Who Were The Kings Of Israel Part 2

Kings of Israel and their Idolatry, Conspiracy, Murder, Corruption and Captivity

Crown for King
10. Jehu (2 Kings 9:3-37; 10:1-36)

Jehu killed all of Ahab's remaining sons, and all his followers and friends. Jehu sent for all Baal worshippers and priests to come to Samaria, and filled the temple of Baal, then executed them all, broke all the Baal images and destroyed the temple. Jehu removed Baal out of Israel, but he left the golden calves in Bethel and Dan. God said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in doing what is right in My sight, and have done to the house of Ahab all that was in My heart, your sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” Jehu was zealously obedient at first and reigned 28 years, but in the end he ignored God's Word.

11. Jehoahaz (2 Kings 13:1-9)

Jehoahaz, Jehu's son, also followed all of his predecessors' evil ways, and reigned 17 years. The Syrians attacked and oppressed the Israelites. Jehoahaz prayed and Lord heard him, and Jehoahaz saved those remaining of Israel. But he kept the golden calves and the Asherah grove in Samaria.

12. Jehoash (2 Kings 13:10-25; 14:8-16)

Jehoash was the son of Jehoahaz. He fought against Amaziah, the king of Judah, and coming to Jerusalem, took all the gold and silver and vessels from house of the Lord, as well as hostages, and returned to Samaria. He died after reigning 16 years.

13. Jeroboam II (2 Kings 13:13; 14:16, 23-29; 15:1)

The son of Jehoash, Jeroboam II also followed evil, but he recovered the cities of Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah. He reigned 41 years.

14. Zachariah (2 Kings 15:8-12)

Zachariah, the son of Jeroboam II, lasted 6 months. Shallum conspired against Zachariah and murdered him in front of the people. Zachariah was the last of Jehu's descendents to sit on the throne, according to God's words.

15. Shallum (2 Kings 15:13-15)

Shallum lasted one month, and was murdered by Menhem.

16. Menahem (2 Kings 15:16-22)

Menahem came to Samaria, killed Shallum and reigned in his place. Menahem attacked Tiphsah and when they didn't surrender, he murdered everyone, even ripping open pregnant women. He taxed the wealthy of Israel and paid the king of Assyria not to occupy the land. He reigned for 10 years.

17. Pekahiah (2 Kings 15:23-26)

Pekahiah, Manahem's son, reigned 2 years. Pekah, a captain for Pekahiah's army, conspired against him and murdered him in Samaria.

18. Pekah (2 Kings 15:27-31, 37; 16:1, 5)

The son of Remaliah, Pekah continued the sinful ways of all of his predecessors. He reigned 20 years. In his 17th year, Tiglath-Pileser, king of Assyria, came and took captive most of the Israelites, and Hoshea, son of Elah, conspired against Pekah, and murdered him.

19. Hoshea (2 Kings 17:1-6; 17:20-24; 18:1, 9, 10)

Hoshea reigned 9 years. Not surprisingly, he continued to promote the evil, but not quite as bad as the kings before him. King Shalmaneser of Assyria came against Israel. Hoshea became his servant and paid tribute. Shalmaneser put him in prison, and besieged Samaria for three years. In Hoshea's 9th year, Samaria was destroyed, and surviving Israelites were taken to Assyria.

The last king of the 10 northern tribes of Israel had failed. The people of Israel had rejected God and His laws. “'They followed idols, became idolaters, and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them that they should not do like them. They left all the commandments of the Lord their God, made for themselves a molded image and two calves, made a wooden image and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.'” (2 Kings 17:7-18)

Written by: Pete Miller