2 Kings 8-9 part 5
2 Kings 8:1 Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, "Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the LORD has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years."† 2 So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years.† 3 It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land.† 4 Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, "Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done."† 5 Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, "My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life."† 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, "Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now."
We learn more about this Shunammite woman who was willing to go out of her way to provide for Elisha. This story also shows us that that 2 Kings is not always in chronological order because these events must have taken place before 2 Kings 5 where Naaman was healed of his leprosy and the reason is because Gehazi was made a leper for lying to Naaman and Elisha. But, in our text, he is called the servant of Elisha and he talking directly to the King, which indicates to me that he does not have leprosy yet because a king wouldnít be inclined to be near a man with leprosy. In this continuation, we find Elisha is taking care of this woman once again. First, he warned about the 7 year famine and because of her association with Elisha, the King was willing to restore all that belonged to her.
2 Kings 8:7 Then
Elisha went to
†Last week we learned that Ben-Hadad was trying to capture Elisha, but now
he is seeking his favor. He sends his servant Hazel with 40 camel loads of
goods as a gift offering for Elisha to tell him of his fate. He wanted to know
if he would live or die. Now, Elisha new what was on this servants mind and
that he already knew that he was going to deceive and kill his master. This is
why Elisha, tells him to go ahead and tell your master he will recover, but the
Lord lets Elisha know that Ben-Hadad is going to die by the hands this servant.
You can tell that Hazael was guilty as charged because he would not look Elisha
in the eyes and then Elisha began to cry because God also revealed to him how
this servant would become King and how he would inflict devastation on the
2 Kings 8:14 Then he departed from Elisha, and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" And he answered, "He told me you would surely recover."† 15 But it happened on the next day that he took a thick cloth and dipped it in water, and spread it over his face so that he died; and Hazael reigned in his place.†
Just as Elisha had said, Hazael deceives Ben_Hadad and then kills him the next day.
In verses 16 Ė 24 we are
given a quick summary of what happened during Jehoramís reign who was the son
of Jehoshaphat. It can get very confusing because sometimes Jehoram is called
Joram. The reason this is confusing is because the king of
2 Chronicles 21:1 And
Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the
This shows you how much influence a wife can have on her husband. Even though Jhosphat was a god fearing man and was most likely a good example to his son. His influence was overridden by this daughter of Ahabís. So, he kills his brothers in cold blood. Even though God was not pleased with his behavior, he would not destroy the house of David. This shows that God keeps his covenants and he is very merciful.
2 Chronicles 21:8 In his
days the Edomites revolted against
So, he fights against the Edomites for their rebellions, but the worse thing he does is leading is nation away from God by return them back to idol worship. These events happened while Elijah was still on this earth as we are about to see.
2 Chronicles 21:12 And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus says the LORD God of your father David: Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah,† 13 but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot like the harlotry of the house of Ahab, and also have killed your brothers, those of your father's household, who were better than yourself,† 14 behold, the LORD will strike your people with a serious affliction -- your children, your wives, and all your possessions;† 15 and you will become very sick with a disease of your intestines, until your intestines come out by reason of the sickness, day by day.
God would keep
2 Chronicles 21:16
Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the
Arabians who were near the Ethiopians.†
17 And they came up into Judah and invaded it, and carried
away all the possessions that were found in the king's house, and also his sons
and his wives, so that there was not a son left to him except Jehoahaz, the
youngest of his sons.† 18
After all this the LORD struck him in his intestines with an incurable
disease.† 19 Then it happened
in the course of time, after the end of two years, that his intestines came out
because of his sickness; so he died in severe pain. And his people made no
burning for him, like the burning for his fathers.† 20 He was thirty-two years old
when he became king. He reigned in
It is a shame that Jehoram chose to oppose God and be bad king. Not only did his family pay for his choice, but he suffered with this internal disease for two years that caused him great pain. There shows us there isnít any advantage in opposing God.
2 Kings 9:1 And
Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him,
"Get yourself ready, take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth
Gilead.† 2 "Now when you
arrive at that place, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of
Nimshi, and go in and make him rise up from among his associates, and take him
to an inner room.† 3
"Then take the flask of oil, and pour it on his head, and say,
'Thus says the LORD: "I have anointed you king over
Jehu is going to be the next king of Israel, but interesting is that Elijah was originally told to anoint Jehu as King back in 1 Kings 19:16, but he passed this responsibility on to Elisha and Elisha has one of the sons of the prophets actually do the anointing. Now, I am not for sure why he is told to anoint and run, but maybe is for his safety.
2 Kings 9:4 So the
young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth Gilead.† 5 And when he arrived, there were
the captains of the army sitting; and he said, "I have a message for
you, Commander." Jehu said, "For which one of us?" And he
said, "For you, Commander."† 6
Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and
said to him, "Thus says the LORD God of
So, this servant of Elisha does as he is told and he anoints Jehu. Now, I want you to image yourself as Jehu. There you are minding your own business when a man comes and anoints you with oil and gives you a word from God. Can you imagine how overwhelmed you would have felt knowing that God wants you to be king and how you must kill the household that you have been loyal to? You know this had to be shocking to him. God had promised this would happen to Ahabís household back in 1 Kings 21:21-26. It would have happened sooner if Ahab had not repented. Because of his repentance, God put off the destruction of his household until now under Joramís reign as king. This would be the end of his family just as was the end of house of Jeroboam (1 Kings 15:29) and the house of Baasha (1 Kings 16:9-12).
2 Kings 9:11 Then
Jehu came out to the servants of his master, and one said to him, "Is
all well? Why did this madman come to you?" And he said to them,
"You know the man and his babble."†
12 And they said, "A lie! Tell us now." So he said,
"Thus and thus he spoke to me, saying, 'Thus says the LORD: "I have
anointed you king over
These servants consider this man of God as a madman. It not uncommon for people to think of these prophets as being crazy because they tell them things they donít think will happen. In a similar way, some view Christians as being crazy because they have such a passion for proclaiming the truth. At first Jehu tries to deny that that message said anything, but the servant knew better and they wanted to know the truth. So, he tells them and they quickly accept the word of this man as being true. They show their excitement and dedication to Jehu by putting the garments under him and blowing the trumpet and proclaiming him King.
2 Kings 9:14 So Jehu
the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, conspired against Joram. (Now Joram
had been defending Ramoth Gilead, he and all
We find out that Joram is injured as they were battling the Syrians and he go to Jezreel to recover and the king Judah comes to visit him. In the meantime Jehu orders no one to reveal that he has been anointed king because if word got out there would be a civil war until one king was dead. He wanted to avoid this, so he makes his way to Jezreel so he can kill Joram.
2 Kings 9:17 Now a watchman stood on the tower in Jezreel, and he saw the company of Jehu as he came, and said, "I see a company of men." And Joram said, "Get a horseman and send him to meet them, and let him say, 'Is it peace?' "† 18 So the horseman went to meet him, and said, "Thus says the king: 'Is it peace?' " And Jehu said, "What have you to do with peace? Turn around and follow me." So the watchman reported, saying, "The messenger went to them, but is not coming back."† 19 Then he sent out a second horseman who came to them, and said, "Thus says the king: 'Is it peace?' " And Jehu answered, "What have you to do with peace? Turn around and follow me."† 20 So the watchman reported, saying, "He went up to them and is not coming back; and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously!"
When they see Jehu coming they sounded the alarms and sent out a messenger to find out if this was a peaceful visit. When the 1st man failed to return a second was sent and he didnít return either. Now, Jehu and his men were driving their horses as hard and as fast as they could to Jezreel.
2 Kings 9:21 Then
Joram said, "Make ready." And his chariot was made ready. Then Joram
Now, you would think that
Joram would have figured out that something was wrong when both of his
messengers did not return, but apparently it did not. We find the king himself
and the king of
We also see there would be no peace as long a Jezebel was alive because she was wicked women who had helped cause the children of Israel to turn away from God and to embrace other Godís, which was consider as adultery in Godís eyes.
2 Kings 9:27 But
when Ahaziah king of
Not only did Jehu kill
Joram, he also killed Ahaziah king of
2 Kings 9: 29
In the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab, Ahaziah had become king over
So, Jehu makes his way to where Jezebel is and upon hearing he was coming she dresses herself up. When she see him coming into the gate she wants to know if he is coming in peace and then she calls him Zimri, murder of your master. She was comparing him to Zimri who had murdered his master Baasha in 1 Kings 16 and who ended up only reigning as king for 7 days before he took his own life. Jehu didnít respond to her, but he commanded some eunuchs to throw her down to her death and she was trampled by the horses. Jehu was used to bloodshed and brutality because he immediately goes and eats and drinks. The he started thinking about Jezebel and decided she should have proper burial because she was the daughter of the king of Sidonians. Not only was she a daughter of a king she was the wife king Ahab, the mother of king Joram of Israel, the grandmother of king Ahaziah of Israel and mother-in-law of king Jehoram of Judah. But, by the time the went to go bury her body the dogs had already eaten most it just as Elijah had said it would happen in 1 Kings 21:23. So, Jehu has accomplished what God has asked him to do so far, but as you will see he is not finished yet.
This lesson shows us that God is always working in the background using his providence to bring about his will. When God makes a promise, no mater how specific it is it will come to pass. Finally, these two chapters are great proof text for what is said in,
Daniel 2:21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.