Joram sent a group of men to ask if it is a friendly visit. However, Jehu encouraged the Joram’s men to follow him and they followed him.
When the guard did not see the men return, he shouted to King Joram again and King Joram dispatch a second group of men. The second group of men also followed Jehu. Finally, Joram rode on his chariot to meet Jehu. Jehu shot an arrow that hit between the shoulders of Joram and Joram died. Ahaziah tried to escape when he learned about it but Jehu’s men shot an arrow that hit him when he was on the road to Gur.
Next, Jehu proceeded to kill Jezebel. Jezebel put on eye make up and arranged her hair when he learned that Jehu had come. Jehu called out to the eunuchs with Jezebel to be on his side and throw her down. Immediately, the eunuchs threw her down from the window and the horses trampled on her. Then, Jehu went in and drank. When he come out, all that are left of Jezebel body are her skull, feet and hands. This fulfilled the prophecy of Elijah that Jezebel’s body will become like dung on the ground.
After killing Jezebel, Jehu created a state of fear in Israel by forcing the offcials to hand over the heads of 70 Ahab’s princes. He had the heads of 70 Ahab’s sons be arranged in two piles in public. Jehu also killed 42 relatives of Ahaziah while they were on their way to visit his family (2 Kings 10:12-14),
Jehu Ends the Worship of Baal in Israel
The final thing that Jehu did was to destroy the worship of Baal in Israel. He announced issued an announcement, commanding the people to come to the temple of Baal as he will offer sacrifices to him. All the prophets, priests and followers of Baal are to attend. Anyone that did not attend will be killed. He required all Baal worshipers to wear a vestment so that they could be recognized. Jehu offered a sacrifice so that the crowd would not be suspicious. After the sacrifice, he ordered the guards to kill the people.
God promised Jehu that he will make sure a heir will sit on the throne until the 4th generation because he did what God asked him to do.
What Can We Learn from Jehu?
Jehu is often seen as someone who do God’s will for greed of power. He even killed Ahaziah’s relatives, which is not what God commanded him to do. After Jehu became king, he sinned and walked in the footsteps of Jeroboam. Jehu’s zealousness for God and obedience in doing God’s commandment is what we can learn from him. However, Jehu did not continue his faithfulness to God as he walk in the footsteps of Jeroboam for the rest of his life.
Many Christians experience dryness in their spiritual lives after a few years of their conversion. We must be fervent and passionate to serve God and walk in his commandments like in the beginning when we first come to know God. Complete obedience to God’s commandments is required in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10 KJV)
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:19 KJV)
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:14 KJV)
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. (Romans 10:2 KJV)
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11 KJV)
For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. (Isaiah 59:17 KJV)
My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words (Psalms 119:139 KJV).
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; (Philippians 1:27 KJV)
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Revelation 2:4-5 KJV)
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV)