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The Establishment of Jehu

INTRODUCTION: In 2 Kings 9, Jehu kills Jehoram king of Israel, Ahaziah king of Judah, and Jezebel. But he is not through. In this chapter, we see the destruction of the children of Ahab, the brethren of Ahaziah, and the worshippers of Baal. In the end, Jehu is not a godly king. However, he portrays one aspect of the divine character – that of complete and total justice. As Jehu brought the guilty to justice, so will God do in the end. This story stands as a solemn warning to those who scoff at the judgment of God.

    1. Jehus Letters to the Elders of Samaria (2 Kings 10:1-3)
      1. The situation in Samaria (2 Kings 10:1)
        1. Seventy sons of Ahab
        2. The elders of the city over them
      2. The letters of Jehu (2 Kings 10:2-3)
        1. You have a position of strength (2 Kings 10:2).
        2. Set one of Ahabs sons on the throne (2 Kings 10:3).
        3. Fight for your masters house (2 Kings 10:3).
    2. The Elders Offer of Submission to Jehu (2 Kings 10:4-5)
      1. The fear of the elders (2 Kings 10:4)
      2. The submission of the elders (2 Kings 10:5)
        1. We are your servants and will do all you ask.
        2. We will not set anyone up as king.
        3. Do what is good in your eyes.
    3. The Elders Killing of the Sons of Ahab (2 Kings 10:6-7)
      1. The instructions of Jehu (2 Kings 10:6)
        1. Take the heads of your masters sons.
        2. Come to Jezreel by this time tomorrow.
      2. The obedience of the elders (2 Kings 10:7)
        1. They slew seventy of the kings sons.
        2. They put their heads in baskets.
        3. They sent them to Jezreel.
    4. Jehus Disclosure of the Guilt of the Elders (2 Kings 10:8-9)
      1. They laid them in two heaps (2 Kings 10:8).
        1. At the entering in of the gate
        2. Until the morning
      2. The statements of Jehu (2 Kings 10:9)
    5. Jehus Complete Destruction of the House of Ahab (2 Kings 10:10-11)
      1. The Lord will fulfill all His will against the house of Ahab (2 Kings 10:10).
      2. Jehu left none remaining of the house of Ahab (2 Kings 10:11).
    1. Jehu Discovered the Brethren of Ahaziah (2 Kings 10:12-13).
      1. Jehu came to a shearing house in the way (2 Kings 10:12).
      2. Jehu met the brethren of Ahaziah (2 Kings 10:13).
    2. Jehu Destroyed the Brethren of Ahaziah (2 Kings 10:14).
      1. They took them alive and slew them at the shearing house pit.
      2. They killed 42 men.
  3. THE CHARIOT RIDE OF JEHONADAB (2 Kings 10:15-17)
    1. Jehu Took Jehonadab Up into His Chariot (2 Kings 10:15).
      1. Jehu saluted Jehonadab the son of Rechab.
      2. Jehonadab gave him his hand.
      3. Jehu took him up into the chariot.
    2. Jehu Showed Jehonadab His Zeal for the Lord (2 Kings 10:16-17).
      1. Jehu took Jehonadab in the chariot with him (2 Kings 10:16).
      2. Jehu came to Samaria and slew all that remained to Ahab (2 Kings 10:17).
    1. Jehu Called for a Solemn Assembly for Baal (2 Kings 10:18-20).
      1. He claimed he would serve Baal more than Ahab (2 Kings 10:18).
      2. He called all the worshippers of Baal (2 Kings 10:19a).
      3. He announced a great sacrifice for Baal (2 Kings 10:19b).
        1. He promised death to those who did not show up.
        2. He did it subtly to destroy the worshippers of Baal.
      4. He proclaimed a solemn assembly for Baal (2 Kings 10:20).
    2. Jehu Gathered Baal Worshippers into the House of Baal (2 Kings 10:21-23).
      1. All the worshippers of Baal came (2 Kings 10:21a).
      2. They filled the house of Baal (2 Kings 10:21b).
      3. He brought forth the vestments for the worshippers (2 Kings 10:22).
        1. Vestments: the sacred robes that they wore when they worshipped Baal
        2. Vestry: the wardrobe where they kept the vestments
      4. He made sure that only worshippers of Baal were there (2 Kings 10:23).
    3. Jehu Destroyed All the Worshippers of Baal (2 Kings 10:24-25).
      1. Jehu put 80 men to guard the doors (2 Kings 10:24).
      2. The men slew all the worshippers of Baal (2 Kings 10:25).
    4. Jehu Destroyed the Images and House of Baal (2 Kings 10:26-28).
      1. They destroyed the images of Baal (2 Kings 10:26-27a).
      2. They destroyed the house of Baal (2 Kings 10:27b).
      3. They destroyed the worship of Baal (2 Kings 10:28).
  5. THE SUMMARY OF THE REIGN OF JEHU (2 Kings 10:29-36)
    1. The Character of the Reign of Jehu (2 Kings 10:29-31)
      1. He continued to follow the sins of Jeroboam (2 Kings 10:29).
      2. He received a promise from the Lord (2 Kings 10:30).
        1. Because he executed what was right in the eyes of the Lord
        2. His children would reign over Israel unto the fourth generation.
      3. Jehu refused to walk in the law of God with all his heart (2 Kings 10:31).
    2. The Beginning of the Destruction of Israel (2 Kings 10:32-33)
      1. The Lord began to cut Israel short (2 Kings 10:32a).
      2. The king of Syria smote the outlying areas of Israel (2 Kings 10:32b-33).
    3. The End of the Reign of Jehu (2 Kings 10:34-36)
      1. Written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel (2 Kings 10:34)
      2. He died and was buried in Samaria (2 Kings 10:35a).
      3. Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead (2 Kings 10:35b).
      4. Jehu reigned over Israel for 28 years (2 Kings 10:36).

CONCLUSION: Jehu did much right in the eyes of the Lord, but in the end he still failed to depart from all the sins of Jeroboam.