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Haftarah-Shekalim-Historical Background IV-Yehu’s Failure Print E-mail

Prophets-Bible-Study-Haftarah-ShekalimThen Yehu brought all the people together and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little; Yehu will serve him much. Now summon all the prophets of Baal, all his servants and all his priests. See that no one is missing, because I am going to hold a great sacrifice for Baal. Anyone who fails to come will no longer live.”


But Yehu was acting deceptively in order to destroy the servants of Baal.

Yehu said, “Call an assembly in honor of Baal.” So they proclaimed it. Then he sent word throughout Israel, and all the servants of Baal came; not one stayed away. They crowded into the temple of Baal until it was full from one end to the other.

And Yehu said to the keeper of the wardrobe, “Bring robes for all the servants of Baal.” So he brought out robes for them.

Then Yehu and Yehonadav son of Rekav went into the temple of Baal.

Yehu said to the servants of Baal,

“Look around and see that no one who serves God is here with you—only servants of Baal.”

So they went in to make sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Yehu had posted eighty men outside with this warning: “If one of you lets any of the men I am placing in your hands escape, it will be your life for his life.”

As soon as Yehu had finished making the burnt offering, he ordered the guards and officers:

“Go in and kill them; let no one escape.” So they cut them down with the sword. The guards and officers threw the bodies out and then entered the inner shrine of the temple of Baal.

They brought the sacred stone out of the temple of Baal and burned it. They demolished the sacred stone of Baal and tore down the temple of Baal, and people have used it for a latrine to this day.

So Yehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel.

However, he did not turn away from the sins of Yeravam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit—the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan.

God said to Yehu, “Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.”

Yet Yehu was not careful to keep the law of God, the Lord of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Yeravam, which he had caused Israel to commit.

In those days God began to reduce the size of Israel. Hazael overpowered the Israelites throughout their territory east of the Jordan in all the land of Gilead (the region of Gad, Reuben and Manasseh), from Aroer by the Arnon Gorge through Gilead to Bashan.

As for the other events of Yehu’s reign, all he did, and all his achievements, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?

Yehu rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. And Yehoahaz his son succeeded him as king.

The time that Yehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years. (Ii Kings 10:18-36)

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