He was fully committed to his cause and the Word of God. If we are going to defeat the spirit of Jezebel we, like Jehu, must be fully committed to serving our Lord Jesus Christ.Jonas Clark, Jezebel, Seducing Goddess of War, Page 162
Cast Down Jezebel: The Series
In my previous Jezebel post I went into detail about Ahab, Jezebel’s main enabler. In today’s post I’ll be switching gears to talk about Jehu, one of the good guys. Jehu was a warrior empowered by God to defeat both Jezebel and all the descendants of Ahab, which he did relentlessly. Jehu still battles these unclean demonic spirits today.
Up to this point I’ve been discussing the forces of evil, so it’ll be a nice change to discuss one of the good guys!
Who Was Jehu?
Jehu is first mentioned in 1 Kings 19. This is after the Prophet Elijah fled into the wilderness following his epic victory against the prophets of Baal. He had run away because of the supernatural fear unleashed against him by Jezebel’s witchcraft message, as I detailed in Post 4.
When Elijah is in hiding, wishing to die, God comes to him and encourages him to get up and finish his mission. God gives Elijah some instructions, one of which is to anoint Jehu as the new king of Israel:
(16) Also anoint Jehu, Nimshi’s son, as king of Israel; and anoint Elisha from Abel-meholah, Shaphat’s son, to succeed you as prophet. (17) Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill. Whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. (18) But I have preserved those who remain in Israel, totaling seven thousand—all those whose knees haven’t bowed down to Baal and whose mouths haven’t kissed him.”1 Kings 19:16-18 (CEB)
But it would take time before Jehu’s anointing. In fact, Elijah passed away before it happened. A servant of Elijah’s successor Elisha was the one who anointed Commander Jehu in 2 Kings 9. Let’s look at this scene, which is in 2 Kings 9:1-10.
(1) The prophet Elisha called to a member of the group of prophets, “Get ready, take this jug of oil with you, and go to Ramoth-gilead. (2) When you arrive there, look for Jehu, Jehoshaphat’s son and Nimshi’s grandson. Go to him, then pull him away from his associates, taking him to a private room. (3) Take the jug of oil and pour it on his head. Then say, ‘This is what the LORD has said: I anoint you king of Israel.’ Then open the door, and run out of there without stopping.” (4) So the young prophet went to Ramoth-gilead. (5) He came in, and the military commanders were sitting right there. He said, “Commander, I have a word for you.”“For which one of us?” Jehu asked. The young prophet said, “For you, Commander.” (6) So Jehu got up and went inside. The prophet then poured oil on his head and said to him, “This is what the LORD, Israel’s God, says: I anoint you king over the LORD’s people, over Israel. (7) You will strike down your master Ahab’s family. In this way I will take revenge for the violence done by Jezebel to my servants the prophets and to all the LORD’s servants. (8) Ahab’s whole family will die. I will eliminate from Ahab everyone who urinates on a wall, whether slave or free, in Israel. (9) I will make Ahab’s dynasty like the dynasty of Jeroboam, Nebat’s son, and like the dynasty of Baasha, Ahijah’s son. (10) And as for Jezebel: The dogs will devour her in the area of Jezreel. No one will bury her.” Then the young prophet opened the door and ran. 2 Kings 9:1-10 (CEB)
After a long wait, what the LORD instructed Elijah had finally come to pass. Commander Jehu was anointed king of Israel. Now that he was anointed, it was time for him to rise up and take the throne. In the process he would cast down Jezebel and destroy Ahab’s whole family line.
Jehu’s fellow commanders immediately accepted his new role as king of Israel. Here’s what happened in 2 Kings 9:11-13 after Elisha’s servant left:
(11) Jehu went out to his master’s officers. They said to him, “Is everything okay? Why did this fanatic come to you?” Jehu said to them, “You know the man and the nonsense he talks.” (12) “That’s a lie!” they said. “Come on, tell us!” Jehu replied, “This is what he said to me: ‘This is what the LORD says: I anoint you king of Israel.’” (13) Then each man quickly took his cloak and put it beneath Jehu on the paved steps. They blew a trumpet and said, “Jehu has become king!” 2 Kings 9:11-13 (CEB)
With his troops ready, Jehu didn’t waste any time getting started. He set out for battle on his mission from God to strike down Ahab’s family line and reclaim Israel. Now would come the seven battles of Jehu.
The Seven Battles of Jehu
1. Jehu kills Joram/Jehoram
Joram/Jehoram was the ninth king of the northern Kingdom of Israel and a son of Ahab and Jezebel. In 2 Kings 9 we learn that Joram had been fighting to defend Ramoth-gilead from the forces of Aram’s King Hazael. Joram had been wounded and went back to Jezreel to recover. His son King Ahaziah (the son of Joram and Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel) went to visit him there.
Jehu knew that Joram was resting in Jezreel and mounted his chariot to lead his forces there. When Jehu’s force was detected, King Joram sent out messengers twice to find out if Jehu’s intentions were peaceful. Both times Jehu convinced the messengers to join his side (2 Kings 9:17-20).
Jehu kept coming. The tower guard remarked that “Jehu drives like a madman” (2 Kings 9:20). Kings Joram and Ahaziah had no choice but to ride out to meet Jehu on the field. They mounted their chariots and left the palace, happening to meet Jehu at Naboth’s vineyard, the place where the innocent Naboth had died so Ahab could take the land. I went over that story in the previous post.
Likely intimidated by the warrior, Joram asked if Jehu wanted peace. Jehu gave a defiant reply, stating there could be no peace as long as Jezebel was queen and her witchcraft allowed to continue. Take note that Jehu explicitly calls out Jezebel’s witchcraft (sorcery).
When Joram saw Jehu, he said, “Do you come in peace, Jehu?”
He said, “How can there be peace as long as the immoralities of your mother Jezebel and her many acts of sorcery continue?”2 Kings 9:22 (CEB)
This is the correct answer whenever tempted to compromise with Jezebel! I will discuss this point further, below.
After refusing peace, Jehu attacked and killed King Joram, a son of Ahab and Jezebel.
(23) Then Joram turned his chariot around and fled. He shouted to Ahaziah, “It’s a trap, Ahaziah!” (24) Jehu took his bow and shot Joram in the back. The arrow went through his heart, and he fell down in his chariot. (25) Jehu said to Bidkar his chariot officer, “Pick him up, and throw him on the plot of ground belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. Remember how you and I were driving chariot teams behind his father Ahab when the LORD spoke this prophecy about him: (26) Yesterday I saw Naboth’s blood and his sons’ blood, declares the LORD. I swear that I will pay you back on this very plot of ground, declares the LORD. Now pick him up, and throw him on that plot of ground, in agreement with the LORD’s word.” 2 Kings 9:23-26 (CEB)
And Joram’s body was thrown on the ground in Naboth’s vineyard. This was God’s vengeance: The injustice of Naboth’s murder was avenged by the blood of one of Ahab’s sons. Next up was one of Ahab’s grandsons.
2. Jehu kills Ahaziah
This is a short battle, and it continues on from the first one, but it happened in a different location so let’s count it separate.
What happened is simple. When Ahaziah saw Joram get killed, he turned and fled. Jehu and his forces chased after Ahaziah, they shot him, and he died from his wounds after making it to Megiddo.
(27) Judah’s King Ahaziah saw this and fled on the road to Beth-haggan. Jehu chased after him. “Do the same to him!” he commanded. They shot him in his chariot on the way up to Gur, near Ibleam. Ahaziah fled to Megiddo and died there. 2 Kings 9:27 (CEB)
3. Jehu kills Jezebel
Finally, this is where the evil Queen Jezebel would meet her end. Jehu’s next move was going to Jezreel to kill Jezebel. She resorted to her usual tricks of seduction and witchcraft as a last-ditch effort to save herself.
When she heard he was coming, she put on her make up and did her hair. Some might say she knew she would die and intended to leave a regal-looking corpse behind. But based on what we know of her (and the spirit named after her) I would disagree. She was hoping against hope that Jehu might be persuaded by seduction, her greatest weapon.
She also employed witchcraft against Jehu by calling him “Zimri,” as we will see shortly. This was a witchcraft message and a psychological mind game that she tried to play with Jehu. She was trying to unleash doubts and fear in his mind, like she successfully did against Elijah.
Zimri was a very short-lived king of Israel mentioned in 1 Kings 16. Zimri killed his master, King Elah, and took the throne of Israel. But he only reigned for seven days before Omri came seeking retribution; Zimri killed himself when he was cornered. By calling Jehu “Zimri,” Queen Jezebel wanted to attack Jehu’s resolve and give him fears of ending up the same way. Jonas Clark explains:
This statement is one last ditch effort to deter Jehu by releasing witchcraft against him. Jezebel is really prophesying, “If you kill me then you will commit suicide just like Zimri did.”Jonas Clark, Jezebel, Seducing Goddess of War, Page 150
But her last-ditch efforts didn’t work. Let’s see what happened:
(30) Jehu then went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard of it, she put on her eye shadow and arranged her hair. She looked down out of the window. (31) When Jehu came through the gate, she said, “Do you come in peace, Zimri, you master murderer?” (32) Jehu looked up to the window and said, “Who’s on my side? Anyone?” Two or three high officials looked down at him. (33) Then he said, “Throw her out!” So they threw her out of the window. Some of her blood splattered against the wall and on the horses, and they trampled her.2 Kings 9:30-33 (CEB)
Splat! That was the end of Queen Jezebel. Her witchcraft and seduction both failed—they couldn’t save her from getting thrown out a window. And if she had intended to leave a regal-looking corpse behind, she failed at that too. Because as we see in the next passage, the horses trampled her and the dogs ate her. Her body ended up as dog poop out in the fields.
After Jezebel fell to her death, Jehu went inside the palace to eat and drink. At some point he says, “go find that woman and bury her, since she was a king’s daughter.” But then it was discovered that she was nowhere to be found, fulfilling the LORD’s Word.
(34) Jehu then went in to eat and drink. He said, “Deal with this cursed woman and bury her. She was, after all, a king’s daughter.” (35) They went to bury her, but they couldn’t find her body. Only her skull was left, along with her hands and feet. (36) They went back and reported this to Jehu. He said, “This is the LORD’s word spoken through his servant Elijah from Tishbe: Dogs will devour Jezebel’s flesh in the area of Jezreel. (37) Jezebel’s corpse will be like dung spread out in a field in that plot of land in Jezreel, so no one will be able to say, This was Jezebel.” 2 Kings 9:34-37 (CEB)
4. Jehu kills Ahab’s 70 sons and grandsons
This is an interesting one because we see Jehu’s flexibility and willingness to change tactics. Still in Jezreel, his next target was the fortified city of Samaria where 70 of Ahab’s sons and grandsons were being raised. Jehu wrote the city a letter, telling them to crown one of these sons king and prepare for war.
(1) Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria, to the senior officers of the city, the elders, and the guardians of Ahab’s sons. (2) The letters said: “Your master’s sons are in your possession, along with horses and chariots, a fortified city, and weapons. Now when this letter reaches you, (3) look for the best and most capable of your master’s sons. Place him on his father’s throne. Then fight for your master’s family.” 2 Kings 10:1-3 (CEB)
Whether it was meant as an intimidation tactic is unclear, but the city leaders were terrified. They replied to Jehu saying “We serve you! We won’t crown any of them king. What do you want us to do?” Jehu wrote them back saying “OK. If you want to be on my side then kill them all and send me their heads.” And they did so:
(4) But they were frozen with fear. They said, “Not even two kings could resist him! How can we?” (5) So the palace administrator, the mayor, the elders, and the guardians sent a letter back to Jehu that read, “We are your servants. We will do whatever you tell us. We won’t make anyone king. Do whatever seems right to you.” (6) Jehu wrote them a second letter: “If you are loyal to me and ready to obey me, take the heads of your master’s sons and bring them to me at Jezreel at this time tomorrow.”Now the king’s seventy sons were with the city leaders who were raising them. (7) So when the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons and slaughtered all seventy of them. They placed their heads in baskets and sent them to Jehu at Jezreel. (8) A messenger came and told Jehu, “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.”He responded, “Pile them in two stacks at the entrance of the gate where they will stay until morning.” 2 Kings 10:4-8 (CEB)
This allowed Jehu to take out his targets without attacking the fortified city of Samaria. This preserved his own forces and avoided the needless slaughter of his soon-to-be subjects. By changing tactics, Jehu had achieved his goals but created a better outcome.
Jehu’s next act was to kill all the members of Ahab’s family who still remained in Jezreel, which he did the next morning. He spared no one.
(9) In the morning he went out and stood there to address all the people. “You are innocent. I’m the one who plotted against my master and killed him, but who killed all these people? (10) Know this: Nothing that the LORD has said against Ahab’s dynasty will fail to come true. The LORD has done what he said he would do, speaking through his servant Elijah.” (11) Then Jehu struck down all those belonging to Ahab’s family who were left in Jezreel, so that not one of his leaders, close acquaintances, or priests remained. 2 Kings 10:9-11
5. Jehu kills Ahaziah’s relatives
Next Jehu set out for Samaria so he could kill the rest of Ahab’s family. He happened to meet members of Ahaziah’s family on the road. They were traveling in the opposite direction.
He stopped them and asked who they were. When they answered truthfully that they were Ahaziah’s relatives, Jehu captured and executed all 42 of them. A case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for them. I will discuss this more below in the final section discussing the fall of Jehu.
(12) Next Jehu set out for Samaria. Beth-eked of the Shepherds was on his way. (13) There Jehu met up with the brothers of Judah’s King Ahaziah. “Who are you?” he asked. “We’re Ahaziah’s relatives,” they replied. “We’ve come down for a visit with the king’s sons and the queen mother’s sons.” (14) Jehu then commanded, “Take them alive!” His soldiers took them alive, then slaughtered them at the well of Beth-eked. There were forty-two of them, but not one was left. 2 Kings 10:12-14 (CEB)
6. Jehu kills Ahab’s family in Samaria
This is another simple one. After picking up another character to join him named Jehonadab on the road, Jehu arrived in Samaria. When he did, he killed every single one of Ahab’s family members there.
(17) When Jehu arrived in Samaria, he killed all those belonging to Ahab who were left in Samaria until they were completely wiped out, in agreement with the LORD’s word that was spoken to Elijah.2 Kings 10:17 (CEB)
7. Jehu kills all the Baal worshipers
Now Jehu was ready for his final battle, and for this one he would change tactics and use his intellect once again. His goal was to eliminate the Baal worshipers from Israel, and to do this he would set a trap for them.
First he lied, saying that he was an even greater Baal worshiper than Ahab was. He called for all Baal’s devotees—all prophets, worshipers, priests—to come attend a great sacrifice to Baal. The call went out throughout Israel, and all the worshipers came. When it was time they entered Baal’s temple, and Jehu had the temple staff distribute special robes to them. These robes would mark them.
Jehu made sure there were no worshipers of the LORD inside, then he went to offer a sacrifice to the LORD in the temple. First though, he stationed his soldiers outside the temple entrances. He instructed his soldiers to let no one escape alive.
When he was done with the sacrifice, Jehu ordered his soldiers to go in the temple and kill everyone inside. They did so and left none alive. They tore out the sacred pillar inside the temple and burned it, then they destroyed the temple. They turned what remained of Baal’s temple into a public restroom.
With a clever and deadly trap laid through subterfuge, Jehu had successfully eliminated Baal worship from Israel … with one caveat. This incident is described in 2 Kings 10:18-29.
(18) Then Jehu gathered all the people, saying to them, “Ahab served Baal a little. Jehu will serve him a great deal! (19) So invite all of Baal’s prophets, all his worshippers, and all his priests to come to me. Don’t leave anyone out, because I have a great sacrifice planned for Baal. Anyone who doesn’t show up won’t survive.” But Jehu was lying so that he could wipe out Baal’s worshippers. (20) Jehu called for a holy assembly for Baal, and it was done. (21) Jehu then sent word throughout Israel. All Baal’s worshippers came. No one stayed away. They entered Baal’s temple until it was packed from one end to the other. (22) Then Jehu said to the person in charge of the vestments, “Bring out the special clothes for all Baal’s worshippers.” So he brought out robes for them. (23) Then Jehu and Jehonadab, Rechab’s son, entered Baal’s temple. They said to Baal’s worshippers, “Make sure there are no worshippers of the LORD here with you. There should be only Baal worshippers.” (24) Then they went in to offer sacrifices and entirely burned offerings. But Jehu had stationed eighty soldiers outside and told them, “I’m handing these people over to you. Whoever lets even one of them escape will pay for it with his life.” (25) So when Jehu finished offering the entirely burned offering, he said to the guards and the officers, “Go in and kill everyone! Don’t let anyone escape!” They killed the Baal worshippers without mercy. The guards and the officers then disposed of the bodies and entered the inner part of Baal’s temple. (26) They brought the sacred pillar out of Baal’s temple and burned it. (27) They tore down Baal’s sacred pillar and destroyed Baal’s temple, turning it into a public restroom, which is what it still is today. (28) This is how Jehu eliminated Baal from Israel. (29) However, Jehu didn’t deviate from the sins that Jeroboam, Nebat’s son, had caused Israel to commit—specifically, the gold calves that were in Bethel and Dan. 2 Kings 10:18-29 (CEB)
I’ll discuss that last line, Jehu’s failure, in the final section below. These were the seven battles of Jehu, the story of Jezebel’s defeat, Baal’s (*partial) removal from Israel, and the extermination of Ahab’s family line.
But besides the interesting history lesson, there’s more for us to learn from Jehu’s victories in 2 Kings 9 and 10.
The Jehu Anointing: Never Tolerate Jezebel
The battles that Jehu fought are an example of what it takes to defeat Jezebel in our lives.
Jehu did not tolerate Jezebel or her influence. He didn’t compromise with Jezebel and hunted down every one of his targets with no mercy. He was willing to switch up his tactics when it made sense, but he would not neglect his mission.
As he gradually eliminated this wicked family, he was winning victories in the spiritual realm by stopping Jezebel’s idolatrous agenda and killing the Baal worshipers. Jonas Clark explains:
His natural victories were indications of spiritual victories. Jehu didn’t just battle Ahab and Jezebel when they happened to cross his path, he aggressively went after them. He hunted them down, and even destroyed their high places of worship. […] He was fully committed to his cause and the Word of God. If we are going to defeat the spirit of Jezebel we, like Jehu, must be fully committed to serving our Lord Jesus Christ.Jonas Clark, Jezebel, Seducing Goddess of War, Page 160, 162
I explained in Post 5 and Post 6 how the Jezebel spirit uses others and has an entourage. I explained how its spiritual eunuchs, false prophets, spiritual children, and Ahab are vital parts of the spirit’s tactics and workings. I mentioned that Jezebel and Ahab’s spiritual children in particular are dangerous, because they’re even more evil than their parents.
So this is one thing we have to learn from Jehu’s story. If we wage spiritual warfare against the Jezebel spirit, we can’t stop with Jezebel—we have to spiritually wage war against all the targets. Otherwise, its spiritual children will continue their own agendas of immorality and idolatry. Jennifer LeClaire explains:
[Jehu] would defeat all of Jezebel’s children. This is your mandate. Remember, even after you defeat Jezebel some of her children may be there to persecute and harass you. […] Jehu killed Jezebel and all of her puppets. As long as Jezebel’s puppets remain, the show will go on.Jennifer LeClaire, Jezebel’s Puppets, Page 203, 205
As always in spiritual warfare, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance and discernment. If not, we’re on a witch hunt and are very liable to falsely accuse innocent believers. This only serves Satan’s purposes (because the real demonic spirits go unidentified).
But for spiritual warfare against the Jezebel spirit (and Ahab spirit too), pray for the revelation of the Jehu anointing. This anointing will grant you the discernment to not only identify the Jezebel and Ahab spirits, but also Jezebel’s whole entourage—the spiritual eunuchs and children and so on. With that revelation, you can spiritually hunt down every target like Jehu did. But it’s on you to emulate his relentless and determined attitude for getting the job done.
Jennifer LeClaire explains more about the spiritual revelation that is the Jehu anointing:
The good news is one anointing empowers you to conquer both Jezebel and its demonic spawn. It’s the Jehu anointing. […] you need this revelation to ultimately root out all traces of Jezebel […] God will give you the same anointing Elisha’s servant poured out on Jehu. The Holy Spirit abides in you, and that’s all the anointing you’ll ever need, but the manifestation of that anointing will look like Jehu, which is why we call it the Jehu anointing.Jennifer LeClaire, Jezebel’s Puppets, Page 195, 200-201
Now keep in mind, NONE of this combat is physical. ALL OF IT IS SPIRITUAL, DONE THROUGH PRAYER. This is a fundamental principle of spiritual warfare that comes from Ephesians 6:12.
We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.Ephesians 6:12 (CEB)
But that is the topic for next week’s post in the Jezebel spirit series, when I discuss how to fight back against this spirit. That will include a kind of quick ‘primer’ on spiritual warfare.
Until then, what we need to keep in mind from today is the attitude and tenacity Jehu showed in wiping out all his targets and destroying the works of the enemy. This is the attitude we need to have when we wage spiritual warfare against the Jezebel spirit.
Never tolerate Jezebel. It is utterly evil. Never compromise with it, never show it mercy. We aren’t waging a physical war against it like Jehu did, but we must emulate his attitude in waging our spiritual war until the job is done.
Those Who Fight Monsters…
After reading about Jehu’s adventures above, you might think that Jehu was pretty awesome. Well yes, he was. But all our heroes are human, and being human means being imperfect. Being human means failing.
Jehu had failures of his own, and they were bad enough for God to eventually punish Jehu’s descendants. Jehu failed in two grievous ways: Shedding too much blood, and not fully wiping out Jezebel’s corruption.
Jehu’s Religious Extremism
Was Jehu authorized by God to kill everyone that he did? It seems like he was not. In Hosea 1:4-5, the LORD said this:
(4) The LORD said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will destroy the kingdom of the house of Israel. (5) On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Jezreel Valley.”Hosea 1:4-5 (CEB)
The LORD is specifically condemning the bloodshed perpetrated by Jehu in Jezreel. We know from Proverbs 6 (and elsewhere) that the LORD hates the murder of innocents:
(16) There are six things that the LORD hates,seven things detestable to him: (17) snobbish eyes,a lying tongue,hands that spill innocent blood,Proverbs 6:16-17 (CEB)
So where did Jehu go wrong? Take another look at the mission the LORD gave him in 2 Kings 9:
(7) You will strike down your master Ahab’s family. In this way I will take revenge for the violence done by Jezebel to my servants the prophets and to all the LORD’s servants. (8) Ahab’s whole family will die. I will eliminate from Ahab everyone who urinates on a wall, whether slave or free, in Israel.2 Kings 9:7-8 (CEB)
Now look at what Jehu did in Jezreel after receiving the 70 heads of Ahab’s sons and grandsons from Samaria (this is battle #4, above):
(11) Then Jehu struck down all those belonging to Ahab’s family who were left in Jezreel, so that not one of his leaders, close acquaintances, or priests remained.2 Kings 10:11 (CEB)
Did the LORD authorize Jehu to kill Ahab’s ‘leaders, close acquaintances, and priests’ too? It doesn’t seem that way. In Hosea 1:4 the LORD is angry at the blood Jehu spilled in Jezreel. Is this it?
The description in 2 Kings 10:11 also leaves some room for imagination. What kinds of people did Jehu lump into the category of “acceptable target?” He could have been killing all sorts of people in Jezreel who didn’t deserve it, such as servants who worked for Ahab’s family, for example. People doing their jobs. Jennifer LeClaire offers her ideas on this question:
Jehu went beyond the boundaries of God’s prophetic word to him. Jehu fell into the ditch of excess—into extremism. […] Jehu was supposed to do away with Ahab and his family line, according to 2 Kings 10:30, but he was not told to go after Ahab’s friends and priests.Jennifer LeClaire, Jezebel’s Puppets, Page 212-213
It’s interesting to describe Jehu as a religious extremist, but that’s kind of what he was. It is good to emulate Jehu’s attitude and spiritually pursue and attack every last trace of the Jezebel spirit’s operations. But we must always remember to check our targets. This means relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and not taking one step beyond that. If we don’t rely on the Spirit, we can overstep our own boundaries too.
We aren’t shedding physical blood because our combat is not physical (Ephesians 6:12). But if we go overboard with spiritual warfare against demons all over the place, at some point we’re fighting demons that aren’t there and threats that aren’t real. That doesn’t help us. Avoid extremism. Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and nothing else.
In other words, stay balanced. Demons aren’t found everywhere and in everyone, so relax a bit and follow the Holy Spirit. But be relentless like Jehu when the Holy Spirit identifies demons for you. Rest, then battle, then rest again. Balance is key, Jennifer LeClaire says:
[…] this battle with Jezebel demands balance. If you start looking for Jezebel everywhere, you’ll see Jezebel everywhere—even when it’s not Jezebel. In other words, don’t go on a witch hunt for these spirits. Let the Holy Spirit open your eyes to the spiritual warfare around you […]Jennifer LeClaire, Jezebel’s Puppets, Page 217
As for Jehu, I can think of two other times when he could have crossed the line and disobeyed God. The first is battle #5, when he killed Ahaziah’s relatives on the road. It’s possible that there were innocents mixed in with that group of 42 people. The other is battle #6, when Jehu killed Ahab’s family members in Samaria. This is so similar to what he did in Jezreel that it’s possible he could have committed the same offense here. Can’t say for sure though, of course.
A Sin of Omission
There’s also 2 Kings 10:29 and 31 after Jehu wiped out the Baal worshipers, which I partially quoted above.
(29) However, Jehu didn’t deviate from the sins that Jeroboam, Nebat’s son, had caused Israel to commit—specifically, the gold calves that were in Bethel and Dan. […] (31) But Jehu wasn’t careful to keep the LORD God of Israel’s Instruction with all his heart. He didn’t deviate from the sins that Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit.2 Kings 10:29, 31 (CEB)
Well as you will learn from your own study or from reading Post 3 in my Jezebel series, the golden calf is associated with Baal. So Jehu went through all that trouble to eliminate Baal worship from Israel … only to leave some Baal idols untouched? Only to leave the job unfinished? Yes. Yes he did.
It’s weird how the Jewish people in the Old Testament were so crazy about these golden calves. They couldn’t get enough of them!
When Jehu overlooked these Baal idols, the wicked pagan god was able to spread its corruption and deception over time. Soon enough the Israelites once again turned to pagan worship practices (this is detailed in 2 Chronicles). This is a poor legacy for Jehu, especially after all the trouble he went through.
Why did this happen? Jennifer LeClaire offers a few hypothetical questions about Jehu’s motives:
Could it be possible that Jehu’s motives for his righteous rampage were not so righteous after all? Could it be possible that he simply wanted the throne for himself and saw the opportunity to seize it in the name of God?Jennifer LeClaire, Jezebel’s Puppets, Page 212
It’s unclear. But we have to at least be open to the possibility that Jehu’s heart was never in the right place the whole time. That he was more concerned with taking the throne.
If that were true, it would be an example of how it’s not good enough to do the right thing for the wrong reasons. God knows what our true motivations are, we can never fool Him. So we need to be sure that whatever we do, we do it for God’s sake. Not only that, having the wrong motivation can lead to oversights and failures like how Jehu didn’t destroy those last golden calves. What seems like a minor omission can lead to a major catastrophe, given enough time.
An Incredible, Imperfect Hero
The story of Jehu is both an exemplary and a cautionary tale. We should copy his relentless determination and decisiveness when the Holy Spirit alerts us to a demonic enemy. We should spiritually attack until every trace of the Jezebel spirit is gone.
The Jehu anointing is very important for battling the Jezebel spirit and its entire entourage, and we need to use it to root out and cast down every last trace of this spirit’s activities. But at the same time, we must remain balanced and not overstep the boundaries that the Holy Spirit has dictated to us.
Because any discussion of Jehu that doesn’t include his fall and his failures is intellectually dishonest. His failures have much to teach us too, and we must be careful not to copy them. Too much is at stake!
Coming Next Week
Well that’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed learning about Jehu, the mighty spiritual warrior. Next week I’ll be discussing some more spiritual warfare as I finally move on to the most important topic of all: How do you fight back? How do you get rid of the Jezebel spirit? Stay tuned for that.
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Jonas Clark, Jezebel, Seducing Goddess of War, Spirit of Life Publishing, 2004
Jennifer LeClaire, Jezebel’s Puppets, Charisma House, 2016
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