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2 Kings 9:30 Now when Jehu arrived in Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. So she painted her eyes, adorned her head, and looked down from a window. 31 And as Jehu entered the gate, she asked, “Have you come in peace, O Zimri, murderer of your master? 32 He looked up at the window and called out, “Who is on my side? Who?” And two or three eunuchs looked down at him. 33 “Throw her down!” yelled Jehu. So they threw her down, and her blood splattered on the wall and on the horses as they trampled her underfoot. 34 Then Jehu went in and ate and drank. “Take care of this cursed woman,” he said, “and bury her, for she was the daughter of a king.” 35 But when they went out to bury her, they found nothing but her skull, her feet, and the palms of her hands. 36 So they went back and told Jehu, who replied, “This is the word of the LORD, which He spoke through His servant Elijah the Tishbite: ‘On the plot of ground at Jezreel the dogs will devour the flesh of Jezebel. 37 And Jezebel’s body will lie like dung in the field on the plot of ground at Jezreel, so that no one can say: This is Jezebel.’"

If Jehu knows that Jezebel's body will be eaten by dogs why does he ask his servants to bury her body in the first place?

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A young prophet told Jehu in 2 Kings 9:

10 As for Jezebel, dogs will devour her on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and no one will bury her.

Then in verse 34,

Jehu went in and ate and drank. “Take care of that cursed woman,” he said, “and bury her, for she was a king’s daughter.”

Jehu spoke a direct contradiction to the prophecy. Why?

Jehu was a tricky man. He's a scary man. Even the young prophet ran away as soon as he finished delivering the message in 2 Kings 9:

10As for Jezebel, dogs will devour her on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and no one will bury her.’ ” Then he opened the door and ran.

Jehu lied often. Right after the young prophet had run away,

11 When Jehu went out to his fellow officers, one of them asked him, “Is everything all right? Why did this maniac come to you?”

“You know the man and the sort of things he says,” Jehu replied.

12“That’s not true!” they said. “Tell us.”

He lied or said the opposite thing again in 2 Kings 10:

18Then Jehu brought all the people together and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much.

He tricked the prophets of Baal to show up and executed them.

To lie or say the opposite thing was not new to him, he might have done it in 2 Kings 9 out of habit:

34 Then Jehu went in and ate and drank. “Take care of this cursed woman,” he said, “and bury her, for she was the daughter of a king.”

There are people like that. Saying the opposite thing and see what would happen.

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The explanation my be as simple as Jehu did not remember the prophecy until the event occurred. This is consistent with other prophecies and the general principle of prophecies.

Notice the advice given by Jesus that predictive prophecies are not given so that we may know the future; rather, they are given to strengthen our faith when they come to pass

  • John 13:19 - I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it comes to pass, you will believe that I am He.
  • John 14:29 - And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that when it shall have come to pass, you might believe.
  • John 16:4 - But I have told you these things so that when their hour comes, you will remember that I told you about them.

Prophecies are given in the Bible as a means to demonstrate its divine origin (2 Peter 1:19-21). Isaac Newton said, “Prophecy is not given to make men prophets, but as a witness to God when it is fulfilled”. Thus, the future can only be known in broad outline but will be recognized in detail with hindsight.

CONCLUSION

Thus, it is no surprise that Jehu did NOT use the prophecy about Jezebel to tell the future but only recognized it after it was fulfilled.

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