Jehu recognized his faith and asked “Are you with me?”  Jehonadab said yes and they joined forced. Notwithstanding all this apparent zeal for the worship of Jehovah, Jehu yet tolerated the worship of the golden calves at Dan and Bethel. Jehu and his descendants Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jereboam II and Zachariah ruled Israel for 102 years. The bad boy Jehu who put the pedal to the metal, destroyed the Baal worshipers, and did away with old wicked Jezebel ended up not being true to the God that anointed him as ruler. For the biblical prophet, see, The tribute of "Jehu of the people of the land of, Jezreel and the deaths of Jehoram and Jezebel, Jehu's father was not the roughly contemporaneous King, List of biblical figures identified in extra-biblical sources, The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings, List of Jewish leaders in the Land of Israel, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jehu&oldid=980071103, Articles containing Akkadian-language text, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 September 2020, at 12:31. By James W. Goll Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 “You [Jehu] shall strike the house of Ahab your 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.” 2 Kings 9:7 NASB Still less can the craft and violence be condoned by which, when he reached Samaria, Jehu evinced his "zeal for Yahweh" (2 Kings 10:16) in the extirpation of the worshippers of Baal. Jehu gathered all the usual suspects of idol worship and led them to believe that he, too, was a Baal worshiper. He then entered on a work of extermination hitherto unparalleled in the history of the Jewish monarchy. This was, remember, Jehu. God meant life to be a shared experience, especially when there is a battle to be fought.

JEHU je’ hu (יֵה֔וּא, LXX ̓Ιου, Assyrian Jaua, it is Jah [who is God], in witness against polytheism [Noth, Israelitische Personennamen 15ff., 143; for the form, see Elihu; Abihu]).The name of a Judahite prophet, of an Israelite king, a member of a clan of Jerahmeel (1 Chron 2:38), one of a band of migrating Simeonites and a Benjamite who joined David (). His next step was to secure Samaria. The son of Obed, and father of Azariah ( 1 Chronicles 2:38). Jezebel watched him with contempt from the palace window and mockingly compared him to King Zimri. The chief sacrifice was offered, as if in the excess of his zeal, by Jehu himself. The destruction of the house of Ahab is commended by the author of 2 Kings as a form of divine punishment. 884-856. Jehu invited him to see His zeal for the Lord. ( 2 Kings 9:24 ) Jehu himself advanced to the gates of Jezreel and fulfilled the divine warning on Jezebel as already on Jehoram. Jehu son of Hanani; a prophet of Judah, but whose ministrations were chiefly directed to Israel. Jehu. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Both belong to the year 842 BC and relate to Jehu. Jehu's answer was an appeal for aid from those within. It was in fulfillment of this doom that Jehu at that time ordered the body of the slain Jehoram to be thrown into the enclosure which had once been Naboth's (2 Kings 9:26). Then, doubtless to the amazement of many, Jehu proclaimed himself an enthusiastic follower of Baal.

Jehu was an intrepid minister of judgment, but the pitiless zeal, needless cruelty, and, afterward, deceit, with which he executed his mission, withdraw our sympathy from him, as it did that of a later prophet (Hosea 1:4). Now this warrior is used, despite himself, for God’s purposes in this moment. Jehu is now going up to Samaria with the resolve to destroy the prophets of Baal firmly rooted in his heart. With this accord the further notices of Israel in the inscriptions of Shalmaneser II, two in number. ( 2 Chronicles 20:34 ) A man of Judah of the house of Hezron. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International. It is possible that Jehu came to Megiddo or its neighborhood, and had to do with his end there. Required fields are marked *. It is in another direction, namely, to the annals of Assyria, we have to look for any further information we possess on the reign of Jehu In these annals, fortunately, some interesting notices are preserved. Hazael and Jehu had already been named to Elijah as the persons who were to execute the Divine judgment, the one as king of Syria, the other as king of Israel (1 Kings 19:15-17). "Entry for 'JEHU'". The slaughter of Jehoram was at once followed by that of the chief instigator of all the crimes for which the house of Ahab suffered--the queen-mother Jezebel.

Two or three eunuchs of the palace gave signs of their concurrence. Orr, James, M.A., D.D. His accession may be reckoned at circa 752 BC (some date a few years later). The point of interest is that from this time Israel was evidently a tributary of Assyria. At Jezreel he was visited by Ahaziah, of Judah, who had taken part with him in the war (2 Kings 8:28,29; 9:16). He enjoyed the life of power and passion in the company of demons, perhaps never considering that there would be a price to pay for his world view. As they came within sight of the city, a watchman reported their advance, and messengers were sent to inquire as to their errand. The vast temple raised by Ahab, ( 1 Kings 16:32 ) was crowded from end to end. Jehu proceeded to enter the premises of the palace at Jezreel.

The rebellion and witchcraft of his mother Jezebel caused him to be the focus of target practice. Jehoram was wounded and returned to Jezreel to recover. Now master of Jezreel, Jehu wrote to command the chief men in Samaria to hunt down and kill all of the royal princes. ( 2 Kings 9:25 ) In the reigns of Ahaziah and Jehoram, Jehu rose to importance. The time was now ripe for the execution of the predicted vengeance on the house of Ahab, and to Elisha the prophet, the successor of Elijah, it fell to take the decisive step which precipitated the crisis. Elijah was doubtless aware of this commission, which it was now his part, as respected Jehu, to fulfill.