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Saturday, June 14 2014
2 Kings 9: Jehu and Jezebel
"Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD ... 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"
Jehu was the tenth king of the northern Kingdom of Israel (see Kings of Israel and Judah). He was the son of Jehoshaphat, and grandson of Nimshi, although, according to ancient custom, he is sometimes referred to as the son of Nimshi.
Jehu is first recorded in Bible history as a soldier in wicked King Ahab's army (see Ahab Of Israel), however the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) commanded Elijah to anoint Jehu king over Israel (see Elijah's Journey To Mount Sinai), which was later completed through Elisha, who was designated by the LORD as Elijah's successor after Elijah was taken away to retirement (see Where Did That Chariot Of Fire Take Elijah?).
Jehu's rise to power was one of the bloodiest in Israel's history. It was however in obedience to the command of the LORD to destroy the corrupt and wicked "leaders" (see What Do Leaders Do?) who were committing many murders and atrocities: "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" (e.g. see Naboth's Vineyard).
"9:1 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: 9:2 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; 9:3 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.
Jehu then went to Jezreel, as commanded by the LORD. Ahab had already been killed (see the Fact Finder question below), but Jehu ended the royal line of Ahab (see Israelite Dynasties) through his son Joram (he is recorded as both "Joram" and "Jehoram"). When Joram came out of the city in his chariot to meet Jehu, he was shot with an arrow and killed by Jehu himself. Joram was the first king that Jehu killed that day.
"9:14 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. 9:15 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. 9:16 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.
When the king of Judah, Ahaziah, who also happened to still be there because he was allied with Joram, saw what was happening, he fled in his chariot, but he too was hit with an arrow. He later died in Megiddo.
"9:27 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. 9:28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David. 9:29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah." (2 Kings 9:27-29 KJV)
Then came the LORD's sentence upon Jezebel, just as it had upon Ahab (see the Fact Finder question below).
"9:30 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. 9:31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?
Fact Finder: Why were Ahab and Jezebel sentenced with dogs? What did they do to someone with dogs?
This Day In History, June 14
1158: Munchen (rendered in English as Munich), the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, was founded by Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Lowe).
1215: The Magna Carta (Latin for Great Charter), a key document in British constitutional history, was issued by King John at Runnymede.
1285: Forces led by Prince Tran Quang Khai of Vietnam's Tran Dynasty destroyed the invading Mongol fleet in a naval battle at Chuong Duong.
1287: Kublai Khan defeated the Nayan and other Borjigin princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria (see also Gog and Magog_.
1381: Richard II of England met leaders of the Peasants' Revolt (which was incited by the sermons of a communist preacher, and led by a roofer, Wat Tyler) on Blackheath.
1645: The Battle of Naseby during the English Civil War; 12,000 Royalists were defeated by 15,000 Parliamentarians.
1789: Captain William Bligh and 18 others who had been cast adrift after the mutiny on the HMS Bounty reached Timor in the East Indies after a voyage of nearly 4,000 miles in an open boat.
1807: The Battle of Friedland during the Napoleonic Wars.
1919: British pilots Johns Williams Alcock and Arthur Witten Brown took off from St. John's, Newfoundland, on the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1940: The Swastika was hoisted on the Eiffel Tower as the German army entered and occupied Paris.
1940: Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, was opened near German-occupied Krakow, Poland. Before its liberation by the Allies in 1945, over 3 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered there.
1941: During the Second World War, on the eve of the allied invasion of German-threatened Syria (then in Vichy control), Jewish troops engaged Arab and Vichy forces.
1947: The dates of the alleged "Roswell UFO incident" whereby a UFO crash lands in Roswell, New Mexico.
1962: The European Space Research Organisation was established in Paris. It was later renamed the European Space Agency.
1966: The Vatican in Rome announced that its "Index of Prohibited Books" (created by Pope Paul IV in 1557) had been abolished.
1967: China detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
1982: Argentina surrendered to Britain after a 74-day conflict for the Falkland Islands.
1982: Following their initial success in "Operation Peace For Galilee" in Lebanon, Israel continued the campaign there with the start of weeks of "Operation Big Pines" to drive Yasser Arafat and the PLO out of Lebanon.
1989: Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was made an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
2002: The steroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 121,000 kilometers (75,000 miles), about 1/3 of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.