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God’s Wrath…and Love

I’ve mentioned before that Jeroboam was singled out over and over again for leading the Israelites into sin.  Though he was not the worst king of Israel, God singled him out for punishment because he started them down the evil path.  Now, as promised, God’s wrath on Jeroboam’s house is poured out.

Now there were in Samaria seventy sons of the house of Ahab. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria: to the officials of Jezreel, to the elders and to the guardians of Ahab’s children. He said, “As soon as this letter reaches you, since your master’s sons are with you and you have chariots and horses, a fortified city and weapons, choose the best and most worthy of your master’s sons and set him on his father’s throne. Then fight for your master’s house.”

But they were terrified and said, “If two kings could not resist him, how can we?”

So the palace administrator, the city governor, the elders and the guardians sent this message to Jehu: “We are your servants and we will do anything you say. We will not appoint anyone as king; you do whatever you think best.”

Then Jehu wrote them a second letter, saying, “If you are on my side and will obey me, take the heads of your master’s sons and come to me in Jezreel by this time tomorrow.”

Now the royal princes, seventy of them, were with the leading men of the city, who were rearing them.  When the letter arrived, these men took the princes and slaughtered all seventy of them. They put their heads in baskets and sent them to Jehu in Jezreel.  When the messenger arrived, he told Jehu, “They have brought the heads of the princes.”

Then Jehu ordered, “Put them in two piles at the entrance of the city gate until morning.”  — 2 Kings 10:1-8

I am trying to imagine what seventy heads would look like, in two piles – and how horrific it would be if they were my own flesh and blood.  God’s wrath is truly terrible to behold.  Who can say that “a loving God would never allow harm to come to someone”.  God loves us more than we can imagine – but He is also serious about punishing wickedness.

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