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2 Kings 9:14-37

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Removal of Jehoram, Ahaziah, and Jezebel

2 Kings 9:14-37

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Lesson Number 20

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God's prophecies of judgment will come true.
  2. Jezebel's violent end is a prophetic picture of the end of future Babylon.

Practical Application

  1. You cannot escape God's judgment.
  2. Prepare your soul, and not just your body for death.

Questions

  1. We note that Jehu was not a godly leader, but he was used of God to bring about His purposes. What were God's purposes in this case?
  2. Two kings got in their chariots to meet someone. Who was he, and why did they go to meet him?
  3. What happened to these two kings?
  4. Were the deaths of Kings Jehoram and Ahaziah (and Queen Jezebel) by chance?
  5. You cannot escape God's judgment. This was true concerning the House of Ahab. Is it true today?
  6. Did Jezebel paint her eyes and adorn herself to try to seduce Jehu?
  7. Why did Queen Jezebel say to Jehu, "Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?"
  8. How did Queen Jezebel die?
  9. Of what is Jezebel's violent end a prophetic picture?

Answers

  1. To hold back the increasing Baal worship in the northern kingdom of Israel and to bring about the downfall and removal of Ahab's dynasty.
  2. It was Jehu, and they wanted to get a report from the battle front.
  3. They both were killed. Jehu was out to usurp the throne.
  4. No. They were prophecies of God's judgment fulfilled. Read 1 Kings 21, a prophecy given to Elijah a number of years before it was accomplished. Note that the prophecy was carried out in Naboth's vineyard (2 Kings 9:21), the very place where the prophecy was given.
  5. Yes. There are prophecies in the Bible of future judgments to come, both on the world and individuals who reject Christ. They will come true.
  6. No, rather she wanted to die like a queen. She was originally from Phoenicia, and that is what Phoenician queens did when they prepared for death.
  7. She was referring to a former King of Israel, Zimri, who usurped the throne by murdering his predecessor.
  8. She was thrown out of the window, her blood was spattered on the wall, and her body was eaten by dogs, just as it was prophesied years before (1 Kings 21:23).
  9. It is a picture of the end of future Babylon. This Babylon is a political- religious system that opposes God, but it meets a sudden and violent end, like Jezebel.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Look up some of the prophecies of the Lord. Check those that have already been fulfilled. Consider some of the prophecies of the Lord yet to be fulfilled.
  2. Read Revelation, Chapters 17 and 18 to see the vivid portrayal of the end of the political-religious system that opposes God (Babylon).

Challenge

  1. Refer to Hebrews 2:3. What does this verse mean to you in terms of your own standing before the Lord, and in terms of the people with whom you rub shoulders daily?

Key Verses

  • “Is it peace?” 2 Kings 9:17-19, 22, 31
  • “Surely I saw yesterday the blood of Naboth,' says the Lord, 'and I will repay you in this plot…Now therefore, do it…according to the word of the Lord.” “This is the word of the Lord.” 2 Kings 9:26, 36

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