2Ki 10: "Jehu sets himself on vengeance bent. The terrible
apostasy of the house of Ahab is to be answered on a pathway marked with blood.
 Fear sweeps Samaria as Jehu now turns his attention to that city, and
threatens war on Samaria: vv 1-5. He provides  terms of capitulation: vv 6,7,
and then opens  condemnation upon the rulers: vv 8-11. The heaps of dead
bodies were to be placed in an area of public resort that all might see and
fear. It demonstrated the treachery of Ahab's nobles, and the folly and danger
of Jehu. This gives rise to the  slaughter of Ahaziah's kinsmen: vv 12-14.
Then  the vengeful Jehu received support from Jehonadab: vv 15,16, until
finally, there is  further slaughter in Samaria: v 17. Fear lay heavily on
the people at the approach of the ruthless and energetic captain, a fear that
was fully justified in the massacre that took place. The people suffered for
their support of Ahab.  Jehu traps the Baal worshippers: vv 18-28, as the
proclamation went throughout the Land. Death was the penalty of non-compliance.
The people had ample evidence that Jehu would carry out his threat if they
disobeyed. From all parts of Israel, the devotees of Baal converged on the huge
temple in Samaria. But it was to no avail, for he 'destroyed Baal out of Israel'
(v 28), and its worship never effectively recovered. To that extent the
revolution was a success. Finally, the record outlines:  Jehu's shortcomings:
vv 29-31,  Israel oppressed by Hazael: vv 32,33, and  the death of Jehu:
vv 34-36. All attempts to frustrate Yahweh's purpose fail" (GEM).
"Jehu is one of the most curious characters to appear in the
report of the kings. He manifested an unquenchable zeal for Yahweh while
undertaking the mission of wiping out Ahab's house, but as soon as he came to
the throne he casually reintroduced the apostasy of Jeroboam and completely
ignored the Law of Yahweh concerning Israel's worship. In order to ascertain his
character, attention must therefore be focused on what motivated his professed
zeal for Yahweh.
"Jehu massacred, in succession, Jehoram, Ahaziah, Jezebel,
seventy sons of Ahab, 42 princes of Judah, and many thousands of Baal
worshippers gathered by his decree to a special conference in Samaria. The cool
and calculated ruthlessness with which he accomplished the vengeance of Yahweh
upon Ahab's house is a clear indication of the real essence of Jehu's character.
Yahweh commended him for destroying the house of Ahab (2Ki 10:30), but not for
the attitude he adopted in accomplishing it. Jehu relished bloodshed and derived
great satisfaction from the destruction of his fellow-Israelites, as is revealed
in the death of Ahab's seventy sons -- whose heads he piled up in two heaps at
the gate of Jezreel (2Ki 10:8-11). His zeal for Yahweh was really only a cloak
for a blood-thirstiness unequalled in the history of the kings; hence Yahweh
declared that He would in turn 'avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of
Jehu' (Hos 1:4)" (CKi).
Jehu was anointed to be king by Elijah (1Ki 19:16; 2Ki 9:5,6).
However, even though he was anointed by the prophet of God, he turned out to be
an evil king. It is as if his anointing made him think that he could do nothing
wrong. He was lifted above his station. We must take care that we are not
presumptuous because we are the "sons of God".
TWO KINGS: That is, Jehoram and Ahaziah.
"But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with
the evildoers" (Psa 125:5).
COME WITH ME AND SEE MY ZEAL FOR THE LORD: "A zeal for
the LORD, but not according to knowledge" (Rom 10:2). While "zeal" for the LORD
MAY result in bloodshed, it may also be true that professed "zeal" may be a
cloak for a bloodthirsty spirit. Also, it is good to remember that -- quite
often -- true "zeal" may be manifested WITHOUT bloodshed! The one who showed,
always, the greatest "zeal" for the LORD and His house (Psa 69:9; John 2:17)
demonstrated it by shedding HIS OWN blood, and not someone else's!
THEY CROWDED INTO THE TEMPLE OF BAAL UNTIL IT WAS
FULL...: Ct Gen 15:16: "The sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full
measure." Now it has!
SEE THAT NO SERVANTS OF THE LORD ARE HERE WITH YOU:
Special care taken not to kill any of the righteous: Eze 9:6; Rev 7:3; Gen
19:22; Amo 9:9.
YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL SIT ON THE THRONE OF ISRAEL TO THE
FOURTH GENERATION: (1) Jehu; (2) Jehoahaz (v 35); (3) Jehoash (2Ki 13:10);
(4) Jeroboam II (2Ki 13:13); (5) Zachariah (2Ki 15:12).