Jehoram And Ahaziah Reigns in Judah

The story is told of a little boy sitting on his front steps with his face cradled in his hands, looking so forlorn. His dad came home just then and asked him what was wrong. The little boy looked up & said, “Well, just between us, Dad, I’m having trouble getting … More




The scene switches to the events occurring in Judah. When Jehoshaphat died, his son Jehoram became king (v. 16). He was 32 years old when he became king, and he ruled eight years from Jerusalem (v. 17). At this point in the history of Judah, the foolish alliance Jehoshaphat had made with Ahab began to bear fruit. Part of that treaty included the marriage of Jehoram to Ahab’s and Jezebel’s daughter, Athaliah. Jehoram did not walk in the godly ways of his father, but was influenced by his wife to walk in the ways of his in-laws (v. 18). But the Lord refused to destroy Judah, because he promised someone from David’s family would always rule (v. 19). Joram ruled Judah during a time of upheaval (vv. 20-22). Both Edom and the Philistine city of Lebnah revolted and established themselves as independent. Jehoram took his army and tried to put down this rebellion, but he was unsuccessful and barely escaped with his life (v. 22). This situation politically isolated Judah and she became an island surrounded on all sides with trouble.


Joram died of a painful disease of the intestines (2 Chron. 21:18). He had been warned by Elijah earlier in his reign because of his wickedness (2 Chron. 21:12-15), but he did not change his ways and died as Elijah had prophesied. Joram’s successor was his son Ahaziah (v. 24). He was influenced by his evil mother, Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and followed in the wicked ways of his ancestors in the Northern Kingdom (v. 27).  Continuing in the alliance with Israel, he engaged his troops in battle with those of his brother-in-law, Joram of Israel, at Ramoth-gilead (v. 28). Joram was wounded and returned to Jezreel to recover (v. 29). Ahaziah came from Jerusalem to visit him and while there Jehu attacked and killed Joram while Ahaziah fled to Megiddo.





The person that we marry is very important. Jehoram’s marriage to Athaliah may have been politically advantageous but actually it was deadly. That is why dating and marrying an unsaved person is such a wrong thing to do.


II Kings 8:16-29 (English Standard Version)

In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign. He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, since he promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever. In his days Edom revolted from the rule of Judah and set up a king of their own. Then Joram passed over to Zair with all his chariots and rose by night, and he and his chariot commanders struck the Edomites who had surrounded him, but his army fled home. So Edom revolted from the rule of Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time. Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? So Joram slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place. In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign. Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah; she was a granddaughter of Omri king of Israel. He also walked in the way of the house of Ahab and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for he was son-in-law to the house of Ahab. He went with Joram the son of Ahab to make war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead, and the Syrians wounded Joram. And King Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

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