Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. So Jehu sent letters to the rulers of the city to prepare to fight him. But after he had killed the two kings, they were afraid and so he told them to send him the heads of Ahab’s sons. After this was done, he struck down all that remained in the house of Ahab at Jezreel (verse 11). On the way to Samaria, he did the same with all the relatives of Ahaziah; and after reaching Samaria, he dealt with the remainder of the house of Ahab. So now it was fulfilled as Lord had spoken to Elijah (verse 17).
Verses 18-26 detail brilliant planning and execution (literally) on Jehu’s part to exterminate the prophets of Baal in the land. But although verse 28 says that he wiped out Baal from Israel, but verse 29 says that he left the golden calves in Bethel and Dan and “did not turn aside from the sins of Jeroboam.” And as Assyria grows stronger, the Lord had already begun (verse 32) to “cut of parts of Israel.” After the demonstration in the last few chapters of the Lord’s power and His will always coming to pass, it is no surprise to see Hazael of Syria beginning to defeat them throughout Israel territory, as prophesied in 1 Kings 19:15-18. verse 38 tells us that Jehu reigned 28 years before his death, and then Jehoahaz, his son, reigned in his place.
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