Jehoahaz, Jehu’s son, became the king and he ruled over Israel for 17 years. He committed some of the same sins that his father did and this made God angry.
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Jehoahaz Seeks God’s Favor
Jehoahaz then wanted God’s favor because he saw how Aram’s king had oppressed Israel. God stopped Aram from oppressing the people and the Israelites were able to live in their homes just as before. But the people did not stop sinning and the Asherah pole still remained in Samaria.
Jehoash, Jehoahaz’s son, became the next king and he ruled over Israel for 16 years. He also committed sins just like his father. Elisha was suffering with an illness and Jehoash went to visit with him. He told the king to shoot the ground with some arrows.
Jehoash struck the ground three times with the arrows and stopped. The prophet of God became angry with him and told him that he would only defeat Aram three times, but if he had struck the ground more, he would have totally destroyed Aram. Elisha passed away and was laid to rest. Jeroboam succeeded Jehoash.
The Moabite Raiders
The Moabites entered Israel every spring. When a man was being buried, some Israelites saw the Moabite raiders. They threw the body of the man they were burying into Elisha’s tomb. As soon as the dead body touched the bones of Elisha, the man became alive and he stood on his feet.
Beh-Hadad Becomes King
Hazael, the king of Aram, had oppressed Israel when Jehoahaz was in power. God was very gracious to the Israelites and showed them compassion and concern because of the covenant he had made with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. The Lord did not banish or destroy them. When Hazael died, his son, Ben-Hadad, became the king of Israel. After that, Jehoash recaptured the towns from Ben-Hadad. These towns had been seized from Jehoahaz and Jehoash defeated Ben-Hadad three times.
2 Kings 13 (King James Version)
1 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.
2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
3 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days.
4 And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them.
5 (And the LORD gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as beforetime.
6 Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but walked therein: and there remained the grove also in Samaria.)
7 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
9 And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his stead.
10 In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of Judah began Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years.
11 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin: but he walked therein.
12 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
13 And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.
15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.
16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.
17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.
21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
22 But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz.
23 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.
24 So Hazael king of Syria died; and Benhadad his son reigned in his stead.
25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.