BRAGADAYJAH 139

Friday, September 30, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1093


BRAGADAYJAH 1093
Young Jehoash Reigned for Forty Years.

After the death of Athaliah, Jehoiada the priest made a tripartite covenant, namely, between the king and the Lord, the people and the Lord, and between the Lord and the king and the people to the effect that the Lord would be their God and they would be God’s people. And the people as one went into the house of Baal and demolished it, and destroyed all the high places and articles of worship to Baal, and slew the priest of Baal and appointed officers of the Lord in the house of the Lord. And Jehoiada gathered together all the captains of hundreds and all their leaders, and all the people of the land; and they took the young king and carried him from the house of the Lord to the king’s palace and set him up on the throne to reign there. And Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign. He reigned forty years and did what was right in the sight of the Lord under the guidance of Jehoiada the priest. But while all the remnants of the house of Baal were destroyed, yet there were certain high places where the people continued to make sacrifices and burnt offerings to other Gods.      

Thursday, September 29, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1092


BRAGADAYJAH 1092
The son in hiding revealed and crowned king

And the captains did according as Jehoiada the priest had ordered them to do. And he gave King David’s spears and shields that were in the temple of the Lord to the captain s. And the guards stood every man with his weapon in his hand surrounding the king from every corner of the temple. And Jehoiada the priest brought out the king’s son and put the crown upon his head and gave him the testimony, and anointed him; and the people clapped their hands and said “God save the king.” And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people she came to the people in the temple of the Lord; and when she looked she saw the king standing be a pillar as was the custom; and she heard the voice of the trumpet and the adulation of the people as they proclaimed the new king; and she shouted, “Treason! Treason!.”. But the priest when she was seized, commanded that she may not be killed in the house of the Lord.  So they dragged her outside and killed her.     

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1091


BRAGADAYJAH 1091
Athaliah Jehoahaz’s Mother Took the Throne.

And so it came to pass that even in the days of Jehu king of Israel, the Lord began to diminish the borders of Israel; and Hazael smote them all along their border along the coasts. And in that time Jehu died having reigned over Israel twenty eight years; and was buried in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead; but he died soon after; and when Athaliah Jehoahaz’s mother saw that he was dead, she rose up and destroyed all the royal seed. But Jehosheba the daughter of Joram sister of Ahaziah took Joash, the son of Ahaziah, and hid him away in the bedchamber together with his nurse; so that he was not slain. And he remained hidden for six years, while in the meantime Athaliah reigned over Israel. And in the seventh year, Jehoiada the priest gathered together all the rulers over hundreds together with the captains and the guards into the house of the Lord and made a covenant with them and showed them the king’s son. And he commanded them that a third of them shall enter in on the Sabbath day, and keep watch over the king’s house; and a third shall watch over the gate of Sur, and the other third at the gate behind the guard, so that the king’s house be completely surrounded and defended.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1090


BRAGADAYJAH 1090
Jehu cleansed Israel of Baal
So the worshippers of Baal gathered and went in to offer sacrifices and burn offerings. And Jehu appointed eighty men outside and instructed them that if any of the people inside should escape, he would hold each of them accountable and pay with their own lives. And when the worshippers of Baal had made an end of sacrifice and burnt offering, Jehu commanded them to go inside and slay every one of them; and they were slain, and the bodies thrust out; and they went to the house of Baal and took out the images and burnt them, and thus eradicated Baal out of Israel. However, Jehu did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, for he kept the golden calves that were in Bethel and Dan. And the Lord told Jehu that because he had done well in expelling Baal his children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel; but Jehu took no heed of the word of the Lord and continued in the sins of Jeroboam.


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Monday, September 26, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1089



BRAGADAYJAH 1089
Jehu entrapped the worshipers of Baal
So then Jehu called all the people together and addressed them and told them that Ahab had served Baal a little but that he intended to serve him much. So he ordered them to gather together all the prophets and all the priests, and all he worshipers of Baal so he could make an appropriate sacrifice to Baal. He cautioned that he would regard it as a personal affront if any should fail to attend. But of course Jehu’s intention was to gather all the worshipers of Baal into one place. And when they were gathered together Jehu ordered that a solemn assembly be proclaimed and they did so. In the meantime, Jehu ensured that every worshiper of Baal throughout all Israel was assembled there, so that none were absent. And Jehu ordered the keeper of the vestry to bring out vestments for all the worshipers of Baal and he did so. And Jehu went into the house of Baal accompanied by Jehonadab. And he told he assembled worshipers to search carefully among them to ensure that there were not any worshippers of the Lord present among them.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1088

BRAGADAYJAH 1088
Jehu slew all of Ahab’s Seventy Sons.

Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters and sent to Samaria to the rulers, the elders and those who cared for Ahab’s children, instructing them that since they have the children with them, and horses and chariots also, and living in a fenced city protected by armour, that they should select the best and most likely one of the sons and set him upon his father's throne.  But when they received the letters they were all very much afraid, knowing he was the one who had slaughtered the two kings. So they wrote back to Jehu telling him that they were his servants, and would do whatever he asked them to do; but that they would not make anyone king, and that he should do whatever seemed best in his sight. So the king wrote back to them and told them that since they were willing to obey him, they should take the heads of the king’s sons, all seventy of them, to him by the next day. And so when the letter came to them they took off the heads of the king’s seventy sons and put them in baskets and sent them to Jezreel. And when they told the king that the heads of the seventy sons of Ahab had arrived, he ordered them to be left until morning; and in the morning he addressed the people and told them that he had conspired against his master and slew him, but asked “who slew all of these? So now know’ that nothing spoken by the word of the Lord concerning the house of Ahab; for the Lord has done that which He spoke by His servant Elisha.” So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel; and all his great men, and his kinfolks and his priests; and left not one remaining.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH1088

BRAGADAYJAH 1088
Jehu Executes Ahaziah

When Ahaziah saw what befell Jehoram, he too turned and fled. And Jehu followed after him and commanded his men to slay Ahaziah also while in his chariot. And Ahaziah was slain and he continued on wounded to Megiddo and he died there. And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem and buried him there in the sepulcher of his father in the city of David. And when Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it and she painted her face and tied her head, and looked out of a window, and she saw Jehu coming and shouted. “Had Zimri peace who slew his master!” And Jehu lifted up his face to the window and said. “Who is on my side?” “Who?” And two or three eunuchs appeared at the window behind Jezebel. And Jehu said, “Throw her out of the window.” And they threw her down and some of her blood spilled unto the wall and unto the horses; and Jehu rode over her and she was trampled under feet. And when he went in, he ate and drank and said. “This is the word of the Lord which he spoke by the mouth of his servant Elisha saying; “by the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel; and her carcase shall lie in the field until her body could no longer be identified.”