2 Kings 1-14

Updated July 2016

2 Kings 1

First and Second Kings were originally one book until divided to make two shorter books in the first century B.C.  Second Kings is a continuation of First Kings.

2 Kings 1:1 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.

Ahaziah son of Ahab fell and was injured and he sent to enquire of baal if he would recover.  He did not send for healing as some falsely state.  This has nothing to do with medicine as such  and had everything to do with seeking false gods,  idols and pagan religion, instead of seeking the Eternal. 

Ahaziah sought to the idols and did not seek the Eternal, just as today’s Ekklesia follow corporate and human idols instead of living by every Word of God.

1:2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick [injured]: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.

God sent word by his prophet Elijah that because he sought answers from baal and did noyt seek God,  God would end his life.  Ahaziah did as the Ekklesia does today; following the teachings of men and exalting men as ourr idols ,while turning away from any zeal to seek out, to follow and keep the whole Word of God.

1:3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? 1:4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.

The messengers returned and explained to Ahaziah what had happened.

1:5 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back? 1:6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

1:7 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words? 1:8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

Ahaziah then sent fifty men to arrest Elijah and bring him to judgment for his prophecy against the king.

1:9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

Elijah said that; IF he was a man of God let fire come down and fire came down from God; indicating Elijah’s credentials as God’s servant.  The credentials of a man of God are not ordination by some other man; they are his faithfulness to the whole Word of God!

1:10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

This happened the second time.

1:11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. 1:12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

The third officer got the message that God approved of Elijah and submitted to God and to Elijah as a man of God.

1:13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. 1:14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.

Then Elijah went, with the now submissive escort, to the king.

1:15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.

Elijah then repeats his message from God directly to Ahaziah’s face.

1:16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. 1:17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken.

Ahaziah’s son Jehoram then reigned as king of Israel beginning in the second year of a different Jehoram,  who reigned in Judah.

And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son.

1:18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

 

2 Kings 2

Remember that Elisha was chosen to replace Elijah some years before.  Now as Elijah was leaving, Elisha went with him to say his farewells.

2 Kings 2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2:2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.

Elisha insisted on accompanying Elijah, and all the men of God came out to see this miracle.

2:3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

Elisha again proclaims his love and loyalty to Elijah for his godliness.

2:4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.

2:5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

Again the third time Elisha proclaims his loyalty.  This three fold proclamation of loyalty brings to remembrance the three statements of Peter to Christ.

2:6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. 2:7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

The river Jordan was parted for Elijah.

2:8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

Elijah offers a gift to Elisha and Elisha asks for the same gift that Solomon asked for; the Wisdom [Spirit] of God to serve God and the people. 

The gift of God’s Wisdom given to Solomon, amply proves that even a man with the gift of wisdom and God’s Spirit, can become full of himself and begin to become proud and to rely on his own understanding, thereby departing from the Word of God.  Humility comes before godly wisdom, and pride goeth before destruction.

Proverbs 8:13  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil [which is any compromising with the word of God]: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way [doing anything contrary to the whole word of God], and the froward [selfishly stubborn, rebellious, mouthy, contentious] mouth, do I hate.

2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

Elijah says that the matter is in God’s hands, but that if he is seen being taken away, then the gift has been granted.

2:10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

Elijah was taken away to die and be buried in a secret place like Moses; and not to a far country to do a work there or taken to heaven as some suppose. 

Elijah’s was prophet in Samaria of Israel and his letter to Jehoram king of Judah was sent [from Samaria to Jerusalem]  in the sixth year of Jehoram king of Judah and  BEFORE Elijah was taken away (2 Chronicles 21:5-21). 

2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2:12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

The waters of Jordan are parted for Elisha.

2:13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 2:14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

The faithful accept Elisha in Elijah’s place.

2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.

The faithful seek permission from Elisha to search for Elijah to see if he could be found.

2:16 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. 2:17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed [embarrassed to deny them], he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not.

They did not find Elijah and returned to Jericho.

2:18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not? 2:19 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.

It seems strange to add salt to bitter [brackish] water to make it sweet, but this was an allegory that the faithful to God are the salt of the earth and through them the water of the Spirit and Word of God shall flow out from God to water and make fruitful all the earth.

2:20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. 2:21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.2:22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

Certain small children mocked Elisha on his way to Bethel.

2:23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

By mocking him they were mocking his office and mocking God; and so were justly punished.  Do not think for one second that God would have sent the bears if God did not approve of the action.

2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.  2:25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.

 

2 Kings 3

Jehoram king of ISRAEL was less evil than his fathers, and removed the idols but remained in wickedness.

2 Kings 3:1 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. 3:2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made. 3:3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

Moab paid much tribute to Ahab king of Israel showing that riches are not a sign of godliness, but when king Ahab died Moab rebelled against Israel.

3:4 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool. 3:5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.

Jehoram of Israel then made a pact with Jehoshaphat king of Judah to attack Moab together.

3:6 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel. 3:7 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.

Edom also joined the alliance.

3:8 And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom. 3:9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.

The three armies became entangled in a waterless desert and were at the point of despair when Jehoshaphat king of JUDAH calls for Elisha who had gone with them.

3:10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab! 3:11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water [served Elijah] on the hands of Elijah.

3:12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

Elisha rebukes Jehoram king of Israel for following the false prophets.

3:13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.

Elisha tells them that he regards Jehoshaphat the king of Judah for his faithfulness to God and has no regard for the wicked king Jehoram of Israel.

3:14 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

Elisha then asked for music and having calmed himself after God’s anger at Jehoram the king of Israel, then hears the word of the LORD.

3:15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

Then Elisha tells that  God bade them dig many ditches to collect water.

3:16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. 3:17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

God also commands the three armies to destroy all that is in wicked idol worshipping Moab.

3:18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. 3:19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

It appears that overnight God sent heavy rain to Edom and that by morning the flash floods flooded the plain of the camp by Moab.

3:20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the [Daily Burnt Offering with its grain offering,  starting at dawn and ending about 9 AM] meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.

The Moabites gathered to the battle, saw the dawning sun glinting off the pools of water and thought that the three kings had turned against one another.

3:21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border. 3:22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood: 3:23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.

The Moabites rushed down to take the spoil and were set upon by the three armies, who obeyed the command of Christ and moved to destroy all of Moab.

3:24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country. 3:25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.

The king of Moab then tried to break through to destroy the king of Edom [who was weakest of the three] and turn the tide of battle.

3:26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.

Then the king of Moab slew and burned his own son the crown prince, in sacrifice to his god chemosh.

Chemosh was the national deity of the Moabites whose name most likely meant “destroyer.”  While he is of Moab, according to Judges 11:24 he was the god of the Ammonites as well. Chemosh was brought to Jerusalem by some of the wives of King Solomon (1 Kings 11:7).

The scriptures call chemosh: “the abomination of Moab.” King Josiah destroyed the Israelite branch of the cult (2 Kings 23).  Chemosh was the male version and Easter was the female version, while together they formed baal called by the moabites “Ashtar-Chemosh.”  This was a fertility religion that demanded the sacrifice of the past year’s first born in spring [Easter] to ensure a good harvest for that year.

3:27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.

 

2 Kings 4

These chapters are about the miracles of  Elisha done by the power of God.

The miracle of the oil 

This is a prophetic miracle that all God’s truly sincerely faithful obedient, shall be filled to overflowing with the oil of God’s Spirit!

2 Kings 4:1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 4:2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

4:3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4:4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

The woman, a type of the faithful of God, obeyed God’s servant.

4:5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 4:6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

A woman of position is kind to Elisha for love of God.

4:8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 4:9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 4:10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick [lampstand]: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.

Elisha partook of her kindness and one day offered something to her.

4:11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. 4:12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.

She asked for nothing and Elisha’s servant suggested a child.

4:13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 4:14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

The desire of her heart was offered to her when she had asked for nothing; so God will reward all his faithful with good things and many spiritual children from all nations, in the kingdom.

4:15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 4:16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 4:17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

Then some years later the child died.

4:18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 4:19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 4:20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.

Then this woman of so great faith sent for Elisha.

4:21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. 4:22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 4:23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

4:24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 4:25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 4:26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well:

The woman’s purpose was hidden from Elisha

4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.

Elisha’s servant was sent to run on before them.

4:28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.

The woman of faith insisted that she would not leave Elisha until the child woke from death. 

4:30 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.

The servant did as he was bidden but the child did not arise.

4:31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. 4:32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.

Elisha prayed to God for the child and then began to warm the child.

4:33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 4:34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.

Elisha walked about a bit and returned to the child again.

4:35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

The woman was given her child back alive.

4:36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 4:37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet [at Elisha’s feet in gratitude], and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.

In a famine some unidentified  poison plants were shredded into the stew.

4:38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. 4:39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.

The food tasted foul and poisoness and could not be eaten.

4:40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.

Elisha added flour [which was stone ground pure organic flour of that time]  to the pot and it was healed, this a type of the unleavened Bread of Life, Jesus Christ; who when we partake of and live by every Word of God to make his nature, our nature;  saves us from the death that we all deserve.

4:41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.

The miracle of feeding the people.

4:42 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn [grain of barley] in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat.

4:43 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. 4:44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

 

2 Kings 5

Naaman the Syrian is cleansed through obedience.  We can only be cleansed from our sins by turning from our pride and obeying the Word of God as Naaman humbled his pride and obeyed the word of the prophet from God. 

Naaman is an allegory about conversion; which is to humble our pride and submit to the whole Word of God.  Oh, that the brethren would turn from their pride and their own ways to keep the Word of the LORD.

2 Kings 5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

Naaman learns of God and his prophet from a captive of Israel.

Remember that the disciples were persecuted and spread abroad in the first century, and that God used that dispersion to greatly further the preaching of God’s Word.  God can use captivity or persecutions to spread his Word and fulfill his will.  Very soon now the proud of the Ekklesia will be corrected in great tribulation and when they learn the lesson and sincerely repent they shall be a shining witness for many, even in their captivity.

5:2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. 5:3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. 5:4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

The king heard of God and the prophet, and urged Naaman to go to him with much wealth in presents.  Truly the king loved his servant Naaman.

5:5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

The king of Syria and Naaman had much faith in God because of the word of one servant girl. Naaman was sent to the king of Israel with a letter requesting that Naaman be healed of his leprosy.  The king of Israel had no faith; like the king of Syria! 

5:6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

The faithless idol worshipper king of Israel knew that his gods could not heal Naaman; not being subject to the God of Abraham; and feared greatly

5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

Elisha sent to the king of Israel and tells him to send the matter to him; so that all will know that there is a man of God in Israel.

5:8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

So, Naaman was sent to Elisha.

5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

Elisha would not even see Naaman and sent him instructions by a messenger to wash seven times in Jordan. 

This was a humbling message for Naaman the great man.  This is typical of the unseen God sending a message to us, who are great in our own minds, and telling us to repent and turn to live by every Word of God.

5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

Naaman the great man had thought that the prophet would honor him by coming out to him and healing him immediately.  Therefore Naaman’s pride was injured and he was angry.  In the same way today, the pride of many leaders and brethren of the called out prevents them from humbling themselves before God at the warnings to live by every Word of God.

5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

Then Naaman’s servants assuaged his anger and reasoned with him.

5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

Naaman humbled himself to obey the word of the LORD by his prophet Elisha. 

We also must humble ourselves, and repent of our own ways of idolizing men and false traditions, to turn back and zealously live by every Word of God.

5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman was healed and he understood that there is no God but God, the Eternal God of Abraham.  Oh that we would all learn this lesson and stop our idolizing of men and false teachings, to keep the whole Word of God in deeds as well as in words.

5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

Elisha would take no reward of Naaman to emphasize that God had healed and not Elisha.

5:16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

Naaman then asks for earth from Israel to build an altar to the Eternal in Syria.

5:17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.

Naaman also asks that even though he will worship the God of Israel, that as a part of his duties to attend the king he be forgiven if he goes so in the house of the king’s god Rimmon.

5:18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.

5:19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.

Then Elisha’s servant sought a reward from Naaman, not understanding that the healing was by God and not by Elisha.

5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. 5:21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?

Gehazi begs a gift under cover of a falsehood.  Gehazi lies about the two visitors and about Elisha.

5:22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. 5:23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.

Gehazi took the gifts at the border tower and went home to conceal then in his own house.

5:24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.

Gehazi now lies to Elisha.

5:25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.

Then Elisha curses his lying servant Gehazi with the leprosy of Naaman. 

Brethren here is the lesson of Gehazi:  We should not lust after physical things, but seek after spiritual things. We should do the whole will of God in riches or poverty, good health or ill; forever!

5:26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? 5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

 

2 Kings 6

The men of God wanted to build a bigger place and Elisha said build. 

2 Kings 6:1 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. 6:2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. 6:3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. 6:4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.

A borrowed axe head was lost.

6:5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. 6:6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. 6:7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

Then Syria sought to make war on Israel, and Elisha warned the king of Israel.

6:8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. 6:9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.

Elisha warned the king of Israel from God, of every action of the king of Syria so that Israel was saved many times from the stratagems of Syria.  God thus proving his sovereignty through the prophet.

6:10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

The king of Syria then investigates for spies in his council.

6:11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?

Then it is revealed that God warns the king of Israel through his prophet Elisha.

6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

The king of Israel proposes to take Elisha.

6:13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. 6:14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

Elisha full of faith confronts the army of Syria surrounding his house.

6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

How often it is that we forget the power of our God to deliver his beloved faithful and are intimidated by men.  This ought not to be, for if we are diligently learning and keeping the whole Word of God to please him; nothing else matters for he will deliver us up even from the dead in that day. 

Romans 8:31    What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 

When God allows us to suffer, it is for our own good, that we may develop in godliness, to learn and grow spiritually.

2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Elisha asks God to smite with blindness this band of Syria.

6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

Elisha then led this band of blind men to the king of Israel at Samaria.

6:19 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.

Then God opened their eyes at the request of Elisha and these men knew that they had been captured by Israel.

6:20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.

Elisha tells the king of Israel to feed and water the captives and then release them to their master. This is the incredible wisdom of God, for these men had felt the power of God and would then tell everyone in the camp of Syria about the servants of God; and of the glory and power of God in Israel.

6:21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them? 6:22 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master. 6:23 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.

Then the king of Syria came up and besieged the city of Samaria.

6:24 And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.

The situation of famine in Samaria was similar to the starvation of Israel coming in the  tribulation. 

Kab (1/18 ephah) 2.6 pints 1.2 liters

6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab [a little more than a pint]  of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver.

The people were reduced to paying their life savings for a pint of bird droppings and in some cases eating their own children.

6:26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.

The king then replied that only God could help her because he had nothing.

6:27 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?

Then he asks her for her petition.

6:28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow. 6:29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son. 6:30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.

The king then blames Elisha for the siege and famine.

6:31 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

God revealed to Elisha that the king’s messenger was coming, and Elisha told those with him of the intent of the king of Israel.

6:32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and the king sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: is not the sound of his master’s feet behind him?

6:33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said [the messenger of the king said] , Behold, this evil [siege and famine] is of the LORD [of Elisha]; what should I wait for the LORD [delay killing Elisha of the LORD] any longer?

Then Elisha delivers a prophecy from the LORD to the king.

 

2 Kings 7

Elisha prophecies from God that the famine will end and that there will be an instant supply of food.

2 Kings 7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.

A prince then aired his disbelief and Elisha foretold his death.

7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

Then four lepers of Israel decided to take a chance and go to the Syrians.

7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? 7:4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

These four lepers found the Syrians gone and all their supplies abandoned, for God had filled the Syrians with fear and caused them to remove from Samaria. 

Almighty God reveals his wisdom and power and causes the Syrians to cast aside all that they have and flee for their lives by the noise of an approaching army.  Our God is so wise and so powerful that he can perform His will in all circumstances!  

Let us put our trust in Him and live by His every Word, for whatever His will is in this life, He will open the graves of His faithful on that day!

7:5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. 7:6 For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.

The Syrians were terrified and left everything in a panic, not even taking their horses which one would think they would have ridden away.

7:7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

In their starving condition the four lepers took what they wanted and then began to think of the people in the city.

7:8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.

The four lepers then gave the news to the gatekeepers and officials of Samaria in the night.

7:9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household. 7:10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.

The king of Israel is informed, and suspects a stratagem by Syria.

7:11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king’s house within. 7:12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.

A commander advised that a few men be sent to reconnoiter the camp. 

7:13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are [starving] as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see.

The king then sent out two horses and men and they found the Syrians had fled in panic discarding everything on their way.

7:14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see. 7:15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.

Then the starving people rushed out to eat.

7:16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.

Then the faithless prince was placed in charge of the city gates and was trampled to death in the rush of the people. The word of the LORD by Elisha was fulfilled.

7:17 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.

7:18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria: 7:19 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

7:20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.

 

2 Kings 8

Elisha then prophesies the word of the LORD, that a famine of seven years shall come on the land.  It is of significant interest here that the scriptures point out that Elisha dealt with this woman instead of her husband. 

You husbands; listen to and carefully consider your wives, but remember that the final responsibility for any decision is yours; therefore it is imperative that you get as much of teh best possible input as possible for any important decision.

2 Kings 8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years. 8:2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.

The woman and family then returned after teh famine and sought to regain their home and land.

8:3 And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.

Gehazi still around and still serving Elisha having learned a powerful lesson in the matter of Naaman is called to tell the king of the deeds of Elisha.  When he spoke of the dead son and his mother, the actual woman came before the king; and so the story was confirmed. 

8:4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. 8:5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.

Then the king restored all that was hers, including all the harvests reaped during her seven year’s absence.

8:6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

Then Elisha goes to Damascus where Benhadad who had fought with Israel still ruled Syria.

8:7 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither.

Benhadad consulted with Elisha and the Eternal about his illness; the actions of Benhadad were more righteous than that of the king of Israel who had consulted the idols of Beelzebub about his illness.

8:8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

8:9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

8:10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die.

Elisha looked upon the man carefully until the messenger Hazael was uncomfortable, then Elisha wept.

8:11 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept.

Elisha prophesies that this messenger, Hazael, will rule Syria and that he will do much destruction on Israel.

8:12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he [Elisha] answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child. 8:13 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.

Hazael told Benhadad that he would recover of his illness and the next day murdered him by suffocation.

8:14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me that thou shouldest surely recover. 8:15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.

8:16 And in the fifth year of Joram [Jehoram] the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign. 8:17 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah married the daughter of Ahab king of Israel and followed the wickedness of Ahab and Israel in Judah.

8:18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the LORD. 8:19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.

Then the tributaries from the days of Solomon revolted from Judah.

8:20 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves. 8:21 So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and he rose by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled into their tents. 8:22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.

8:23 And the rest of the acts of Joram [Jehoram] , and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 8:24 And Joram ]Jehoram] slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

Ahaziah becomes king of Judah after the death of his father Jehoram; in the 12th year of Joram king of Israel.

8:25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.

Ahaziah reigned wickedly one year and was son in law to the family of Ahab of Israel.  This is a lesson that we are not to marry unconverted persons and that while we are to listen to our wives; we are to separate the wheat of godliness, from the chaff of paganism and lack of zeal to keep the whole Word of God.

8:26 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel. 8:27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in law of the house of Ahab.

The wicked Ahaziah of Judah went with Joram the king of Israel to battle against Syria. Joram king of Israel was wounded and Ahaziah then went to Samaria to visit his father in law. 

Ahaziah’s marriage into the family of Ahab and his wickedness just like them, seems to have made friends of these two kings.

8:28 And he went with Joram the son [descendent of] of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram. 8:29 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

 

2 Kings 9

Elisha calls a comrade and commissions him to anoint Jehu king of Israel.

2 Kings 9:1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead: 9:2 And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber; 9:3 Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.

The young man finds Jehu and anoints him king of Israel.

9:4 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead. 9:5 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain. 9:6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.

Jehu is commissioned to kill the family of Ahab by Jesus Christ.

9:7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. 9:8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: 9:9 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:

Remember that Jezebel was the wife of Ahab and by now is quite elderly and the Queen mother of the nation.  As she rode upon the nation of Israel, the religious Jezebel rides upon the nations of the earth today.  We are to utterly despise and reject the ungodly doctrine and prophecy of Jezebel.

9:10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled.

Jehu’s fellow commanders ask what was done and Jehu tells them.

9:11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication. 9:12 And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.

His fellow commanders immediately proclaimed Jehu king and pledged the loyalty of the army of Israel to him.  Jehu did not wait as David did, but conspired against the wounded king Jehoram.

9:13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king. 9:14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.

Jehu then commanded that his crowning should be kept secret from king Joram, as he gathered an army against the king of Israel.

9:15 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds, then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel.

Jehu the went to Jezreel to kill Joram king of Israel.

9:16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.

Joram sent a messenger to see what this army was all about, and the messenger went over to Jehu.

9:17 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace? 9:18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.

Then the watchman on the wall sent a second messenger who also turned to Jehu, and the watchman identified Jehu leading the army.

9:19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. 9:20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.

The kings of Israel and Judah went out to fight Jehu and appropriately the armies clashed in the field of Naboth.

9:21 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.

Joram [Jehoram] king of Israel, fled at the judgment pronounced by  Jehu.

9:22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many? 9:23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah [king of Judah], There is treachery, O Ahaziah.

Then Jehu killed Joram [Jehoram] king of Israel with an arrow. This is king Jehoram of Israel, not king Jehoram of Judah who had died earlier and been succeeded by Ahaziah.

9:24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram [Joram] between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.

9:25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him; 9:26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in this plat , saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground , according to the word of the LORD.

Ahaziah king of Judah who was full of the same wickedness and was friend and son in law to the wicked Joram [Jehoram] king of Israel, was also killed in this fight.

9:27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there. 9:28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David.

9:29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah, [and he died by the army of Jehu one year later].

Jezebel knowing her end was near as Jehu reached the city, adorned herself in her royal robes, did her hair and made herself up to appear before Jehu and the people ;as the Queen Mother of Israel.

9:30 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.

Jezebel challenges Jehu that he who slays his king will have no peace.  Then at Jehu’s command a few of the eunuchs threw her down from the window so that she died.

9:31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? 9:32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. 9:33 And 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 trode her under foot.

Then Jehu commanded to bury Jezebel for she was a king’s daughter [daughter of the king of Tyre].

9:34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter.

They found only a few of her bones

9:35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. 9:36 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: 9:37 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.

Jezebel is a type of all false religions, including the idolizing of men, false traditions and teachings, and corporate organizations; above the Word of God.

When Christ comes he will cause men to utterly destroy the Jezebel example of idolizing any person or thing and not living by every Word of God

 

2 Kings 10

Ahab had 70 sons and Jehu challenges them to fight against him [Jehu] for Ahab’s throne of Israel in Samaria.  Jehu has a great zeal for God, but only in part.  Jehu destroys baal but lets the golden calves remain.  This shows a zeal mixed with disobedience and rebellion at some of the Word of God. 

This same condition fills the Ekklesia today as many are zealous in doing what they think is right, but lack any zeal to do what God says is right;  they make a pretense of keeping the Sabbath as they pollute it with work, cooking, or paying other to serve them. 

Exodus 16:22  And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.  16:23  And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. 16:24  And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.  16:25  And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord: to day ye shall not find it in the field.  16:26  Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.

God will not accept half hearted service, we either serve him wholeheartedly or we sin; for the breaking of one point breaks the whole law.

Exodus 20:9   Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  20:10  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: [ you shall not be responsible for anyone breaking Sabbath, even the stranger (unconverted)]  20:11  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

James 2:9   But if ye have respect to persons [obey men and not God] , ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors  2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

2 Kings 10:1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab’s children, saying, 10:2 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master’s sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armour; 10:3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master’s sons, and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.

Then the people were greatly afraid and pledged their loyalty to Jehu, refusing to back any son of Ahab.

10:4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand? 10:5 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.

Jehu then demands the heads of Ahab’s sons as a token of loyalty to him.

10:6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master’s sons, and come to me to Jezreel by to morrow this time. Now the king’s sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up.

The chief men of Israel then killed the seventy sons of Ahab and brought them to Jezreel.

10:7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them [sent to Jehu] to Jezreel. 10:8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.

Jehu then says to the people; how do you think yourselves more righteous than I when you have killed the kings sons?  Jehu then tells them that the whole Word of God shall be fulfilled.

10:9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these? 10:10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the LORD hath done that which he spake by his servant Elijah.

10:11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests [of baal], until he left him none remaining.

Then Jehu also killed the family of king Ahaziah of Judah who had been confederate with his father in law the king of Israel.

10:12 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing house in the way, 10:13 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, Who are ye? And they answered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen.

10:14 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them.

Jehonadab joins with Jehu in zeal to fulfill the Word of God concerning Ahab..

10:15 And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.

10:16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot. 10:17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the LORD, which he [Jesus] spake to Elijah.

Then Jehu uses a stratagem to bring all the priests to a great feast in baal’s honor.

10:18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much. 10:19 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting [any of the followers of baal who are not present], he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.

10:20 And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it. 10:21 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end to another. 10:22 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments.

Jehu made sure that no one who was of God was present, and that only the servants of baal were there.

10:23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.

Jehu then commanded his company of men to kill all the men of baal that were in Israel.

10:24 And when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings, Jehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he that letteth him go, his life shall be for the life of him. 10:25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.

They killed all the servants of baal and destroyed all the idols.

10:26 And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them. 10:27 And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.

10:28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.

Jehu allowed the gold calves to remain.

10:29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.

10:30 And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

Jehu destroyed baal but he followed the sins of Jeroboam and allowed the golden calves and the priests of the golden calves to remain, and Jehu turned from the Word of God. 

Brethren, many today think that because they follow the Word of God part of the way like Jehu did, and yet sin by following their idols of men; that somehow they are right with God. 

Not so!  For our zeal for God and God’s Word must be complete and total, as only a little leaven of sin will spread until the whole lump is full of sin.

10:31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.

Then God began to diminish Israel from its glory days of Solomon and Jeroboam, and took away the tributaries of Israel.

10:32 In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short: and Hazael [Syria] smote them in all the coasts of Israel; 10:33 From Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.

10:34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 10:35 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead. 10:36 And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.

 

2 Kings 11

This chapter explains, the saving of Joash from his grandmother the queen of Judah; and how Joash was hidden, tutored and made king of Judah by the faithful high priest of God Jehoiada; and how Jehoiada destroyed baal out of Judah and restored the true religion of YHVH.

Jehoiada was one of those high priests who were true mighty men of God, through their office of teaching the whole Word of God, leading all people in a great revival of true religion and zeal for the Eternal.  His life was at risk every minute as he tutored, cared for  and prepared the new king to destroy the queen’s idols and religion of baal.  The courage of Jehoiada and his faithful teaching of the whole Word of God is extraordinary. 

Jehoiada was a true hero of faithfulness and loyalty to the Eternal, who produced dramatic good fruits through his influence for good in the education of the future king.

In Judah, Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah [who was dead] destroyed all the king’s sons to make herself queen.

2 Kings 11:1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son [Ahaziah the king of Judah] was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

But the aunt of Josiah took Josiah the son of Ahaziah and saved him.

11:2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah [the king of Judah], and stole him from among the king’s sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.

11:3 And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah [reigned as Queen] did reign over the land.

Then after seven years Jehoiada the high priest brought Joash out from his hiding place and made him king.

11:4 And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over hundreds, with the captains and the guard, and brought them to him into the house of the LORD, and made a covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the house of the LORD, and shewed them the king’s son.

Jehoiada the high priest in the Temple, commanded that a third of the faithful military men secure the gates to the temple, and the remainder secure the person of Joash to be proclaimed king. 

The people of the queen were wicked and did not regularly patronize the Temple; therefore the temple was an ideal hiding place for the king.  And in the temple, king Joash was protected, nourished and taught goodliness by the high priest of God.

Jehoiada took all the people who cane to worship on the Sabbath being faithful to God, and commanded them to secure the Temple and make Josiah king on the Sabbath.

11:5 And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall even be keepers of the watch of the king’s house; 11:6 And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third part at the gate behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that it be not broken down.

11:7 And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king. 11:8 And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh in.

11:9 And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.

The high priest gave the weapons of David to arm the supporters of the king.

11:10 And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David’s spears and shields, that were in the temple of the LORD. 11:11 And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and the temple.

The high priest made Joash king in the Temple.

11:12 And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.

The queen came running, shouting treason.

11:13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the LORD. 11:14 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason.

The high priest commanded that the bloody queen who worshipped baal and her followers should be slain outside the Temple of God.

11:15 But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth without the ranges: and him that followeth her kill with the sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the LORD. 11:16 And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the king’s house: and there was she slain.

The high priest made a covenant with the king and the people that they would serve the Eternal God.  Then they destroyed baal and Idolatry out of Judah. 

11:17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they should be the LORD’s people; between the king also and the people. 11:18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD.

11:19 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought down the king from the house of the LORD, and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king’s house. And he sat on the throne of the kings.

11:20 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king’s house.

The high priest of the Eternal would have acted as royal regent for the child king until he was of age to rule.

11:21 Seven years old was Jehoash [Joash] when he began to reign.

 

2 Kings 12

2 Kings 12:1 In the seventh year of Jehu [king of Israel] Jehoash [Joash] began to reign [in Judah]; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.

What a marvelous tribute to God and to the high priest Jehoiadah who tutored Joash, and to Joash!

12:2 And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

Yet he could not prevent the people from worshipping on the pagan high places, as today the Ekklesia worships in Masonic and other pagan high places.  In Judah he people wanted to worship locally instead of traveling up to Jerusalem to offer at the Temple as God had commanded and so worshipped in unclean places, as today many called out congregations hold their worship services in spiritually unclean places.

12:3 But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places

Joash asks for money to repair the Temple of God.

12:4 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man’s heart to bring into the house of the LORD, 12:5 Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.

The priests took the money for themselves and did not repair the breaches in the physical temple: Even so the today’s leaders in  the Ekklesia have as their main concern their own paychecks, and are not repairing the breaches in the spiritual Temple, by rebuking sin and teaching the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture. 

12:6 But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.

Joash then calls the priests to account, as Jesus Christ is taking account of the spiritual leaders of today’s Ekklesia.

12:7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.

The Mosaic priests would not repair the Temple as most of today’s leaders and elders of the called out will not turn to God and repair the breaches in the spiritual Temple to turn the brethren away from idolizing their leaders towards exalting the Eternal God. 

Those Mosaic priests would not repair the physical temple and even gave up the donations to keep from doing their proper work.  In that they were more honorable than today’s church of God leaders who would not give up a farthing for the good of the spiritual Temple [the Ekklesia] of God.

12:8 And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.

Then Jehoiada the high priest found another means to take donations for the construction from the brethren; just as our High Priest Jesus Christ is repairing the breaches in his spiritual Temple by means other than by the COG elders and leaders of today.

12:9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD. 12:10 And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king’s scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the LORD.

Then the builders worked on and repaired the physical Mosaic Temple, as Jesus Christ is  building his Father’s house today; by his own builders and not by the faithless leaders and elders.  

12:11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD, 12:12 And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it. 12:13 Howbeit there were not made for the house of the LORD bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the LORD: 12:14 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the house of the LORD.

The men who built were faithful; as the men who build the spiritual temple and work to make the bride ready, are faithful to every Word of God today.

12:15 Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.

The priests still had their wages for the work that they did do.

12:16 The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the house of the LORD: it was the priests’.

Then the king of Syria assayed to attack Judah.

12:17 Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.

Then Joash sinned by giving the king of Syria all the wealth of God’s temple; instead of enquiring and beseeching the Eternal.  The Eternal would have saved Judah, but Joash decided to do as he thought was expedient instead of running to the LORD God of Abraham for deliverance. 

How like us today, as we call ourselves God’s people and make a big show of that, then when we fall into trials and temptations we compromise with the Word of God to try and save ourselves as we think right; instead of running to our High Tower of Strength to save us.  We lack faith and do not fully trust in our mighty One to save us, breaking at the first real pressure.  How very sad.

Jehoash and Joash are used interchangeable for the king of Judah.

12:18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and in the king’s house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem.

For this sinful act YHVH [who became Jesus Christ]  allowed the servants of Joash to kill him.

12:19 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 12:20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.

12:21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead [In Judah].

 

2 Kings 13

Jehoahaz replaces his father Jehu as king of Israel.

2 Kings 13:1 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.

Jehu who was zealous to fulfill the Word of the LORD up to a point, was succeeded by a wicked son who did all the sins of Jeroboam I.  The sins of Jeroboam were the idolatry of the two calves of Aaron and departing from the God of Abraham. 

Spiritually the Ekklesia of today are also full of idolatry by the idolizing of men, false traditions and corporate organizations, exalting them above any zeal to live by every Word of God.  

Jesus Christ is making a point throughout all of these histories; demonstrating and defining idolatry, as the great sin of departing from any zeal to live by every Word of God to do as we think is right. 

This very sin of being zealous for the golden calves of our leaders and organizations and traditions and exalting them above the Word of God; is rampant in the church of God groups today!  and just as God rejected Jeroboam and those like him, Jesus Christ is about to forcefully vomit us out of his body into great tribulation unless we sincerely wholeheartedly repent.

13:2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

Then Jesus delivered Israel into captivity by the agency of Syria.

13:3 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days.

Then Israel sought the Eternal.

13:4 And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them.

Israel was delivered from Syria, but was destroyed and reduced to living in tents,  their homes and their army destroyed by Syria; because they would not depart from their sins of the idolatry of Jeroboam.

13:5 (And the LORD gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as beforetime. 13:6 Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but walked therein: and there remained the grove also in Samaria.) 13:7 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing.

13:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 13:9 And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his stead.

Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz then reigned in his father’s place in Israel.

13:10 In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of Judah began Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years.

Jehoash king of Israel was also wicked following the idolatry of Jeroboam as the church of God does today.

13:11 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin: but he walked therein.

13:12 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 13:13 And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.

Elisha is old and dying and king Joash of Israel [despite his idolatry like Jeroboam]  visits him and mourns over him.

13:14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.

Elisha then prophesies to the king of Israel that he will be delivered from the Syrians; perhaps God did this because of the king of Israel’s respect for God’s servant Elisha even though he sinned in his idolatry.

13:15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. 13:16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands. 13:17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

Smiting the arrows as a type of the smiting the enemy.

13:18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. 13:19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

Elisha died and was buried, only to revive a dead man while dead himself.  We know that the dead can do nothing and this was from God to reveal God’s approval of this man Elisha.

13:20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. 13:21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

Jesus Christ allowed Syria to afflict Israel in the hope that they would repent, and did not destroy Israel because of his covenant and promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

13:22 But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz. 13:23 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet. 13:24 So Hazael king of Syria died; and Benhadad his son reigned in his stead.

When the king of Syria died, then Israel recovered their cities out of the hand of his son.

13:25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.

 

2 Kings 14

Amaziah becomes king in Judah.

2 Kings 14:1 In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah. 14:2 He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

Amaziah was a godly king in Judah but not as righteous as David.

14:3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his father: he did according to all things as Joash his father did.

Again the people worshipped in pagan locations instead of going up to Jerusalem to worship at the Temple of God.

14:4 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.

When confirmed in the throne, Amaziah killed his father’s murderer’s.

14:5 And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father.

Amaziah kept the commandment of God and did not kill their children.

14:6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Amaziah then launched a campaign against Edom.

14:7 He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.

Then Amaziah king of Judah sends a message to the king of Israel challenging him to a confrontation.

14:8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face.

The king of Israel sends his response via a parable telling the king of Judah that he is thinking too much of himself after his victory over Edom, and bids him not come out to confront the army of Israel.

14:9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle. 14:10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

Amaziah of Judah would not listen to the advice of the king of Israel and went up to confront him.

14:11 But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the face at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah. 14:12 And Judah [Amaziah] was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every man to their tents. 14:13 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Bethshemesh, and came to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits. 14:14 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.

14:15 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash  [king of Israel] which he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 14:16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam [2] his son reigned in his stead.

14:17 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years. 14:18 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

Amaziah was killed by his own people in a conspiracy against him.

14:19 Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there. 14:20 And they brought him on horses: and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David.

Then Azariah was made king of Judah in place of Amaziah.

14:21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, which was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. 14:22 He built Elath [Eilat], and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

Then a new king reigned in Israel, named after Jeroboam by his father who followed the ways of Jeroboam, was also very wicked.  This Jeroboam 2 of Israel also made Israel to sin in idolatry; as the leaders and elders of today’s church of God groups also make the brethren to sin; by teaching them to idolize men and their teachings and to avoid any zeal for keeping the whole Word of God.

14:23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years. 14:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

14:25 He restored the coast [border] of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher. 14:26 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.

Here we see that God can use the wicked to fulfill his word.  God sometimes blesses the wicked to fulfill his master plan.  Blessings are NO indication of whether one’s relationship with God is right.

14:27 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

14:28 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 14:29 And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel; and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.

Very many have been bedazzled by buildings and have done their best to emulate other men, not understanding that we are to emulate Jesus Christ and not sin by  idolizing any man.

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