2 Kings 9:27-37

Jehu Assassinates Ahaziah

27 When Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu pursued him and said, “[ad]Shoot him too, in the chariot.” So they shot him at the ascent of Gur, which is at Ibleam. But he fled to Megiddo and died there. 28 Then his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem and buried him in his grave with his fathers in the city of David.

29 Now in the eleventh year of Joram, the son of Ahab, Ahaziah became king over Judah.

30 When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it, and she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out the window. 31 As Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it [ae]well, Zimri, [af]your master’s murderer?” 32 Then he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” And two or three officials looked down at him.

Jezebel Is Slain

33 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 trampled her under foot. 34 When he came in, he ate and drank; and he said, “See now to this cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.” 35 They went to bury her, but they found nothing more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. 36 Therefore they returned and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the Lord, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘In the [ag]property of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; 37 and the corpse of Jezebel will be as dung on the face of the field in the [ah]property of Jezreel, so they cannot say, “This is Jezebel.”’”

This is quite the morbid passage, as we see Jehu on a rampage, not even leaving the king of Judah to escape. Along the way, we see even the servants of Jezebel were all to ready to be done with her. So it is with people who are evil tyrants, that even their trusted underlings are not loyal in times of trouble. As others have said, “there is no honor among thieves…” and the same was true here in Jezebel’s own house.

Now, that’s more of a side note, and again not that we distance ourselves from secular people, but that we are first careful of our own influence, and second that we are careful of who we are influenced by. Everyone in this world is influencing others, being influenced by others, or both… mostly both. We are relational being after all, and so God has called us to be in this world but not of the world.

It starts with us, we cannot hope to influence others in a positive way if we are following our own selfish motives. What is that going to inspire? More of the same, folks following their own desires. But when we do as Jesus instructed us, to lay down our own rights, to take up our “cross” and follow Him, that is when we begin to change this world for the better.

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