July 7, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for 2 Kings 6-10
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Context: In chapter 6, we see more of Elisha's miracles. He, unlike Elijah, worked smaller miracles that were less awe inspiring, but just as meaningful to the recipients, such as the boy who lost his axe head. Elisha also works larger miracles, such as turning armies blind and ending famines. Chapter 8 brings back the widow whose son Elisha had restored and foretells of harm that will come to the Israelites, in addition to warning about marrying those who will lead us away from the Lord. Jehu is introduced in chapter 9. He is an interesting character, anointed king secretly and privately by a young prophet, who would not cause suspicion with his visit, unlike Elisha. Jehu is also the cause of much bloodshed, yet much of it was done in accordance with God's will. It is because of Jehu that the line of Ahab and his wife Jezebel, his entirely wiped out. Jehu also executes the king of Israel and Judah, who were working together. Jehu then executed the prophets of Baal. However, Jehu fails to turn to the Lord, reverting to worship of the golden calf. Chapter 10 ends with the beginning of the decline for Israel.