Jehu: His Leadership and Legacy

I have uploaded a file which deals with “Jehu: His Leadership and Legacy.”

Below is an excerpt from the article:

Jehu began to carry out his mission immediately. He set off, together with a group of his horsemen, to Jezreel, where Joram (also known as Jehoram), a grandson of Ahab, king of Israel, was recovering from a battle wound (vv. 17-24). When Joram’s watchman reported that Jehu was driving his chariot “furiously;’ Joram sent messengers to Jehu, asking, “Do you come in peace?” (v. 17 NIV).

When the messengers did not return, Joram, together with his cousin Ahaziah, king of Judah, went to meet Jehu. When Joram asked, “Have you come in peace, Jehu?” (v. 22, NIV) Jehu responded by denouncing the sins of Jezebel. Joram responded: “Treachery, Ahaziah!” (v. 23, NIV). When Joram turned to escape, Jehu drew his bow and shot Joram in the back. Joram died in his own chariot. Jehu commanded his aide to take Joram’s body and throw it in Naboth’s field.

This action fulfilled Elijah’s oracle concerning the death of Ahab’s house. Jehu then proceeded to kill Judah’s King Ahaziah (vv. 27-29). When Ahaziah saw that Jehu had killed Joram, Ahaziah fled, but Jehu’s men caught up with him and wounded him (v. 27). Ahaziah again escaped, but he died in Megiddo of his wounds. Aides took Ahaziah’s body to Jerusalem and buried him in the tomb of the kings.

Read or download a PDF copy of the article: “Jehu: His Leadership and Legacy.”

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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