Loyal Week 1 Day 2
Reread 1 Kings 21:1-24
As much as there is to unpack in that story and how many rabbit trails that we could follow, we are going to focus on what was the blood of Jezreel. Why would Naboth not sell his vineyard to the king? (Lets look back a little further in our Bibles to Numbers 36;7-9)
 The inheritance of the people of Israel shall not be transferred from one tribe to another, for every one of the people of Israel shall hold on to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.  And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the people of Israel shall be wife to one of the clan of the tribe of her father, so that every one of the people of Israel may possess the inheritance of his fathers.  So no inheritance shall be transferred from one tribe to another, for each of the tribes of the people of Israel shall hold on to its own inheritance.’” (ESV)
Was Naboth standing firm in the law of the LORD, fearing GOD the most, Even to death?
Now that we are familiar with the blood of Jezreel and why Naboth would not sell his vineyard, are you wondering why the house of Jehu needs to be punished? Lets go forward in our Bibles to
2 Kings 9:1–12
 Then Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, “Tie up your garments, and take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead.  And when you arrive, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi. And go in and have him rise from among his fellows, and lead him to an inner chamber.  Then take the flask of oil and pour it on his head and say, ‘Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.’ Then open the door and flee; do not linger.”
 So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead.  And when he came, behold, the commanders of the army were in council. And he said, “I have a word for you, O commander.” And Jehu said, “To which of us all?” And he said, “To you, O commander.”  So he arose and went into the house. And the young man poured the oil on his head, saying to him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, I anoint you king over the people of the LORD, over Israel.  And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD.  For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel.  And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah.  And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.” Then he opened the door and fled.
 When Jehu came out to the servants of his master, they said to him, “Is all well? Why did this mad fellow come to you?” And he said to them, “You know the fellow and his talk.”  And they said, “That is not true; tell us now.” And he said, “Thus and so he spoke to me, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.’” (ESV)
Did the representative of the prophet obey entirely his instructions?
What does the prophet, the representative under Elisha, tell Jehu he shall do?
What does the prophet under Elisha say GOD will d0? (look for "I will" or "I may")
What is going to happen next? These are commanders of the Israelite army whom Joram is king, so these are Joram’s commanders. The commanders have also worked closely with Jehu and possibly friends. How are the commanders going to react to what the prophet has said? How is Jehu going to react? Lets meet together tomorrow to find out.
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