Bible Time Period: Divided Kingdom
Israel split into rival kingdoms and fell into idolatry: help me to choose your kingship over other loves.
God will ultimately punish the people of the kingdom of Israel (those in the north) for their apostasy by removing them from the Land of Promise. In chapter 10, watch as God begins to reduce the size of their territory.
In these chapters, Jehu is anointed king of Israel and is appointed to destroy the house of Ahab (recall that the “house” of Ahab refers to his dynasty. That word was used in the same sense when God promised David He would build him a “house” that would stand forever). In chapters 11-12, king Jehoram’s earlier choice of a wife (remember yesterday’s reading) leads to a deadly turn and the near destruction of the line of David. Young king Joash is a bright light in the history of the southern kingdom of Judah.
How is the line of David saved?
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