Respond to God's Direction
II Kings 8-10 II Chronicles 21-22
July 4, 2004
(Read II Chronicles 21 & 22 in light of notes from II Kings 8-10)
vs. 1-6 - The Shunamite woman - ch. 4:8-37 - her
response to God's direction
Old Testament example of "all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are called
according to His purpose"
God's direction - Exodus 20:1-6,13-14
Bro. Arrice Taylor's funeral - his response to God
vs. 10-15 - Roles of Elisha and Elijah - their response to
The office of the prophet was to rebuke sin, to sustain faith,
to train up fresh prophets, to teach the faithful, to announce
God's will to the king and to the people, and to execute
commissions from God - Elisha never failed his duties.
These two were first-rate prophets who were raised up to
meet the extreme danger of the introduction and main-
tenance of a false state religion by apostate kings.
Their obedience was to be perfect, exact, whatever they were
ordered to do, they did and no more, they were not to seek to
better their instructions.
vs. 16-29 - Jehoram - king of Judah - picking up from
I Kings 22:50
v. 18 - Jehoram introduced into Judah the Baal & Astarte
worship which Ahab had introduced into Israel
from Phonecia - I Kings 16:30-34
Joram and Jehoram are the same person.
Jehosophat, king of Judah, had made an alliance with Ahab,
king of Israel.
This compromise was the origin of the introduction into
Judah, the licentious & debasing superstition that had
spread over Israel.
Jehoram married Athaliah - the daughter of Ahab & Jezebel -
Like mother - like daugther.
(See II Kings 8-10 Pulpit 174-175)
Jehoram responding - "and he did evil in the sight of the
Lord" - II Chron. 21:4-6, 7, 10-20.
Ahaziah's response - II Chron. 22:2-5
v. 19 - import of - Deut. 28:15-68 - Warning
The apostasy of Jehoram and of the nation under
him, was calculated to bring about the immediate
fulfilment of all these threats and would have done so
but for a restraining cause.
God had made promises to David -
(See II Kings 8-10 Pulpit 169)
Ezekiel - chapters 16 & 23 in context 300 yrs. later -
America's response to God - trash heap of eternity???
YOUR RESPONSE? MY RESPONSE?
Think what it could have been
David -II Samuel 23:5
I Cor. 10:11-13
vs. 1-3 - Elisha's last public act - to transfer the
kingdom of Israel from the unworthy dynasty
of Omri, which because of idolatry had fallen
under the condemnation of God - to a new dynasty,
that of Jehu, which will check the worst excesses of
the idolatrous system and maintain Jehovah worship.
I Kings 16:23-26, v. 21 *****
I Kings 19:15-16 - of God - God ahead of the times.
Rest assured that He is today - who knows Babylon may
yet be rebuilt in our day as the Bible says
Job 38:16-23 Things working out!!
Matt. 24:21 Rev. 2:20-22 Great Tribulation
Jehu's response - vs. 6-10
vs. 21-22 - witchcrafts -
(See II Kings 8-10 Pulpit 192-193)
vs. 23-28 - slaying of Jehoram & Ahaziah
Desperate diseases require desperate remedies.
Leadership which corrupted national honor, that
undermined the national existence and depriving the
nation of a religion whose spirit was pure and elevating,
and replacing it with one whose spirit was corrupting
If Elisha and Jehu had waited with folded hands for
Jehoram and Jezebel to work out their wicked will, the
faith of God would have MERGED WITH HEATHENISM
and perished from the earth.
vs. 30-37 - retribution to Jezebel -
(See II Kings 8-10 Pulpit 198)
v. 33 - "throw her down"
ch. 10:16 - "come with me & see my zeal
for the Lord"
10:30-32 - His reward - positive & negative
Still in ch. 9
v. 7 - a command, not a prophecy!
v. 9 - Like Jeroboam's - 70 years before - I Kings 15:29
Like Baasha's - I Kings 16:11
A double warning of the fate reserved for those who
deserted the religion of Jehovah - they disregarded the
warnings and examples and provoked God yet more than
The fear of man -
(See II Kings 8-10 Pulpit 215-216)
v. 10 - *******
v. 18 - partying
v. 21 - ".....& the house of Baal was full from one end to
v.23 - General laxity of the time that there might be
worshippers of Jehovah at a Baal Bash?
v.29 - calves set up to prevent return to Judah -
they were essential, worldly speaking,
for political purposes - sacrifice principle for
temporary gain - Jehu's zeal did not reach
this far and he was unprepared to risk the
result of doing away with the calves representing
Jehovah - (graven image problem) thus
Jehu made a terrible response.
v. 32 - "In those days the Lord began to cut Israel short"