Devotional – God’s justice and extreme violence 2 Kings 9-10, Hosea 1:4

These two chapters of 2 Kings are filled with blood.  Jehu who was a commander of Israel, was anointed as king. He then killed the king of Israel Joram, king of Judah Ahaziah, Jezebel, the Queen mother and the priests of Baal. Even more, in Chapter 10, Jehu threatened the officials of Jezreel and eventually made them kill all Ahab’s children (70). Moreover anyone related to Ahab, the chief men, his friends, his priests or those just came to visit the king, none could escape (2 Kings 10:13).  Perhaps, someone might say: this kind of killing seems common in history when there is change in dynasty.  Also, it seems to be the fulfillment of word of the LORD spoken to Elijah (2 Kings 10:17).  Even so, we still  have to ask these questions: Does God really approve this kind of extreme violence? Were all killed deserved death?

According to 2 Kings 10:30, seems like we get an answer.  Yet we found another one in Hosea 1:4.

We hear the voice from God: “And the Lord said to him (prophet Hosea), Call his (son) name Jezreel, for in just a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.”

God’s nature is love, justice and righteous.  He is the ultimate standard of justice. He cares for the poor and the innocent. He would not be pleased if innocent one dies, even the one who kills is the anointed one! He holds him accountable.

History gives us lesson, but are we learning from it?  We are in the blink of war again. When war breaks out, with the mass destruction weapon, many innocent people would die. In a globalized word today, we all will be affected.  As the follower of Christ, I believe there is something we can do: let us pray for peace and pray for the leaders of the world, that they will exercise patience and give more consideration of the people instead of their own interest.

August 10,  2017