Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives. The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version. At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture. To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.
2 Chronicles 21:8-20
2 Kings 8:23-10:17
2 Chronicles 22:1-7
2 Kings 10:18-31
Questions & Observations
Q. (2 Chronicles 21:8): The Edomites were not a part of Israel or Judah, right? Were they a vassal state also, like Moab? They wanted freedom from paying tributes to Judah?
A. Yes. Israel/Judah became powerful during David and Solomon’s reigns, and took on several vassal states. But as the power decreased down the line, these servant peoples began to revolt against their ruling nation.
Q. (21:16): It seems ironic that God is waging a war against His Own people. But, if we want to think deeper, He is actually trying to rid them of evil and reestablish himself. He needs to show them who is king and who will provide for them. Are the wicked kings too proud to admit someone is more powerful than them? They shouldn’t, they are worshipping other idols. I don’t understand if they are going to worship something, which they do, why deny God? They know of His power, yet they belittle it.
A. In Israel, this whole mess began, as the end of the reading told us, with Jeroboam building the golden calves in order to prevent the people from worshipping God Himself. Every king since then has followed suit, either by doing evil, or like Jehu, not correcting the original error of having set up idols. Essentially, this is really an issue of control and power. These kings are capable of controlling these other “gods” and using their “power” for their own purposes, but God will not be so easily manipulated. The unwillingness to submit to the true God’s demands is at the heart of the corruption you have been seeing.
Q. (2 Kings 9:3): Why should this prophet have to run after anointing Jehu as king of Israel? This scene is humorous.
A. He was telling the commander of a king’s army to commit treason against that king, and could not know for sure how he would react. If the commander refused the order, he likely would have killed the prophet.
O. (9:13): We don’t see any deliberation here from Jehu about being anointed. He took the task by the horns and ran with it.
Q. (9:19): Jehu is saying, “Follow me and you’ll see peace?”
A. He is stalling for time and not lying about his intent by saying he comes in peace when he really does not.
O. (9:30-37): The witch is dead! And the people said, “AMEN!”
Q. (2 Chronicles 22:9): Jehu was Ahaziah’s uncle?
A. Nope. Jehu was unrelated to Ahaziah.
O. (2 Kings 10:27): A toilet? Now that’s some humor!
Q. (10:31): What, after all of that work for God he is going to follow Jeroboam? I thought Jehu was going to be a really good king.
A. Relative to the other kings of Israel at the time, he was. That’s why his family got to rule for the next three generations.