Truth and peace become malleable in the hands of the corrupt. The idolatry of Jezebel brought down the thrones of Israel and Judah. God sent his prophet to Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, to restore devotion and righteousness to the children of God…
6 Jehu got up and went into the house. Then the prophet poured the oil on Jehu’s head and declared, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anoint you king over the Lord’s people Israel. 7 You are to destroy the house of Ahab your master, and I will avenge the blood of my servants the prophets and the blood of all the Lord’s servants shed by Jezebel. 8 The whole house of Ahab will perish. I will cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free.
17 When the lookout standing on the tower in Jezreel saw Jehu’s troops approaching, he called out, “I see some troops coming.”
“Get a horseman,” Joram ordered. “Send him to meet them and ask, ‘Do you come in peace?’”
18 The horseman rode off to meet Jehu and said, “This is what the king says: ‘Do you come in peace?’”
“What do you have to do with peace?” Jehu replied. “Fall in behind me.”
22 When Joram saw Jehu he asked, “Have you come in peace, Jehu?”
“How can there be peace,” Jehu replied, “as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?”
2Kings 9:6-8, 17-18, 22
The sins of the house of king Ahab of Israel were too great and lasting to let his son hold the throne. God sent a prophet to crown Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat to take his place. And so we see the coup take place, fueled by the witchcraft of Jezebel. She had turned Ahab toward Baal worship and influenced the whole nation.
As Joram, Jezebel, and Ahaziah (king of the Judah) were stationed at Jezreel, Jehu took his troops to overthrow both kings. The messengers came out to meet them and asked, “Do you come in peace?” What a question. I can’t help but think of Pontius Pilate asking his famous question, “What is truth?” (John 18:38).
Truth and peace become malleable in the hands of the corrupt. For Joram and Jezebel, peace was not about the Shalom of God. Peace was the absence of threat.
“Do you come in peace?” It really means, “Is this war?”
And it is. Whenever anyone sets himself against the Shalom of God, there is war. God’s people were to rest in him and serve him with wholehearted devotion in the promised land. When Joram’s mother, Jezebel, brought idolatry into the worship of the children of God, she declared war against the God who brought them out of slavery in Egypt. And the foul smell of their sin became so great that God could not bear it anymore.
Joram, Ahaziah, and Jezebel were all killed in Jehu’s attack.
The peace of God was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who broke down all diving walls and barriers between people (Ephesians 2). He is our peace. Jesus is our Shalom. There is no room for idolatry among his followers lest we stir the wrath of God, who is the author of our salvation.