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Ahab vs. God

2 Chronicles 22:7-9 :

Now the destruction of Ahaziah was of God, in that he went to Joram; for when he had come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom Yahweh had anointed to cut off Ahab’s house. When Jehu was executing judgment on Ahab’s house, he found the princes of Judah and the sons of the brothers of Ahaziah, serving Ahaziah, and killed them. He sought Ahaziah, and they caught him (now he was hiding in Samaria), and they brought him to Jehu, and killed him; and they buried him, for they said, “He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought Yahweh with all his heart.” The house of Ahaziah had no power to hold the kingdom.

When horrible events happen in the world, people often question whether or not these events were caused by God. We should never question these things because if God is all-powerful, He could stop them. The fact that he does not, demonstrates that it is something He has decided to allow. In this case we read that "the destruction of Ahaziah was of God," right in the text of the Bible. There can be no question at all about why this happened.

We also read that God had actually anointed a man to "cut off Ahab's house." This makes it clear, that both good events and bad events are caused by God. Not always are bad events the result of sin done by the person who is harmed, however. This is very important to understand. Bad events often happen to very good people. In this case, it was because of the evil done by Ahab's house and Ahaziah.

Back in 2 Kings 9, we read how Jehu was anointed by Elisha. We also read that he not only killed Joram, he chased down and killed Ahaziah and brutally killed Jezebel, Ahab's wife. In the next chapter, Jehu continues to hunt down and kill off everyone who was a part of Ahab's movement.

2 Chronicles 22:7-9 :

So Jehu struck all that remained of Ahab’s house in Jezreel, with all his great men, his familiar friends, and his priests, until he left him no one remaining.

One thing we see here is a very stark separation between ideas. There were God's ideas, and there were Ahab's ideas. They were opposed to each other and could not coexist. The only way to peace was for the strongest one to win out. In this book, it is made clear that this fight between God's house and Ahab's house was not just in the kingdom of Israel. It was in the kingdom of Judah as well, and the war was not over there, yet.

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