Kings. Leaders of kingdoms. Rulers of people. So much power in one man.
I have been reading about so many kings lately. The kings of Israel and the kings of Judah. Starting with David and going onward. They have faced so many trials. Won and lost so many battles. Were given every opportunity to turn to their God and more often than not they turned to other gods instead of the one TRUE God.
He was anointed king in secret by a prophet that Elisha had sent. After anointing him the prophet just ran out the door. Anointing a king while a king is still on the throne is...umm...treason. Probably punishable by death. When Jehu came out of the room his friends asked him about the "maniac" Jehu brushed it off nonchalantly but his friends pushed him. Once Jehu told them that he was anointed king they laid down their cloaks for his feet and celebrated. (2 Kings 9:1-13)
What I loved about Jehu was his confidence. On the day of the confrontation King Joram sent two horsemen out to see if Jehu came in peace. Jehu told both horsemen "What do you know about peace? Fall in behind me" and they did. That's a man getting stuff DONE! When asked point blank by King Joram if Jehu came in peace he replied "How can there be peace as long as all the idolarty and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound" Buuuuuurn. Then Jehu shot King Joram in the heart. (2 Kings 9:17-29)
"Shot through the heart and you're to blame. You give love a bad name"
Sorry...it couldn't be helped.
And after he killed Jehu he also killed the king of Judah. Prophecy was fulfilled. And on top of all that. He killed Jezebel too. She was thrown from a window and horses trampled her. When they went out to bury her nothing was left but her skull, her feet, and her hands. Prophecy again fulfilled. "Jezebel's body will by like dung on the ground in the plot at Jezreel, so that no one wil be able to say, 'This is Jezebel' " (2 Kings 9:30-37)
Jehu reformed Israel and Judah. Servants of Baal were killed (2 Kings 10:18-27), Ashereh poles were taken down and prophecy fulfilled.
The Lord blessed Jehu but he still didn't keep the laws of God. (2 Kings 10:30-31) Jehu still rocked in my book though!