Week #53; Wed, Jan 02, 2019, 2 Kings 9:1-14:29

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Elisha, the prophet, continues to be and instrument of the Lord, working the will of the Lord on the tribes of Israel and Judah.
2. The word of the Lord carryover between Elijah and Elisha is evident following the death of Jezebel pertaining to the disposition of her remains.
3. The record of the kings of Israel and Judah runs relatively parallel with one another, flipping back and forth as the reign flows between kings and the acts of good or evil impact the people and their relationship with the Lord.
4. The Lord gave the people a “savior” (in the form of a good king) when he saw them suffering at the hands of their enemy.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
2 Kings 9, Jehu is King in Israel
1. Elisha, the prophet, sends a son of a prophet, to Ramoth-gilead to find Jehu and anoint him with oil, saying, “Thus says the Lord, I anoint you king over Israel.”
2. The young man told Jehu that he must strike down the house of Ahab his master and cut off all male, bond and free, to avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord.
3. So, Jehu conspired against King Joram going to Jezreel where the king lay wounded from this battle with Hazael, king of Syria.
4. Ahaziah, king of Judah had come down to visit Joram when Jehu’s company arrived at Jezreel.
5. As Jehu and his company approached, riders were dispatched to determine if Jehu’s intentions were peaceful; the riders were ordered to fall in behind Jehu as he was driving his chariot furiously to Jezreel.
6. Then Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah set out, each in his chariot.
7. When Joram saw Jehu, he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?”
8. Jehu answered, “What peace can there be, so long as the whorings and the sorceries of your mother Jezebel are so many?”
9. As Joram turned and fled, Jehu struck him with an arrow in the heart and he died in his chariot and he was buried on the plot of ground of Naboth the Jezreelite in accordance with the word of the Lord.
10. As Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled in the direction of Beth-haggan, but Jehu commanded he be shot also; he was wounded in his chariot and he fled to Megiddo where he died and was carried to Jerusalem for burial.
11. When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel inquired if he came in peace, but Jehu told her servants to throw her down and they did, killing her.
12. Jehu ate and drank then commanded his servants to go and bury Jezebel, for she was a king’s daughter; but they only found her head, feet, and hands per the word of the Lord which he spoke by Elijah: “the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the territory of Jezreel.”

2 Kings 10, Jehu kills Ahab’s Descendants
1. First, Jehu called for the heads of 70 of Ahab’s sons, demanding the people of Samaria bring them to Jezreel; when delivered, Jehu also killed all the house of Ahab as the word of the Lord spoke concerning the house of Ahab to Elijah.
2. Second, Jehu set out for Samaria and on the way he met the 42 relatives of Ahaziah, king of Judah and he slaughtered them, sparing none of them.
3. Third, Jehu met Jehonadab saying “come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord and as they came to Samaria they struck down all that remained to Ahab in Samaria according to the word of the Lord that he spoke to Elijah.
4. Fourth, Jehu called all the prophets of Baal to him pretending to seek to make sacrifice in worship; however, upon their arrival at the house of Baal, the full house was put to the sword and the pillar of Baal was burned along with the house.
5. Fifth, Jehu did all that was commanded by the word of the Lord through the prophets Elijah and Elisha except for failing to destroy the two golden calves that were in Bethel and Dan; he did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.
6. Sixth, the Lord began to cut off parts of Israel during the 28 years Jehu reigned in Israel.
7. Seventh, Jehoahaz, his son, reigned in his place.

2 Kings 11, Athaliah is ruler in Judah
1. Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, killed all the royal family when she discovered that her son was dead; however, Joash was hidden from her by Jehosheba, daughter of King Joram.
2. Jehosheba hid Joash for six years while Athaliah reigned over the land.
3. But, in the seventh year, Jehoiada, the priest, proclaimed Joash king.
4. Athaliah was put to death and Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and the people.
5. Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and tore it down breaking his altars and his images into pieces while killing Mattan, the priest of Baal, before the altars.
6. Joash took his seat on the throne of the kings.

2 Kings 12, Jehoash become king of Judah and Jehoash Repairs the Temple
1. Jehoash was only seven years old when he began to reign in Judah and he reigned for 40 years in Jerusalem.
2. Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord; Jehoiada the priest instructed him, but nevertheless, the high places were not taken away and the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places.
3. Jehoash said to the priests, take all the money of the holy things ‘that is brought into the house of the Lord, the money for which each man is assessed and the money that a man’s heart prompts him to bring into the house of the Lord, and repair the house as needed.
4. But the priests did not do any repairs on the house of the Lord for 23 years during the reign of Jehoash; the king stopped them from taking any more money from the people and required them to hand it over to workmen for the repair of the house.
5. However, no money was spent for the house of the Lord for basins, snuffers, bowls, trumpets, or vessels of gold and silver for that was given to the workmen who were repairing the house without an accounting.
6. The workers dealt honestly; the money from offerings belonged to the priests.
7. At that time Hazael, king of Syria, went up against Gath and took it; when he turned toward Jerusalem, Jehoash, king of Judah took all sacred gifts and all the gold in the treasuries, and sent them to Hazael.
8. Hazael went away from Jerusalem; but, not surprisingly, Joash’s servants arose and struck down Joash and he died.
9. Amaziah, his son, reigned in his place.

2 Kings 13, Jehoahaz, then Jehoash become king of Israel and Elisha Dies
1. Jehoahaz, son of Joau, began his reign in Samaria for 17 years and he did evil in the sight of the Lord following the sins of Jeroboam which he made Israel to sin; the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.
2. So, the Lord gave Israel continually into the hand of Hazael, king of Syria and into the hand of Ben-hadad, the son of Hazael.
3. But, Jehoahaz then sought the favor of the Lord; the Lord listened to him and empowered him to get out from under the oppression of the Syrians.
4. Nevertheless, the people did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, but walked in them (the Asherah remained in Samaria).
5. The army of Jehoahaz was diminished to not more than 50 horsemen and 10 chariots and 10,000 foot soldiers; the rest were destroyed by the king of Syria.
6. When Jehoahaz died, Joash his son reigned in his place while Jehoash reigned in Israel.
7. Jehoash did evil in the sight of the Lord.
8. But when Elisha fell sick, Joash went to see him and wept.
9. Elisha told Joash to shoot an arrow through an open eastward window and to strike the ground with the arrows; Elisha was angry when Joash only struck the ground three times instead of five or six times.
10. Elisha told Joash that the arrow was the Lords arrow of victory and Joash will only be victorious over the Syrians three times instead of making an end of it.
11. Elisha died and was buried; but while under assault of marauding Moabites, another man was being buried and as soon as his body was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and touched his bones, the man revived and stood on his feet.
12. Hazael, king of Syria, oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz; but the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion on them, and he turned toward them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and would not destroy them.
13. When Hazael died, Jehoash took again from Ben-hadad, son of Hazael, the cities he had taken from Jehoahaz; three times Joash defeated him and recovered the cities of Israel.

2 Kings 14, Amaziah is King in Judah
1. Amaziah was 25 years old when he began to reign in Judah; he reigned 29 years in Jerusalem and he did right in the eyes of the Lord.
2. But, the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.
3. Amaziah followed what is written in the Book of Moses where the Lord commanded, “not to strike down a father because of his children nor to strike down children because of their father.”
4. So, he let live the children of their father who murdered his father.
5. Then Amaziah challenged Jehoash in battle at Beth-shemesh and Amaziah was defeated and captured by the king of Israel.
6. Jehoash, king of Israel, came to Jerusalem destroying a portion of the wall and seized all the gold and silver, and all the vessels in the House of the Lord, and in the king’s house returning to Samaria with many hostages.
7. Jehoash died and was buried in Samaria and Jeroboam his son reigned in his place.
8. Amaziah lived 15 years in Jerusalem after the death of Jehoash; but he fled to Lachish because of a conspiracy against him; he was put to death.
9. Azariah was made king in place of his father when Azariah was only 16.
10. Meanwhile, Jeroboam II began to reign in Samaria for 41 years and he did evil in the sight of the Lord; but, the Lord saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter for there was none left to help Israel.
10. The Lord saved them by the hand of Jeroboam to keep Israel from being blotted out from under heaven.
11. When Jeroboam died, Zechariah his son reigned in his place.

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