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Week 19 Day 6
Idolatry is the worship of things we can see
instead of worshiping
the invisible God
in whose image we are made
and who resides in our spirit
We can only see God with eyes of faith.
In his day Elijah had put all the prophets of Baal to death
Now Jehu does it again for his generation.
In Israel, Ahab had a son Jehoram, also called Joram.
In Judah, Jehosaphat also named his son Jehoram
this Jehoram married Ahab's daughter Athaliah
and succeeded his father on the throne.
This Jehoram was a brother to Jehu
who commanded the armies of Judah.
He and Athaliah had a son Ahaziah who became king of Judah
and was friends with king Joram of Israel.
So while one brother married into Ahab's family and befriended Israel,
the other brother, Jehu, plotted to rid Israel of Ahab's posterity and evil influence.
Jehu was uncle to Ahaziah
and Joram was his brother's brother-in-law.
Athaliah, Ahab's daughter and therefore from Israel, succeeded her son to the throne and became queen of Judah.
ZEAL FOR THE LORD Jehu purged the land, killing God's enemies. II Kings 9 &10
25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, 14Jehu the
son of Jehoshaphat, conspired against Joram. 16So Jehu rode
in a chariot and went to Jezreel, for Joram was laid up there;
and Ahaziah of Judah had come down to see Joram. 17Now
a watchman on the tower in Jezreel saw the company of Jehu
as he came. And Joram said, "Get a horseman and send him
to meet them, and say, 'Is it peace?'" 18The horseman went
and said, "Thus says the king: 'Is it peace?'" Jehu said, "What
have you to do with peace? Turn and follow me."
So the watchman reported, "The messenger went to them,
but is not coming back." 19Then he sent out a second horseman
who came to them, and said, "Is it peace?" Jehu answered,
"Turn around and follow me." 20The watchman reported,
"He went up to them and is not coming back; and the driving
is like the driving of Jehu, for he drives furiously!"
21Joram said, "Make ready." Then Joram and Ahaziah went,
each in his chariot; and they met Jehu on the property of Naboth
the Jezreelite. 22When Joram saw Jehu, he said, "Is it peace,
Jehu?" So he answered, "What peace, as long as the harlotries
of your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft are so many?"
23Then Joram turned around and fled, and said to Ahaziah,
"Treachery!" 24Now Jehu drew his bow with full strength and
shot Joram between his arms; and he sank down in his chariot.
Jehu said, "Throw him into the field of Naboth. For the Lord
laid this burden upon him: 26'Surely I saw the blood of Naboth
and his sons,' says the Lord, 'and I will repay you in this plot.'"
30When Jezebel heard it, she put paint on her eyes, adorned
her head, and looked through a window. 31As Jehu entered the
gate, she said, "Is it peace?" 32He looked up and said, "Who is on my side?" So two or three eunuchs looked out at him. 33He
said, "Throw her down." They threw her down, and some of her
blood spattered on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot.
18Then Jehu said, "Ahab served Baal a little, Jehu will serve
him much. 19Call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants,
and all his priests. Let no one be missing." But Jehu acted
deceptively, with the intent of destroying the worshipers of Baal.
25As soon as he had made an end of the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guard, "Go in and kill them, let no one come out!"
27They tore down the temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump. 28Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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