Second Kings 9:6-10 relates how a prophet sent by Elisha anointed Jehu to be God’s anointed king over His people at that time for a specific task:
He poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, ‘I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah: And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her.'”
God chose Jehu to be His judicial agent to avenge the blood of His servants (9:6-7). At the hands of Jehu, Ahab and Jezebel would reap fierce judgment from God (9:8-10) because they failed to repent of their wickedness.
Throughout human history, wicked people have shed the blood of millions of God’s servants. The same God who avenged on Ahab and Jezebel the blood of His servants that they had slain will one day avenge on unrepentant evil people the blood of all His servants that they have shed (Rev. 6:10; 18:20; 19:2). God will do so through His ultimate anointed King, Jesus of Nazareth.
Let all hear and fear the wrath of God to come upon those who will not repent of the blood that they have shed. The God who delights in mercy will forgive all those who will repent toward Him and believe in His Son.
God’s people who have suffered the loss of loved ones at the hands of evil people must be assured that He will avenge their blood on any people who have shed their blood and refused to repent. Such bereaved saints must rest in God, pray for the repentance of these murderers, and leave it to the God-appointed King to render vengeance on murderers who refuse to repent (cf. Rom. 12:19-21).
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).
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