Unit 3, Lesson 5 The Massacre
What is the definition of a hero? • Is someone who takes revenge on a bully a hero? • Acts of justice can turn into a power or popularity grab
1. Threats to Israel’s identity • A threat to Israel’s health and well-being as God’s special people included Baalworship. • Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, had brought Baal worship to Israel • God had promised to wipe out Ahab’s family, and was going to do so through King Jehu.
2. Family ties • Ahab and Jezebel sealed an alliance with Judah through the marriage of their daughter, Athaliah, to Jehoshaphat’s son, Jehoram.
3. Location, location, location • This story is located in Naboth’sfield, pointing to the guilt that hangs over the house of Ahab for killing Naboth and his family. • It establishes God’s holy purpose in purging Ahab’s family from Israel.
4. The Massacre • State who died and how and important details about the death
A. Joram and Ahaziah • Shot Joram between the shoulders; body thrown onto Naboth’s field • Ahaziah died of his wounds
B. Jezebel • Went out in style; thrown out the window and trampled by horses • Her body was eaten by dogs of Jezreel
C. 70 Sons of Ahab • Killed by their own guardians at Jehu’s command • Their heads sent to Jehu and set out at the entrance to the city gate
D. House of Ahab • Killed everyone in the household, including chief men, close friends and priests • He left no survivors
E. Ahaziah’s Relatives • 42 of them traveling to see Ahaziah’s family • Left no survivors
F. Servants of Baal • Pretended to hold a sacrifice to Baal and killed the priests instead • Temple of Baal destroyed and used as a toilet
Question: Is Jehu a hero? • His actions would not have honored God • He continued in the sin of Jeroboam • Wanted to maintain political power • Set up Golden calves at Dan and Bethel, so people wouldn’t worship in Jerusalem • Appointed priests • Instituted festivals