The Bible says, “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 Ramoth-Gilead: And when thou comest thither look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat [this is another man with the same name as king Jehoshaphat of Judah] the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber: 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.
So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramoth-Gilead. 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. 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.
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. 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: 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: And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he open the door and fled.” (II Kings 9:1-10)
This may get a little tricky for some of you, but bear with me. We shall look at Jehu’s commission as it was dictateded by the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. While GOD’s vengenace is delayed, it is forth coming and its coming for everyone operating outside of GOD’s will! So, let’s go into “PART III: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
king Jehu of Israel: “Commissioned by GOD”
As you just read above, Prophet Elisha was given an order by the LIVING GOD to have Jehu anointed king of Israel and to carry out annihilation on the House of Ahab (one of the most wicked kings of Israel) and to destroy all Baal prophets and worshippers, “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. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish.”
Jehu was a captain in king Ahab’s army and he never expected to be anointed as king of Israel. One night, Jehu was sitting with his men (probably eating, drinking, and telling chokes) when a young prophet comes with an important message for him. The news was like winning the lotto because it was totally unexpected. After the young prophet delivered the message, he flew out the door into the darkness for his life. Jehu told his men the news and immediately the men rejoiced throwing their coats down for Jehu to walk upon as “…they blew trumpets and announced Jehu is king over Israel…” (II Kings 9:13)
Jehu’s Inspiration: Where did Jehu get his inspiration and strength? The answer is the in the ANOINTING! The LORD GOD told the prophets to take a box of anointing oil and pour it upon Jehu’s head! There is power in the anointing, especially when the HOLY GHOST is present! Immediately, the army stood with Jehu because the Lord was truly there! In fact, there was no conspiracy against Jehu and no one mocked that he was unofficially crowned king while king Joram was still alive! They could have said, “Are you crazy, the king is not dead!”
Once the ALMIGHTY GOD places HIS blessing upon you, that is all you need. It does not matter what people say or what they think…it does not matter who yo daddy/yo mama is…it does not matter how rich or poor you are…it does not matter if people like you or not…it does not matter your skin color… because “…greater is HE that is in you than he that its in the World.” ( I John 1:4)
king Joram [a.k.a. Jehoram] of Israel:
“Jehu’s first Victim” Joram (the son of king Ahab of Israel and queen Jezebel) was laid-up from the wounds inflicted by king Hazel of Syria. (II Kings 9:15) As usual, there was a watchman told king Joram, “I see a company and the driving is like the driving of of Jehu the son of Nimshi: for he driveth furiously…” (II Kings 9:17, 20) When Joram saw Jehu he asked, “Is it peace, Jehu?” and Jehu answered, “What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?” (II Kings 9:22)
Well, you can guess what happened next, “…Joram turned his hands and fled and said to king Ahaziah [of Judah], There is treachery, O Ahaziah.” (II Kings 9:22) In full strength, “…king Jehu drew his bow and smote Joram [a.k.a. Jehoram] between his arms and the arrow went out at his heart and he sunk down in his chariot…Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up [the body] and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite…” ( Kings 9:24-15)
In the Second Book of Kings, we see that the blood of Naboth, the deaths of many prophets, and servants of GOD are vindicated. Like his daddy and mama, king Joram was grossly wicked and in need of correction and elimination. Omri’s and Ahab’s entire dynasties were corrupt, pagans, false worshippers (against the Living GOD) as they did as they pleased.
Earlier in the day, king Joram thought he had many years left to live. After all, he was resting from battle wounds given by the king of Syria. But now, GOD’s justice caught up with king Joram as he was frighten-to-death by Jehu who drove his chariot like it was on fire! For this reason, Joram asked Jehu, “Is it peace?” Next, we see king Joram hollering the words “…treachery….” How ironic, king Joram’s entire kingdom (as inherited from his father and mother) was built upon false worship, conspiracies, murders, and treacheries.
king Ahaziah of Judah: “Hanging out with the Wrong People” You see, hanging out with the wrong people can get you in trouble. Ahaziah (king of Judah) got in his chariot and rode with Joram (king of Israel) to meet up with Jehu. Unlike his grandfather (king Jehoshaphat of Judah, who was righteous), Ahaziah did not obey the LORD’s commandments and he did not ask advice from the true prophet of GOD. In fact, he didn’t have sense to size-up the situation and run fast as a jack rabbit away from Jehu (who was driving his chariot like a wild man on a mission).
(1) Ahaziah made king by the people: After the death of his father (king Jehoram, the firstborn of king Jehoshaphat) “…the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah (the youngest son of king Jehoram, the king of Judah.” (II Chronicles 22:1) FYI: king Jehoram (king Ahaziah’s father) was wicked and he died about forty (40) years old from an incurable bowel disease, “…the Lord smote him [Jehoram)] in his bowels with an incurable disease. And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickeness…” (II Chronicles 21:18-19) FYI: king Jehoram’s wife (Athaliah was the daughter of king Ahab and queen Jezebel) and the mother of his son, Ahaziah. So, we see that Ahaziah was a descendant of very bad seeds!
(2) king Ahaziah’s death was brought on by God: Next, Jehu kills Ahaziah, “And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for when he was come he went out with Jehoram [a.k.a. Joram] against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab. And he [Jehu] sought Ahaziah and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria) and brought him to Jehu and when they had slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat,, who sought the Lord with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.” (II Chronicles 22:9)
(3) More deaths for the House of Ahaziah: “And it came to pass that when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slew them.” (II Chronicles 22:7-8)
DEATH TO THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF AHAB:
In I Kings 22:34-35, we saw the death of king Ahab, “And a certain man [JEHU] drew a bow at a venture and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand and carry me out of the host for I am wounded. …the battle increased that day and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot…”
Next we shall see God’s Word against the House of Ahab. “Two Letters sent to Rulers in Samaria” Jehu wrote two letters and sent them to the rulers in Samaria.
The first letter said, “Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master’s [Ahab’s] sons are with you and there are with you chariots, horses, a fenced city and armor, Look [pick out] even out the best of your master’s sons and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.” (II Kings 10:2-3)
The second letter said, “If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master’s sons, and come to me in Jezreel by tomorrow this time. Now the king’s sons being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city which brought them up. And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel. And there came a messenger, and told him, saying They have brought the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.” (II Kings 10:6-8)
(1) Jehu’s trickery executing GOD’s Divine Plan for the House of Ahab: Actually, Jehu “played the people” but his main intent was to obey and execute the Word of the LORD GOD! Truthfully, Jehu was GOD’s executioner! When morning came (after the heads of Ahab’s seventy sons were piled up), Jehu said to all the people, “Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master [king Ahab, as Jehu was a captain in the army] and slew him: but who slew all these [Ahab’s 70 sons]? Knowing now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the Word of the Lord, which the Lord spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the Lord hath done that which he spake by his servant Elijah. So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.” (II Kings 10:8-11)
Unfortunately, Jehu did not have a machine gun or automatic weapons. Instead, Jehu killed perpetrators with a swift bow and arrow. Also, Jehu had his own personal driver, chariot and horses, a multitude of horse driven chariots, an army of mighty warriors, foot soldiers, and other designing techniques.
Jehu had his own unique methods of carrying out his commission from God against king Ahab’s family. In reference to king Ahab’s 70 sons, Jehu challenged the great men of the city, “Now the king’s sons being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city which brought them up. And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.” (II Kings 10:6-8) However, these great men of Samaria were not commissioned by God to execute His Word (only Jehu was commissioned). For this reason, Jehu said, “…but who slew all these?…” (II Kings 10:8-11) Consequently, the men who cut off the heads of king Ahab’s 70 sons were executed by king Jehu; so they paid with their lives.
(2) God’s Word Shall Not Return Unto Him Void:
Prophet Isaiah put down on paper God’s Word concerning Himself, “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) God allows the carrier of His Word freedom of movement, various methods of deliberation, different types of transportation, and various forms of execution; but God’s Word is accomplished and it does not return unto Him void.
Prophet Elijah’s direct prediction of gloom to king Ahab came true, “Word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite , saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it…Behold I will bring evil upon thee and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall and him that is shut up and left in Israel…The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel…” (I Kings 21:17-23) At the time Elijah visited Samaria, king Ahab was walking around (with his big greedy feet) in Naboth’s vineyard and Elijah dropped the bomb on him!
king Jehu’ reminded the people about God’s Word, “Knowing now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the Word of the Lord, which the Lord spake concerning the house of Ahab…” (II Kings 10:8-11)
COMMENTS FOR US TOAY: When the LORD GOD gets tired of folk operating in their own power and might, HE will do something about it! You may be looking at the leaders in the World and how some are using their powers launching missiles into the air and down into the Earth (causing man-made earthquakes).
The World leaders have gone mad and the LORD will deal with each of them in HIS own time! Some of these monsters are shooting down commercial airplanes….some are killing people (innocent civilians – babies, young children, teenagers, young/old women, young/old men, animals, plants, vegetation, blowing up cities, towns, and countries, etc.) with chemical weapons…other world leaders are dragging folks off to jail, yanking them from their jobs and families, hog-tying them, stripping them naked, beating them with clubs, and casting them into prisons without legal representation and trial before honest judges. In some countries, there is no freedom of speech. If a person says, “I don’t like what the government is doing,” he or she will disappear forever without a trace. How can dictators take it upon their shoulders to be play GOD? There is only One God, One True Ruler, and One Judge, THE ALMIGHTY GOD!
No matter how we try to escape the Word of God, we shall never be rid of THE ALMIGHTY GOD! Again, I ask, “PART III: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”
Have a Blessed Day!