God will surely JUDGE the WICKED one DAY
April 16 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 7-9
“Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I have anointed you (Jehu) king over the people of the Lord, over Israel. You shall strike down the house of Ahab your 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. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish; and I will cut off from Ahab all the males in Israel, both bond and free. So 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. The dogs shall eat Jezebel on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her.’” (2 Kings 9:6-10)
Many of the events described in these passages are not pleasant to read, but we need to hear their message: eventually the wicked are judged by God who will surely fulfill His Word. At Mount Horeb, Elijah had been commissioned by God to accomplish three things before his departure from this world: anoint Elisha as his prophetic successor, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram, and anoint Jehu to be king of Israel (see 1 Kings 19:15). First, Elijah personally fulfilled the divine directive concerning Elisha (see 1 Kings 19:19–21). Then he set in motion the process that would affect the other two commands. Second, Elisha carried out the order with respect to Hazael. Third, one of the sons of the prophets serving under Elisha handled the case of Jehu.
Jehu was an Israelite commander who was engaged in battle against Aram at Ramoth Gilead. Elisha sent a young prophet to that distant place in Transjordan to notify Jehu of his appointment by God to be Israel’s next king. He anointed him privately and then presented him publicly to his troops, who immediately acclaimed him king. The appointment of Jehu was to fulfill the earlier prophetic threat that Elijah had made to King Ahab about 20 years ago that his entire family would be annihilated including his wife Jezebel (1 Kings 19:15–17; 21:21–24). God kept His word, and this prophecy was fulfilled literally. King Joram of Israel was slain (2 Kings 9:24-26) and so was King Ahaziah of Judah (2 Kings 9:27-28). Jezebel, the heathen wife of Ahab, was also killed just as the prophet had predicted, and her dead body was eaten away by the stray dogs (2 Kings 9:30-37). Then Jehu wiped out all of Ahab’s family, all of Ahaziah’s relatives (who were also relatives of Ahab), and all the followers of Baal as God’s judgment for their wickedness.
Let us not forget that God had destroyed these two earlier Israelite dynasties due to their unfaithfulness as well (1 Kings 15:27–30; 16:8–13). Just as God had destroyed the dynasties of Jeroboam (1 Kings 14:10), of Baasha (1 Kings 16:3), and of Zimri (1 Kings 16:16), even so He would eliminate the fourth dynasty of Israel by destroying the entire household of Ahab. Jehu’s inaugural commission was to carry out a fulfillment of God’s predicted judgment on the household of Ahab and Jezebel. Why was God so severe in His judgment? The reason was because these wicked leaders had turned the people away from God to commit wickedness and had polluted the nation of Israel.
Who are the wicked people in the sight of God? According to the Bible, the wicked people are sexually immoral (Gen. 19:7; Judg. 19:22; 1 Sam. 2:22,23; 1 Cor. 5:1, 13), lie, deceive and slander (Psalms 28:3; 49:5; 58:3; Prov. 10:32; 12:5; Isa. 59:3), oppress and scheme against others (1 Chr. 17:9), are violent (Ps. 7:9; 11:5), lack the fear of God (Ps. 10:4, 13; 36:1), oppress the poor, weak, needy and righteous (Ps. 37:12-14; 37:32; Prov. 12:6; 29:7), are dishonest in their financial affairs (Ps. 37:21; Prov. 17:23), are cruel and unforgiving (Prov. 12:10; 21:10; Jer. 15:21), and serve/worship false gods (Jer. 13:10). Thomas Brooks has written that “sin is the only thing that God abhors. It brought Christ to the cross, it damns souls, it shuts heaven, it laid the foundations of hell.”
Let us never intentionally engage in wickedness and sinful acts, for it is a sure fact that God will surely judge the wicked one day!