Theme: WHO IS ON THE LORD’S SIDE?
Text: ”And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?” – 2 Kings 9:30, 31.
Comment: Jezebel the wife of Ahab was so annoyed by what Elijah the prophet had done in humiliating Baal and killing his priests that she was bent on killing Elijah. (1 Kings 19:1-3) However, God Almighty had long issued the decree that the house of Ahab would be wiped out. The man assigned the task was Jehu, who after his proclamation as king of Israel, began the cleansing work. After killing Jehoram the son of Ahab, (2 Kings 9:23-28) the next in line for elimination was the queen herself, Jezebel. When she heard that Jehu had come to Jezreel, she painted her face, and made her hair and reminded him of Zimri, the usurper, who died a suicide. (1 Kings 16:15-20) But Jehu would not be taken in by her wiles. He declared, “Who is on my side? who?” Two or three eunuchs looked out of the window, thus declaring themselves to be on the Lord’s side. He then instructed them “Throw her down”, and they did. His horses trode her underfoot. After a while he commanded that they should go and bury her “for she is a King’s daughter”. But those sent found only her bones. He then replied “This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite…” (2 Kings 9:30-37) No one should use the opportunity he has to oppress others for “…God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. – Galatians 6:7.