What crazy kind of POV is this chapter? Can I make it into Obadiah’s POV?
“Do you know why I chose you for this job?”
“Because you’re young and unknown. No one will look at you and think, ‘Important task today.’“
He grinned, “Never happened yet, Sir.”
“So we keep it that way, understand? What I’m going to tell you has to remain a secret from everyone. Forever.”
“Secret. Everyone. Forever.”
“Where is Commander Jehu right now?”
“Why, the commander’s in Ramoth Gilead with our troops.”
“Do you know Commander Jehu when you see him?”
“Know Jehu? Of course I know Jehu!”
“Take this flask of oil. Carry it in your hand, but hide it under your clothing. Go to Ramoth and find Commander Jehu. Get him off in a room alone and pour this oil on his head. And here’s what to say: ‘Thus says the Lord, I anoint you king over Israel.’”
“Then run like a pack of wild dogs is after you. Don’t stop for anybody.”
“Got it. King over Israel. Wild dogs.”
“Leave right now. I don’t want anyone asking you anything. Here’s a skin of water and three pitas. It’s an all night trip.”
He jogged out the door and by midnight was across the Jordan, into Gilead, and over the Kings Highway. He slept a few hours by a boulder, got going again at dawn, and late in the afternoon arrived in Ramoth. He stepped into the council room. “I have a message for you, Commander.”
Jehu looked up. “For which one of us, Lad?”
“For you, Sir.”
The commander led the boy into another room and closed the door.
The boy brought out the flask. “Sit still, please, Commander. This is from the Lord.”
He poured the oil on the commander’s head exactly as instructed, but then all this bubbled out.
“The Lord says, ‘I anoint you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel. I commission you to destroy the house of your master Ahab and to avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants. You are to cut down every male in the entire family of Ahab, slave or free. You will purge his family, just like I cleaned out the families of Jeroboam son of Nebat and of Baasha son of Ahijah. And be sure to let the dogs in Jezreel eat Jezebel, so that no one can bury her.’”
Then he ran like a pack of wild dogs yapped and snapped at his heels.
In the council room, the officers kept their eyes on Jehu. “Are you okay? What did that crazy kid want?”
“Oh, nothing. You know how those people like to babble.”
“Yah! Right! Come on, what did he want?”
The commander looked at each officer in turn. “Word for word, here’s what the boy said. ‘Thus says the Lord, I anoint you king over Israel.’”
They jumped up and threw their robes onto the step for a throne. Someone blew a trumpet. They all shouted, “Jehu is king!”
Jehu stood by the pile of robes. “You came up through the ranks with me under King Omri and King Ahab. They showed us how to lead troops from the front, make quick decisions, and move fast. If you really want to make me king, don’t let anyone leave here to tell this news in Jezreel.”
Then Jehu climbed into his chariot and headed west. He crossed the Jordan River and raced past Beit She’an, up the valley to Fort Jezreel.
In the fort, Ahab’s son Joram, King of Israel, was talking with King Jehoahazi of Judah, down from Jerusalem for a visit. The tower sentinel stuck his head in the door. “A chariot is coming our way.”
“Send a fast horse.”
The rider of the fast horse met Commander Jehu. “Do you come in peace?”
“You want peace? Fall in behind me.”
The sentinel returned to King Joram. “Our rider reached them but is not returning.”
So the king sent out another fast horse, and Commander Jehu tucked this rider in behind with the first. The sentinel came into King Joram’s room. “Our second rider also is not coming back. Your Excellency, the driving is furious, like Commander Jehu.”
At “Jehu,” the two kings ordered up their chariots and rode out. King Joram of Israel met him at the garden that had been Naboth’s vineyard. “Do you bring peace, Jehu?”
“How can there be peace with the whoredoms and sorceries of your mother, Jezebel?”
“Treason!” Joram reined his team around to run.
But Jehu put an arrow in his bow, pulled back with all his strength, and sent it straight into Joram’s back and out through his heart. Jehu wheeled around next to Joram’s stalled chariot and let his officer down. “Dump that son of Ahab right there on Naboth’s vineyard! Remember when you and I rode side-by-side and heard the word of the Lord from Elijah. ‘For the blood of Naboth and for the blood of his children—I swear I will repay on this very plot of ground.’”
Meanwhile, King Jehoahaz of Judah, tried to get away toward the Garden House.
The arrows reached that king as his chariot climbed the rise by Ibleam, and he died as his driver pulled up at Megiddo. His officers took his body to Jerusalem and buried him in his tomb in the City of David.
The fort sentinel dashed into the room of the Queen Mother, Jezebel. “Jehu just killed King Joram and King Jehoahaz!”
Jezebel called in her maids. They made up her face, put fresh curl in her hair, and dressed her in the best gown in the fort. When Jehu’s chariot rolled into the courtyard, she even looked out a window and called down her regal warning.
“Jehu, remember Zimri! He murdered his monarch but found no peace!”
Jehu looked up and brought his horses around into position. “Is anybody up there on my side?”
Two palace eunuchs looked out. “Throw her down!”
They threw the queen down, and he whipped his team forward over the fine dress and fancy hair. Their hoofs crushed Jezebel, splashing her blood up onto their legs and then dripping down the wall.
The commander went inside and sat down to eat and drink. When he finally pushed back from the table, he ordered, “Take care of that cursedii woman. Bury her. After all, she was a king’s daughter.”
His men went out but soon came back. “We only found her skull, her feet, and the palms of her hands.”
The new king stood and pulled on his gloves. “I heard Elijah the Tishbite tell how─on this very plot of ground─dogs would devour the flesh of this woman. He said her body would be dog dung on the ground, so that no one could say for certain, ‘Here is the body of Jezebel.’”
On his way up to Samaria, Jehu met a group traveling down from Jerusalem. “We are relatives of King Jehoahaz, coming to see King Joram and his mother.”
“So glad to meet you here.” Jehu’s men herded the forty-two family members into a village called Shepherds House and killed them by the well.
Jehu sent a letter to the officials in Fort Jezreel and Samaria. “You have weapons, chariots and horses, a fort. Make one of Ahab’s seventy descendants your king and fight me.”
But instead, these leaders sliced off the heads of Ahab’s children and put them in two piles at the gate of the fort. Jehu stood by the two heaps of heads. “The Lord has done what he announced through his servant Elijah.”
This story in the Bible: 2 Kings 9 & 10
i King Jehoahaz of Judah was also called Ahaziah.
ii האֶת־הָאֲרוּרָ֤ – damned