Epistles of Thomas

August 31, 2009

2 Kings 10-12

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 23:28
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Chapter 10 begins the recounting of Jehu’s diligence in slaughtering all of the members of Ahab’s family. He quickly persuaded the city officials to kill Ahab’s 70 sons and then went on to Samaria to kill all who were left of Ahab’s family. Jehu then called all the worshippers of Baal to meet together for a celebration. However, he was instead ensuring that they would all gather together so that he could have them slaughtered. This was accomplished and Baal worship was wiped out in Israel. Unfortunately, “he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit—the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan” (10:29).

Meanwhile in Judah after Ahaziah died his mother, Athaliah, seized power and attempted to wipe out the rest of the royal family in order to secure her rule. Fortunately for Judah a baby son named Joash was rescued. When he was seven years old he was placed on the throne at the instigation of Jehoiada the priest. Athaliah was killed and then they destroyed the temple of Baal and killed the priest. Joash followed the advice of the priest and although he did not destroy the high places he did order the repair of the temple complex. He died at the hands of his officials, who assassinated him. Obviously not everyone appreciated having a more righteous king on the throne.

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