Son of Nimshi

April 2, 2019: 2 Chronicles 21; 2 Kings 9, 10.

I covered the pork roast with salt, pepper, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley flakes. After I finished my tasks for the day, I cooked green beans. There were leftover potatoes to warm up. I looked over in the Crockpot and…

…the meat was raw!

I forgot to check the setting. That roast sat on “warm” all afternoon. At least it was frozen to start.

David went to Taco John’s for “Taco Tuesday.” Our oldest son was picking up tacos for his family.

“Guess what your Mom did. She put a roast in the Crockpot all day on warm!”

It’s always a treat running into our adult children. Our lives are so busy we don’t see them often.

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Today we read about the mixed up family of the kings of Israel and Judah. King Jehoshaphat made a marriage alliance with King Ahab. Then they named their children after their uncles. We ended up with two sets of kings sharing the same name! And then there was Jehu!

2 Kings 9:2, “Look for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi. …” The Message

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“Israel (northern kingdom)

Ahaziah was the son of Ahab, brother of Israel’s Joram (or Jehoram), and uncle to Judah’s Ahaziah. He continued the alliance with Jehoshaphat, building ships and conducting an unsuccessful joint trading venture (2 Chronicles 20:35-37).

Joram, (or Jehoram) was the son of Ahab, brother of Israel’s Ahaziah, and uncle to Judah’s Ahaziah. He allied himself with Jehoshaphat to fight Moab (2 Kings 3:6). Later he allied himself with Judah’s Ahaziah, his nephew, to fight Aram (2 Kings 8:28-29).

Judah (southern kingdom)

Jehoram, (or Joram) was the son of Jehoshaphat and brother-in-law to Israel’s Ahaziah and Joram. He married their sister Athaliah (2 Chronicles 21:6).

Ahaziah was the son of Jehoram and the nephew of Israel’s Ahaziah and Jehoram. He joined his uncle, Israel’s Joram, in a campaign against Aram (2 Kings 8:28).”

Chronological Study Bible Notes, p. 554

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“Israel (northern kingdom)

Jehu led a violent extermination of the Ahab dynasty. After killing Israel’s King Joram (Jehoram) (2 Kings 9:24), the son of Ahab, Jehu also influenced the deaths of Ahab’s wife Jezebel (9:33) and 70 sons (2 Kings 10:1, 7).

The slaughter of Ahab’s family continued with the killing of Judah’s King Ahaziah (9:27), who was Ahab’s grandson. Jehu continued an attack against Judah’s royal family by executing Ahaziah’s brothers (10:12-14). These attacks on Judah’s royalty allowed Athaliah to seize Judah’s throne.

Judah (southern kingdom)

Athaliah was the daughter of Israel’s King Ahab and sister of Israel’s King Joram (Jehoram). She was married to Judah’s King Jehoram. When her husband died, Athaliah’s son, Ahaziah became king, but was killed after one year.

Desiring Judah’s throne for herself, Athaliah ruthlessly tried to kill all her grandsons (2 Kings 2:11). Had she succeeded, there would not have been a descendant of David to sit on Judah’s throne. One grandson survived, the infant Joash (2 Kings 11:2).”

Chronological Study Bible Notes, p. 571

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“Jehu ben Nimshi was in fact the son of a man called Jehoshaphat (not to be confused with Jehoshaphat king of Judah) and Nimshi was Jehu’s grandfather,… He was one of the military officers of Jehoram King of Israel…”

Azamra (Torah for Our Time), Avraham ben Yaakov

Had Jehu been a descendant of King Jehoshaphat, 2 Kings 9:2 would have read: “Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, son of Asa…”

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Updated “Habit-Forming” Bible Reading Guide

The “Habit-Forming” Guide is 21 66 days of Psalms. Based on the Amplified Bible, it starts with the shortest chapters going to the longest. (It takes 21 days to form a habit!) According to Dr. Oz, it takes 66 days to form a habit. (“Change Thinking for Better Health Habits,” in an email on April 3, 2019.)

Day

  1. Psalms 117
  2. Psalms 131
  3. Psalms 133
  4. Psalms 134
  5. Psalms 123
  6. Psalms 15
  7. Psalms 43
  8. Psalms 70
  9. Psalms 93
  10. Psalms 100
  11. Psalms 125
  12. Psalms 127
  13. Psalms 1
  14. Psalms 13
  15. Psalms 23
  16. Psalms 53
  17. Psalms 126
  18. Psalms 128
  19. Psalms 150
  20. Psalms 11
  21. Psalms 14
  22. Psalms 150
  23. Psalms 11
  24. Psalms 14
  25. Psalms 54
  26. Psalms 67
  27. Psalms 87
  28. Psalms 110
  29. Psalms 120
  30. Psalms 142
  31. Psalms 3
  32. Psalms 4
  33. Psalms 12
  34. Psalms 61
  35. Psalms 82
  36. Psalms 101
  37. Psalms 114
  38. Psalms 121
  39. Psalms 124
  40. Psalms 129
  41. Psalms 130
  42. Psalms 138
  43. Psalms 8
  44. Psalms 20
  45. Psalms 28
  46. Psalms 47
  47. Psalms 52
  48. Psalms 98
  49. Psalms 99
  50. Psalms 113
  51. Psalms 122
  52. Psalms 137
  53. Psalms 149
  54. Psalms 6
  55. Psalms 24
  56. Psalms 64
  57. Psalms 75
  58. Psalms 111
  59. Psalms 112
  60. Psalms 141
  61. Psalms 146
  62. Psalms 16
  63. Psalms 29
  64. Psalms 32
  65. Psalms 42
  66. Psalms 46

Congratulations!

You established the discipline of reading the Bible! Now print off Days 1-141 of the “Babysteps” Guide and cross off the Psalms. You already read the Psalms through Day 96. Starting on Day 5 read the short chapters in the other books.

Or switch over to the “Relevant” Guide and read the chapters assigned to today. You can start reading it any day of the year.

Be sure to keep a notebook handy. The secrets to life are hidden in these chapters! God will bless you as you read.

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