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.” 21 v4
As we have seen in our readings this year, there is sometimes night and day between father and son.
Jehoshaphat was a king who loved the Lord and followed Him.
His son Jehoram rejected God and followed the folly of the house of Ahab.
We meet here Athaliah the daughter of Ahab, Jehoram’s wife. And we need to remember and 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.
How sad are the words of Jehoram in 21 v20, “And he departed with no one’s regret.”
Equally as sad is to read of his son Ahaziah, who listens to his mother’s counsel instead of the Lord’s (22 v3-5).
We read here from his point of view the furious wrath of Jehu (who we met back in Kings).
And finally we have the murder (in line with what her husband did back in 21 v4) of all the royal family by Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab.
Praise God that in this situation, as in our lives too, Joseph’s words from Genesis 50 are true, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, …”!