Sunday, January 7, 2018

Year 8, Day 7: 2 Kings 9

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Today’s passage tells us how the throne passes from the lineage of Ahab to the lineage of Jehu. I find it interesting that in Judah the kings continue to come from the line of David, even when one dies evilly.  Yet in Israel, the title of king is assed around according to who is the strongest and most treacherous.  Here is a very direct result of living under God’s blessing and living under what appears right in the eyes of humans.

Naturally, though, this passage is all about the fulfillment of God’s promise.  As gruesome as the transition is, it is about God’s promise to Ahab and his wife.  God tells Ahab that his lineage will not reign over Israel.  In this passage we see that lineage end.  In fact, we even see Jezebel’s death, forcing that lineage to end quite permanently.  God is a god of His word.

In a gruesome chapter like this, I find that thought strangely comforting – especially after a chapter like yesterday.  God keeps His promises.  God fulfills what He says.  What God mandates happens.

In a world such as we live in, it is nice to know that there is a power that is true to its word.  Human beings are fickle.  Our attitudes change like the tides.  Our loyalties rotate as often as our emotions.  But God stays true to His word.  When He promises to David that his lineage will reign, they do.  When He promises Ahab that his lineage will not escae the sword of Jehu, they don’t.  It is God who is supreme.  It is God who is able to bend existence to His will.