Jehoram forsakes the Lord. This has bloody consequences. He is like Cain, a brother-killer. After six years, Elijah wrote to him and warned him of coming judgment. Jehoram didn’t listen and repent as Ahab did one time, as other kings did. He hardened his heart like Pharaoh. It’s a message that says: Don’t!
“When Jehoram had ascended the throne of his father and was established, he killed all his brothers with the sword, and also some of the princes of Israel.”
Jehoshaphat was a king who loved the Lord had followed Him.
Jehoram his son rejected God and followed after sin, doing as the house of Ahab did.
Here as well we meet Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab, Jehoram’s wife. And it is important to wrestle with the truth that it was Jehoshaphat who orchestrated this marriage alliance. When godly people choose to forget or look away from God’s wisdom, sin and brokenness abounds.
Athaliah seeded evil through three generations of reign – Jehoram her husband, Ahaziah her son and then taking the rule for herself (and killing off all but one of those who could rightfully rule).
Athaliah’s influence throughout God’s people is a clear example of the importance of the mindset the Berean church show us.
We cannot see into people’s hearts, we cannot fully understand their motives (or sometimes even our own).
But what do we have?
We have God’s word! It is His word on our hearts, written there in permanent ink by God’s Spirit – It is this that informs us, that guides us, that protects us.
* God Above,
Please Lord God, please write Your word upon our hearts today. We need Your word Oh Lord, it is our life and health, our sustenance and strength.
Please show us today what You would have us know.