2 Kings 9* Elisha sends to anoint Jehu. (1-10) Jehu and the captains.(11-15) Joram and Ahaziah slain by Jehu. (16-29) Jezebel eatenby dogs. (30-37)1-10 In these and the like events, we must acknowledge thesecret working of God, disposing men to fulfil his purposesrespecting them. Jehu was anointed king over Israel, by theLord's special choice. The Lord still had a remnant of hispeople, and would yet preserve his worship among them. Of thisJehu was reminded. He was commanded to destroy the house ofAhab, and, as far as he acted in obedience to God, and uponright principles, he needed not to regard reproach oropposition. The murder of God's prophets is strongly noticed.Jezebel persisted in idolatry and enmity to Jehovah and hisservants, and her iniquity was now full. 11-15 Those who faithfully deliver the Lord's message tosinners, have in all ages been treated as madmen. Theirjudgment, speech, and conduct are contrary to those of othermen; they endure much in pursuit of objects, and are influencedby motives, into which the others cannot enter. But above all,the charge is brought by the worldly and ungodly of all sorts,who are mad indeed; while the principles and practice of thedevoted servants of God, prove to be wise and reasonable. Somefaith in the word of God, seems to have animated Jehu to thisundertaking. 16-29 Jehu was a man of eager spirit. The wisdom of God is seenin the choice of those employed in his work. But it is not forany man's reputation to be known by his fury. He that has ruleover his own spirit, is better than the mighty. Joram met Jehuin the portion of Naboth. The circumstances of events aresometimes ordered by Divine Providence to make the punishmentanswer to the sin, as face answers to face in a glass. The wayof sin can never be the way of peace, #Isa 57:21|. What peacecan sinners have with God? No peace so long as sin is persistedin; but when it is repented of and forsaken, there is peace.Joram died as a criminal, under the sentence of the law. Ahaziahwas joined with the house of Ahab. He was one of them; he hadmade himself so by sin. It is dangerous to join evil-doers; weshall be entangled in guilt and misery by it. 30-37 Instead of hiding herself, as one afraid of Divinevengeance, Jezebel mocked at fear. See how a heart, hardenedagainst God, will brave it out to the last. There is not a surerpresage of ruin, than an unhumbled heart under humblingprovidences. Let those look at Jezebel's conduct and fate, whouse arts to seduce others to commit wickedness, and to draw themaside from the ways of truth and righteousness. Jehu called foraid against Jezebel. When reformation-work is on foot, it istime to ask, Who sides with it? Her attendants delivered her up.Thus she was put to death. See the end of pride and cruelty, andsay, The Lord is righteous. When we pamper our bodies, let usthink how vile they are; shortly they will be a feast for wormsunder ground, or beasts above ground. May we all flee from thatwrath which is revealed from heaven, against all ungodliness andunrighteousness of men.
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