Thoughts and Reflection

Today we learn when Jehu asks the people which of Ahab’s seventy sons they want to be their king, they instead choose him. So Jehu commands them to kill all of Ahab’s sons and bring him their heads. He does this to eliminate any threat to his rule from the house of Ahab. Jehu also eliminates the false worship of Baal by killing his followers. He keeps Jeroboam’s golden calves in Bethel and Dan, however.

We start to read from Amos who prophesies several decades after these events when Jeroboam II is the king. Amos frequently says that there will be consequences for adding sin upon sin. We continue to read about the transgressions of Judah. They have rejected the Law of the Lord and continue their false worship even when they have a temple. Amos calls them back to true worship.

He speaks out against Israel for both false worship and injustice in the sight of the Lord. The people of Israel are not caring for the poor. The Lord continues to bless his people with prosperity, they willfully turn away Fromm him. This makes his judgment unavoidable. ‘

Have you turned away from the Lord?

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Daily Readings

2 Kings 10

1 There were seventy of Ahab’s sons in Samaria. Jehu sent to Samaria, to the authorities of the city, to the elders and to the guardians of Ahab’s children. He said,

2 ‘Now, when this letter reaches you, you have your master’s sons with you; you also have chariots and horses, a fortified city and weapons.

3 See which of your master’s sons is the best and worthiest, put him on his father’s throne and fight for your master’s dynasty!’

4 They were utterly terrified. ‘We have seen how the two kings could not stand up to him,’ they said, ‘so how could we?’

5 Consequently the master of the palace, the governor of the city, the elders and the guardians sent word to Jehu, ‘We are your servants. We shall do whatever you order us. We shall not proclaim a king; act as you think best.’

6 Jehu then wrote them a second letter. He said, ‘If you are for me and if you are prepared to accept orders from me, take the heads of the men of your master’s family and come to me at Jezreel by this time tomorrow.’ (There were seventy of Ahab’s sons being educated there by the leading men of the city.)

7 When this letter reached them, they took the king’s sons and butchered all seventy of them, put their heads in baskets and sent them to him at Jezreel.

8 The messenger came and told Jehu, ‘They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.’ ‘Leave them in two heaps at the entrance to the gate until morning,’ he replied.

9 When morning came, he went out and, standing, said to all the people, ‘No guilt attaches to you! I did indeed plot against my master and have killed him; but what about all these? Who struck them?

10 Know, then, that nothing will fail to be fulfilled of the prophecy uttered by Yahweh against the House of Ahab; Yahweh has done what he said through his servant Elijah.’

11 Jehu then killed every member of the House of Ahab surviving in Jezreel, all his leading men, his close friends, his priests; he did not leave a single one alive.

12 Jehu then set out for Samaria. As he was on his way, at Beth-Eked of the Shepherds,

13 he met the brothers of Ahaziah king of Judah. ‘Who are you?’ he asked. ‘We are Ahaziah’s brothers,’ they replied, ‘and we are on our way to pay our respects to the king’s sons and the queen mother’s sons.’

14 ‘Take them alive,’ he said. They took them alive, and he slaughtered them at the storage-well of Beth-Eked, forty-two of them; he did not spare a single one.

15 Leaving there, he came on Jehonadab son of Rechab who was on his way to meet him. He greeted him and said, ‘Is your heart true to mine, as my heart is to yours?’ Jehonadab replied, ‘Yes.’ ‘If so,’ Jehu said, ‘give me your hand.’ Jehonadab gave him his hand, and Jehu took him up beside him in his chariot.

16 ‘Come with me,’ he said, ‘and witness my zeal for Yahweh,’ and took him along in his chariot.

17 When he entered Samaria, he killed all the survivors of Ahab’s family there; he destroyed it, as Yahweh had told Elijah it would happen.

18 Then Jehu assembled all the people. ‘Ahab did Baal some small service,’ he said, ‘but Jehu will do him a great one.

19 Now call me all the prophets of Baal and all his priests. Not one is to be absent: I have a great sacrifice to offer to Baal. If anyone is absent, he will forfeit his life.’ This was a trick on Jehu’s part to destroy the devotees of Baal.

20 ‘Summon a sacred assembly for Baal,’ he commanded; and they summoned it.

21 Jehu sent messengers throughout Israel, and all the devotees of Baal arrived, not a man was left who did not attend. They crowded into the temple of Baal until it was full from wall to wall.

22 Jehu then said to the keeper of the wardrobe, ‘Bring out vestments for all the devotees of Baal’; he brought out the vestments for them.

23 Jehu then went into the temple of Baal with Jehonadab son of Rechab and said to Baal’s devotees, ‘Make quite sure that there are no devotees of Yahweh in here with you, but only devotees of Baal.’

24 He then proceeded to present sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had stationed eighty of his men outside, having said, ‘Whoever lets one of the people go whom I am now putting within your clutches, will pay for it with his life.’

25 When he had finished making the burnt offering, he gave the order to the guards and equerries, ‘Go in, strike them down! Let no one out!’ The guards and equerries went in, putting everyone to the sword all the way to the sanctuary of Baal’s temple.

26 They took the sacred pole out of Baal’s temple and burned it.

27 They demolished Baal’s image and demolished Baal’s temple too, making it into a latrine, which it still is today.

28 Thus Jehu rid Israel of Baal.

29 Even so, Jehu did not give up the sins into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel, the golden calves of Bethel and Dan.

30 Yahweh said to Jehu, ‘Since you have done well in carrying out what pleases me, and have done everything I required to be done to the House of Ahab, your sons will occupy the throne of Israel down to the fourth generation.’

31 Jehu, however, did not faithfully and wholeheartedly follow the law of Yahweh, God of Israel; he did not give up the sins into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel.

32 At that time Yahweh began to whittle Israel down, and Hazael defeated the Israelites throughout the territory east of the Jordan:

33 the whole territory of Gilead — of the Gadites, the Reubenites and the Manassehites — from Aroer on the River Arnon: Gilead and Bashan.

34 The rest of the history of Jehu, his entire career, all his prowess, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?

35 Then he fell asleep with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria; his son Jehoahaz succeeded him.

36 Jehu’s reign over Israel in Samaria lasted twenty-eight years.

Amos 1

1 Words of Amos one of the shepherds of Tekoa. The visions he had about Israel, in the time of Uzziah king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

2 He said: Yahweh roars from Zion, and makes himself heard from Jerusalem; the shepherds’ pastures mourn, and the crown of Carmeldries up.

3 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Damascus, I have made my decree and will not relent: because they have threshed Gilead with iron threshing-sledges,

4 I shall send fire down on the House of Hazael to devour the palaces of Ben-Hadad;

5 I shall break the gate-bar of Damascus, I shall destroy the inhabitant of Bikath-Aven, the holder of the sceptre in Beth-Eden, and the people of Aram will be deported to Kir, Yahweh says.

6 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Gaza, I have made my decree and will not relent: because they have deported entire nations as slaves to Edom,

7 I shall send fire down on the walls of Gaza to devour its palaces;

8 I shall destroy the inhabitant of Ashdod, the holder of the sceptre in Ashkelon; I shall turn my hand against Ekron and the remnant of the Philistines will perish, says the Lord Yahweh.

9 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Tyre, I have made my decree and will not relent: because they have handed hosts of captives over to Edom, heedless of a covenant of brotherhood,

10 I shall send fire down on the walls of Tyre to devour its palaces.

11 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Edom, I have made my decree and will not relent: because he has pursued his brother with the sword, because he has stifled any sense of pity, and perpetually nursed his anger and constantly cherished his rage,

12 I shall send fire down on Teman to devour the palaces of Bozrah.

13 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of the Ammonites, I have made my decree and will not relent: because they have disembowelled the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend their own frontiers,

14 I shall light a fire against the walls of Rabbah to devour its palaces amid war cries on the day of battle, in a whirlwind on the day of storm,

15 and their king shall go into captivity, he and his chief men with him, says Yahweh.

Amos 2

1 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Moab, I have made my decree and will not relent: because they have burnt the bones of the king of Edom to ash,

2 I shall send fire down into Moab to devour the palaces of Kerioth, and Moab will die in the tumult, amid war cries and the blare of trumpets;

3 I shall destroy the ruler there and slaughter all the chief men there with him, says Yahweh.

4 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Judah, I have made my decree and will not relent: because they have despised Yahweh’s law and not kept his commandments, since their Falsehoods, which their ancestors followed, have led them astray,

5 I shall send fire down on Judah to devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

6 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Israel, I have made my decree and will not relent: because they have sold the upright for silver and the poor for a pair of sandals,

7 because they have crushed the heads of the weak into the dust and thrust the rights of the oppressed to one side, father and son sleeping with the same girl and thus profaning my holy name,

8 lying down beside every altar on clothes acquired as pledges, and drinking the wine of the people they have fined in the house of their god.

9 Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, he who was as tall as the cedars, as strong as the oaks; I who destroyed his fruit above ground and his roots below.

10 It was I who brought you up from Egypt and for forty years led you through the desert to take possession of the Amorite’s country;

11 I who raised up prophets from your sons and Nazirites from your young men. Israelites, is this not true? -declares Yahweh!

12 But you have made the Nazirite drink wine and given orders to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy.’

13 Very well! Like a cart overloaded with sheaves I shall crush you where you stand;

14 flight will be cut off for the swift, the strong will have no chance to exert his strength nor the warrior be able to save his life;

15 the archer will not stand his ground, the swift of foot will not escape, nor will the horseman save his life;

16 even the bravest of warriors will jettison his arms and run away, that day! -declares Yahweh!

Amos 3

1 Listen, Israelites, to this prophecy which Yahweh pronounces against you, against the whole family which I brought up from Egypt:

2 You alone have I intimately known of all the families of earth, that is why I shall punish you for all your wrong-doings.

3 Do two people travel together unless they have agreed to do so?

4 Does the lion roar in the forest if it has no prey? Does the young lion growl in his lair if it has caught nothing?

5 Does a bird fall on the ground in a net unless a trap has been set for it? Will the net spring up from the ground without catching something?

6 Does the trumpet sound in the city without the people being alarmed? Does misfortune come to a city if Yahweh has not caused it?

7 No indeed, Lord Yahweh does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

8 The lion roars: who is not afraid? Lord Yahweh has spoken: who will not prophesy?

9 From the palace roofs of Assyria and from the palace roofs of Egypt, proclaim aloud, ‘Assemble on the hills of Samaria and observe the grave disorders inside her and the acts of oppression there!’

10 Little they know of right conduct -declares Yahweh- who cram their palaces with violence and extortion.

11 This is why — Lord Yahweh says this- an enemy will soon besiege the land, he will bring down your strength and your palaces will be looted.

12 Yahweh says this: As the shepherd rescues two legs or the tip of an ear from the lion’s mouth, so will the children of Israel be salvaged who now loll in Samaria in the corners of their beds, on their divans of Damascus.

13 Listen and testify against the House of Jacob -declares the Lord Yahweh, God Sabaoth-

14 the day when I punish Israel for his crimes I shall also punish the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be hacked off and will fall to the ground.

15 I shall blast winter house with summer house, ivory houses will be destroyed and many mansions cease to be -declares Yahweh.

Psalm 110

1 [Of David Psalm] Yahweh declared to my Lord, ‘Take your seat at my right hand, till I have made your enemies your footstool.’

2 Yahweh will stretch out the sceptre of your power; from Zion you will rule your foes all around you.

3 Royal dignity has been yours from the day of your birth, sacred honour from the womb, from the dawn of your youth.

4 Yahweh has sworn an oath he will never retract, you are a priest for ever of the order of Melchizedek.

5 At your right hand, Lord, he shatters kings when his anger breaks out.

6 He judges nations, heaping up corpses, he breaks heads over the whole wide world.

7 He drinks from a stream as he goes, and therefore he holds his head high.

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