2 Kings 9: Jezebel is killed

Synopsis:

Elisha has one of the children of the prophets go to Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat and pour oil on him and declare he will be king over all Israel and then they fled. He is ordered to smite the hose of Ahab. The dogs shall eat Jezebel and there shall be none to bury her. Jehu goes out to the servants; they blow trumpets and declare him king. Jehu conspires against Joram of Israel, who is in Jezreel heeling. Ahaziah, king of Judah, nephew of Jehu is visiting him. Jehu rides furiously to Jezreel. Joram and Ahaziah come out to meet him and ask him if he is coming in peace. The answer is no. What peace, so long as the whoredoms of your mother Jezebel are so many? Joram flees. Jehu draws his bow and sends an arrow between his arms. It came out through his heart.  Ahaziah sees this and flees, but Jehu follows him and smote him also. Ahaziah flees to Megiddo and dies there. Jezebel is now aware of what Jehu is doing. He looks up to the window of the servants of Jezebel and asks, who is on my side. Two or three eunichs throw Jezebel down. She is trampled under the feet of the horses. Jehu enters the palace and eats and drinks and then tells the servants to bury Jezebel, but there is nothing left but her skull.

In other words:

Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat kills Jezebel and the other kings and takes over.

Favorite bit:

2 Kings 9:3 – Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the Lord, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee and tarry not.

Least favorite bit:

2 Kings 9:33: And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. (Very graphic, very disturbing)

Most interesting bit:

Ahaziah is the nephew of Jehu. So his brother had become king and he plots against his nephew and when he can kill both his nephew and the king of Israel he does it. Very clever.

Best comeback:

2 Kings 9:22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?

Moral Lesson Learned:

Be strategic about WHEN you act (2 Kings 9)