Jehoram is the evil king sitting on Judah’s throne. He is married to Athaliah, the daughter of wicked Ahab (former king of Israel). God kills Jehoram due to his wickedness by making his intestines slowly come out during his sickness. Ouch!
Jehoram’s son Ahaziah becomes the next king of Judah and due to the family connections with Israel, Ahaziah is tight with Joram, the son of Ahab and current king of Israel. Ahaziah, king of Judah, visits Joram, king of Israel, when Joram is wounded during a battle with the Syrians. The Lord uses this opportunity to take down both evil kings.
Elijah sends a prophet’s son to a man named Jehu to anoint him as the next king of Israel. Jehu is told to strike down King Joram, son of Ahab and Jezebel, and all of his house “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”. Once again the Lord says, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her”.
Jehu follows through. King Joram is killed and his body is thrown in the vineyard of Naboth. Remember Jezebel had Naboth killed and gave his vineyard to her husband Ahab (1 Kings 21).
So Jehu goes to Jezreel next. Jezebel gets all dolled up for his arrival and hollers at Jehu out the window right before she is thrown out that window, trampled by horses, and eaten by dogs just as the Lord said. 😱
Jehu, still cleaning house, has the heads of the 70 sons of Ahab brought to him, kills everyone else in the house of Ahab, and gathers all of the Baal worshippers and kills them.
Jehu also kills Ahaziah, king of Judah, as well as the sons of his brother who serve him “So the house of Ahaziah had no one to assume power over the kingdom”.
However, Jehu ends up being an evil king as well as he leads all of Israel to worship the golden calves that Jeroboam originally set up in the land of Israel.
Ok. That was a lot of killing. Tomorrow Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah, will take over and rule Judah…she may also get killed. 😬 Keep reading to find out.
(2 Kings 5:1-8:15)