2 Kings 7
Elisha prophesies from God, that the famine will end and that there will be an instant ample supply of food.
2 Kings 7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
A prince then aired his disbelief and Elisha foretells his death.
7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
Then four lepers of Israel decided to take a chance and go to the Syrians.
7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? 7:4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
These four lepers found the Syrians gone and all their supplies abandoned, for God had filled the Syrians with fear and caused them to depart from Samaria.
Almighty God reveals his wisdom and power and causes the Syrians to hear the noise of an approaching army, and the Syrians cast aside all that they have and flee for their lives. Our God is so wise and so powerful that he can perform his will in all circumstances!
Let us put our trust in God and live by every Word of God, for whatever God’s will is for us in this life, he will open the graves of his faithful on that day!
7:5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. 7:6 For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
The Syrians were terrified and left everything they had behind in a panic, not even taking their horses which one would think they would have ridden away.
7:7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
In their starving condition the four lepers took what they wanted and then began to think of the people in the city.
7:8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
The four lepers then gave the news to the gatekeepers and officials of Samaria in the night.
7:9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household. 7:10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
The king of Israel is informed, and suspects a stratagem by Syria.
7:11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king’s house within. 7:12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.
A commander advised that a few men be sent to reconnoiter the camp.
7:13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are [starving] as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see.
The king then sent out two horses and men and they found the Syrians had fled in panic discarding everything on their way.
7:14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see. 7:15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
Then the starving people rushed out to eat.
7:16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.
Then the faithless prince who had been placed in charge of the city gates was trampled to death in the rush of the people and the word of the LORD by Elisha was fulfilled.
7:17 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.
7:18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria: 7:19 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
7:20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.
2 Kings 8
Elisha then prophesied to the woman his friend, the word of the LORD that a famine of seven years would come on the entire land.
2 Kings 8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years. 8:2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
The woman and her family later returned after the seven year famine and sought to regain their home and land.
8:3 And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.
Gehazi was still around and still serving Elisha, having learned a powerful lesson in the matter of Naaman and he is called to tell the king about the deeds of Elisha. When he spoke of the dead son and his mother, the actual woman came before the king; and so the story was confirmed.
8:4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. 8:5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
Then the king restored all that was hers, including all the harvests reaped during her seven year’s absence.
8:6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.
Then Elisha went to Damascus where Benhadad who had fought with Israel still ruled Syria.
8:7 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither.
Benhadad sought out Elisha and the Eternal about his illness. The actions of Benhadad were more righteous than that of the king of Israel who had consulted the idols of Beelzebub about his illness.
8:8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?
8:9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?
8:10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die.
Elisha looked upon the man carefully until the messenger Hazael was uncomfortable and then Elisha wept.
8:11 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept.
Elisha prophesies that this messenger, Hazael will rule Syria and that he will do much destruction on Israel.
8:12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he [Elisha] answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child. 8:13 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
Hazael told Benhadad that he would recover of his illness and the next day murdered him by suffocation.
8:14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me that thou shouldest surely recover. 8:15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.
8:16 And in the fifth year of Joram [Jehoram] the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign. 8:17 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah married the daughter of Ahab king of Israel and followed the wickedness of Ahab and Israel in Judah.
8:18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the LORD. 8:19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.
Then the tributaries from the days of Solomon revolted from Judah.
8:20 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves. 8:21 So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and he rose by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled into their tents. 8:22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
8:23 And the rest of the acts of Joram [Jehoram] , and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 8:24 And Joram ]Jehoram] slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.
Ahaziah becomes king of Judah after the death of his father Jehoram; in the 12th year of Joram king of Israel.
8:25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.
Ahaziah reigned wickedly one year and was son in law to Ahab of Israel. This is a lesson that we are not to marry unconverted persons; and that while we are to listen to our wives, we are to separate the wheat of godliness from the chaff of paganism and any lack of zeal to keep the whole Word of God.
8:26 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel. 8:27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in law of the house of Ahab.
The wicked Ahaziah of Judah went with Joram the king of Israel to battle against Syria. Joram king of Israel was wounded and Ahaziah king of Judah then went to Samaria to visit his father in law the king of Israel.
Ahaziah’s marriage into the family of Ahab and his wickedness of both these men, seems to have made friends of these two kings.
8:28 And he went with Joram the son [descendent of] of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram. 8:29 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which 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.
2 Kings 9
Elisha called a comrade and commissioned him to anoint Jehu king of Israel.
2 Kings 9:1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead: 9:2 And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber; 9:3 Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.
The young man finds Jehu and anoints him king of Israel.
9:4 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead. 9:5 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain. 9:6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.
Jehu is commissioned to kill the family of Ahab by the God Being who later gave up his God-hood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ.
9:7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. 9:8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: 9:9 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:
Remember that Jezebel was the wife of Ahab and by now has grown quite elderly but still is the Queen mother of the nation. As she rode upon the nation of Israel, the religious Jezebel rides upon many nations of the earth today. We are to utterly despise and reject the ungodly doctrine and prophecy of Jezebel.
9:10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled.
Jehu’s fellow commanders asked him what was done and Jehu tells them.
9:11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication. 9:12 And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.
His fellow commanders immediately proclaimed Jehu king and pledged the loyalty of the army of Israel to him. Jehu did not wait as David did, but conspired against the wounded king Jehoram.
9:13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king. 9:14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.
Jehu then commanded that his crowning should be kept secret from king Joram, while he gathered an army against the king of Israel.
9:15 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds, then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel.
Jehu the went to Jezreel to kill Joram king of Israel.
9:16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.
Joram sent a messenger to see what this new army was all about, and the messenger went over to Jehu.
9:17 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace? 9:18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.
Then the watchman on the wall sent a second messenger who also turned to Jehu, and the watchman on the wall identified Jehu leading the army.
9:19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. 9:20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.
The kings of Israel and Judah went out to fight Jehu and appropriately the armies clashed in the field of Naboth.
9:21 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.
Joram [Jehoram] king of Israel, fled at the judgment pronounced by Jehu.
9:22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many? 9:23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah [king of Judah], There is treachery, O Ahaziah.
Then Jehu killed Joram [Jehoram] king of Israel with an arrow. This is king Jehoram of Israel, not king Jehoram of Judah who had died earlier and been succeeded by Ahaziah.
9:24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram [Joram] between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.
9:25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him; 9:26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in this plat , saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground , according to the word of the LORD.
Ahaziah king of Judah who was full of the same wickedness and was friend to the wicked Joram [Jehoram] king of Israel, was also killed in this fight.
9:27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there. 9:28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David.
9:29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah, [and he died by the army of Jehu one year later].
Jezebel knowing her end was near when Jehu reached the city, adorned herself in her royal robes did her hair and made herself up to appear before Jehu and the people in her royal splendor as the Queen Mother of Israel.
9:30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.
Jezebel warns Jehu that he who slays his own king will have no peace. Then at Jehu’s command a few of the eunuchs threw her down from the window so that she died.
9:31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? 9:32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. 9:33 And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.
Then Jehu commanded to bury Jezebel because she was a king’s daughter [the daughter of the king of Tyre].
9:34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter.
They found only a few of her bones
9:35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. 9:36 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: 9:37 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.
Jezebel the worshiper of Baal is a type of all false religions, including the idolizing of men, false traditions and teachings, and of corporate organizations; above the Word of God.
When Messiah the Christ comes he will utterly destroy the Jezebel like behavior of idolizing any person or anything, above living by every Word of God.