King Jehoram/Joram of Israel was a man marked by trouble. He experienced political unrest from the time he first took his place on the throne, and his life was cut short by the one of his own.
Jehoram was a son of wicked King Ahab. When Ahab’s older son, Ahaziah, died without an heir, Jehoram took his place on the throne. While things didn’t get any worse under Jehoram… they didn’t get any better, either. Jehoram surely knew what God required of His kings, but he chose not to obey.
The Moabites had already declared their independence from Israel during his brother’s short reign, and Jehoram joined up with the king of Edom and the king of Judah to try to gain control over the Moabites. Though the Israelite coalition fiercely attacked Moab and virtually overran their land, they were unable to capture the capital city of Kir-haresheth… and, it appears, Moab was able to remain independent of Israel for the rest of Israel’s history.
Later, Jehoram invited the king of Judah to accompany him in an attempt to recover the town of Ramoth-gilead from the Arameans. During the battle, Jehoram was wounded, and he returned to Jezreel to recover. The king of Judah also came to visit him. Then Jehu, one of Jehoram’s commanders, left the battle and killed Jehoram… as well as the king of Judah.
Jehu then assumed the throne and established his own dynasty instead of Jehoram’s.
(As a side note, Jehu had been anointed by the prophet, Elisha, to become king of Israel and to bring judgment on the family of Ahab [2Ki. 9]. More than 70 members of Ahab’s family and 42 family members of the king of Judah would be killed by Jehu.)
Jehoram knew about God… and had many opportunities to submit to the Lord. But, he resisted to the end.
How often do we presume on God’s patience?
Choose to live this day aware of how patient God is being with you.
You can read Jehoram’s story in 2Kings 3:1—9:26.