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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