2 Kings 10
-Jehu completes the conquest for his kingdom and the wrath of the LORD against the house of Ahab in this chapter. The seventy sons of Ahab were killed along with all who remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, which included his great men, his acquaintances, and hiss priests (2 Kings 10:7, 11). Jehu also destroyed relatives of Ahaziah, king of Judah on his way back to Samaria at the pit of Beth-eked. There were 42 men in this butchering (2 Kings 10:14). When Jehu came to Samaria, he had allied with Jehonadab, and had zeal for the LORD to take down all who worshipped Baal in the region. By cunning he tramped the prophets of Baal throughout the land and destroyed them as well as desecrated their place of worship to completely eradicate Baal out of Israel (2 Kings 10:15-28).
-This was all well and good with the LORD as He fulfilled His word given by Elijah for the evil house of Ahab (2 Kings 10:10). However, Jehu did not completely depart from the sins of his nation and Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin. The golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan were left alone and not torn down. God was partially pleased with Jehu and gave him a promise to rule for four generations on the throne of Israel because he was faithful to do all God commanded him to the house of Ahab (2 Kings 10:29-30). “But, Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel sin.” Israel continued to slowly and methodically lose territory and during the days of Jehu as part of an eventual spiral downward in power and authority. Jehu did reign for 28 years in Samaria, and then Jehoahaz his son became king in his place (2 Kings 10:31-36).
-*Application* Complete fulfillment and whole hearted devotion is what the LORD requires. Do you want partial blessing like Jehu got, or would you rather have the full blessing like King David received in Judah (2 Samuel 7)? The decision is yours. God fulfills His promises. He is faithful. What He says, He will do. And He will give you favor when you totally surrender to His plans and purposes holding nothing back. Count on His Word in your life!
Verse to Memorize: 2 Kings 10:10, 28