More Housecleaning: the Prophecy About Jezebel Fulfilled (2 Kings 9:30 – 10:11)

When Jehu, the presumed new king, came to Jezreel, Jezebel put on eye makeup and fixed her hair and look through the window waiting for Jehu.  She greeted him, and he asked who in the palace was on his side.  Two or three eunuchs looked out at him and he called for them to throw her down, and they did.  Some of her blood spattered on the wall and the horses, and Jehu trampled her underfoot.  Jehu went inside, ate and drank, and then instructed the servants to go and bury Jezebel because she was a king’s daughter.  When they went to find her body, all that was left was the skull, feet, and palms of her hands.  When they reported back to Jehu, he said that this was the fulfillment of the word of the Lord to Elisha, saying that she was to be eaten by the dogs at Jezreel.

After this, Jehu wrote to the rulers of Jezreel and challenged them to choose an heir from the sons of Ahab to contend for the throne.  They were hesitant to do this, so he asked them to pledge their allegiance to him and bring the sons of Ahab to him at Jezreel.  The rulers of Jezreel slaughtered all seventy of the sons of Ahab, and brought them in baskets to Jehu.  He asked them to pile them at the entrance of the city gate until the morning.  The next morning he went out and stood and declared that this was further fulfillment of the prophecies of Elisha.  He then killed all the rest of the house of Ahab, leaving none remaining.

A clean slate is sometimes the best way to start a new chapter in life.  While I don’t advocate killing all your former rivals, it is important to remove the negative influences and holdback relationships that can keep you from the plan of God for your life.  To move forward, get rid of things that weigh you down or hold you back.

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