Jehu Anointed King of Israel

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The last official act of Elisha was to be of great significance for both Israel and Judah. Jehu’s accession to the throne of Israel was predicted by Elijah (I Kings 19:16). Elijah had been commissioned by God to anoint Jehu king over Israel. This assignment fell to his successor Elisha, who delegated one of his disciples to do the actual anointing.

Jehu was one of the captains of the northern army (9:5). His inaugural commission was to carry out a fulfillment of God’s predicted judgment on the house of Ahab (I Kings 21:21-24). When the prophet anointed Jehu, he explained to him the purpose for which God had chosen him. He was to destroy Ahab’s household. This would avenge the blood of the Lord’s prophets and servants which had been shed as a result of Jezebel’s influence. Jeroboam’s and Baasha’s dynasties had ended violently and so would Ahab’s.

After the young  prophet had anointed Jehu, he ran away as Elisha had told him to do (v. 3). Seeing this the officers referred to the prophet as a madman (v. 11). Jehu tried to change the subject when his friends asked him what the prophet had said. However, these friends would not be put off and pressed to know what had happened. At this point Jehu explained that the prophets had anointed him king over Israel. Immediately the officers arranged a little ceremony, blowing the trumpets and shouting, Jehu is king!




Jehu’s actions to kill off all of the friends and relatives of Ahab may seem very harsh but unchecked Baal worship was destroying the nation. Sin must be dealt with in my life anytime it raises its ugly head, and if it isn’t taken care of, it will destroy me.


II Kings 9:1-13 (English Standard Version)

Then Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, "Tie up your garments, and take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead. And when you arrive, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi. And go in and have him rise from among his fellows, and lead him to an inner chamber. Then take the flask of oil and pour it on his head and say, 'Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.' Then open the door and flee; do not linger." So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. And when he came, behold, the commanders of the army were in council. And he said, "I have a word for you, O commander." And Jehu said, "To which of us all?" And he said, "To you, O commander." So he arose and went into the house. And the young man poured the oil on his head, saying to him, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, I anoint you king over the people of the LORD, over Israel. And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her." Then he opened the door and fled. When Jehu came out to the servants of his master, they said to him, "Is all well? Why did this mad fellow come to you?" And he said to them, "You know the fellow and his talk." And they said, "That is not true; tell us now." And he said, "Thus and so he spoke to me, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.'" Then in haste every man of them took his garment and put it under him on the bare steps, and they blew the trumpet and proclaimed, "Jehu is king."

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