Updated: Dec 7, 2020
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INTRODUCTION. During the time Elijah and Elisha were doing their work, there was
turmoil in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. In the northern kingdom of Israel, the
wicked Ahab was succeeded on the throne first by one son, and following his death, by
a second son. Both of these kings were wicked as their father.
A descendant of David ascended the throne in Judah about the same time as Ahab's
first son began reigning in Israel. This king of Judah was married to Athaliah who was
the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. The king was wicked, as was his wife, and his son
who succeeded him on the throne was also wicked.
Meanwhile God instructed Elisha to anoint Jehu as king of Israel. God chose Jehu as
his instrument to destroy the house (descendants) of Ahab, thus fulfilling the prophecy
of Elijah (I Kings 21:21-22; II Kings 9:1-13). Jehu immediately commenced the task of conspiring against the descendants of Ahab and eliminating them. First, Jehu rode in his chariot to the city of Jezreel. As he approached the city, the king of Israel and the king of Judah who were visiting one another rode in their chariots to meet Jehu. Jehu slew both kings then continued on to the city (II Kings 9:14-29).<