6 Oct. 2 Kings 9:30-37

6 Oct.  The death of Jezebel

“When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard about it. She put on her eye paint and fixed her hair. Then she looked out of the window. When Jehu entered the city gate, Jezebel said, ‘Have you come in peace, you Zimri, you who killed your master?’”

“Jehu looked up at the window and said, ‘Who is on my side? Who?’ Two or three servants looked out the window at Jehu. He said to them, ‘Throw her down.’ So they threw Jezebel down, and the horses ran over her. Some of her blood splashed on the wall and on the horses.”

“Jehu went into the house and ate and drank. Then he said, ‘Now see about this cursed woman. Bury her, because she is a king’s daughter.’ The men went to bury Jezebel, but they could not find her. They found only her skull, feet and the palms of her hands.”

“When they came back and told Jehu, he said, ‘The LORD did this through his servant Elijah the Tishbite: “The dogs will eat Jezebel at Jezreel. Her body will be like manure on the field in the land at Jezreel. No one will be able to say that this is Jezebel.”’”

          (2 Kings 9:30-37)

 

 

Having seized the throne of Israel by killing King Joram, and having pursued King Ahaziah of Judah to his death, Jehu then moved back to Jezreel and entered the city.

As Jehu entered Jezreel, Jezebel looked down from the window of her palace apartment, and poured scorn on him. Jehu ordered her servants to throw Jezebel down from the window of her apartment, and the dogs ate her body by the wall of Jezreel in fulfilment of Elijah’s prophesy (see 1 Kings 21:23).

In the following chapter (2 Kings 10:1-36), Jehu ordered the death of seventy princes descended from Ahab and all of Ahab’s family in Samaria. He then set off for Samaria to claim the throne. At Beth Eked (‘Shepherd's camp’) he slaughtered forty two relatives of Ahaziah of Judah.

On arriving at Samaria, King Jehu summoned all the prophets of Baal, then killed them when they come to sacrifice. He destroyed the temple of Baal in Samaria and restored the worship of the LORD.

During the twenty eight year reign of Jehu as King of Israel (842-813BC), King Hazael of Syria gradually conquered the land of Gilead east of the River Jordan from Aroer in the Arnon Gorge north to Bashan.

The magnificent black obelisk of Shalmaneser III of Assyria, on display in the British Museum in London, shows a tribute of gold and silver being brought in 841BC from King Jehu of Israel to the Assyrian king, whose influence expanded gradually further west at this time.

The photo shows Israeli tribute bearers on the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III.

You can read more about the reign of King Jehu @ https://thebiblejourney.org/biblejourney2/32-the-divided-kingdom-amp-journey-into-exile/jehu-races-to-jezreel-to-depose-king-joram/


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