Jehoram or Joram was a son of King Ahab and ruler of Isreal. His name means “Jehovah is exalted” and he is also known as Jarom. According to God, Jehoram didn’t rule the kingdom of Israel well because he led the people to worship false gods. He also endorsed the Golden Calf Cult religion that was first started by King Jeroboam the first ruler of Israel after the kingdom had split apart. He appears on the Bible Timeline starting in 910 BC.
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King Jehoram was influenced by his father Ahab and his mother Jezebel in his youth. Once he became an adult he learned how to rule the kingdom of Isreal according to his father and mother. He did manage to remove the idols of Baal, but he continued the religion of the Golden Calf Cult. The people were led in the wrong direction away from God during his reign, and God was removing his blessings from Israel as a result.
The Moabites were subjected to Israel since the time that King David had conquered them. Though the Bible doesn’t say it directly, God probably was causing the Moabites to rebel against Judah because of their sin. So King Jeroham had to get these people back under control. He prepared for war and wanted the aid of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. The king of Israel agreed to march to battle with him. King Jeroham also had the help of the king of Edom. The three kings and their armies marched against Moab. While on their way to Moab the three armies had to pass through a barren desert. They almost had to turn back around because there wasn’t any water for the men or their animals. King Jehoshaphat was a godly man, unlike King Jeroham. This particular Israeli king never made a move without obtaining counsel from God. He usually sought the Lord’s counsel through a godly prophet. King Jeroham decided to call on Elijah to get a word from the Lord.
Elijah tells King Jeroham that he is a poor ruler, and he informs the three kings that the only reason he is speaking to them at all is because of his respect for the godly King Jehoshaphat. Elijah has a harpist play in the background while he prophesies to the kings. He tells the kings what they will do once they attack the Moabites, and he also tells them they will have the water they need. The kings thank Elijah and continue to Moab.
The Moabites are Deceived
God provide a lot of water for the three kings and their armies. When the Moabites saw the water in the early morning hours, they thought it was a river of blood. They assumed that the Israeli’s, Judeans and Edomites turned on each other during the night. So they went down to investigate the matter and when they did they were caught off guard. King Jehoram’s army and his allies drove the Moabites back, and they did everything that Elijah had prophesied. They covered fields with stones and destroyed all of the good trees in Moab, but they were not able to completely overcome the Moabites.
The Moabites Fight Back
The Moabite King tried to break through the Edomite lines and slaughter their king, but it didn’t work. He then sacrificed his oldest son to his pagan god. This act apparently worked because once he did this his people fought back against Jehoram and the other kings so ferociously that they had to retreat. The Moabites were defeated, but the invading armies of Israel and her allies could not claim a total victory.
- 2 Kings 3: 1 – 3 Outlines King Joram’s rule.
- 2 Kings 3: 4 – 5 The Moabites rebel against Israel.
- 2 Kings 3: 6 – 8 King Joram asks King Jehoshaphat of Judah to aid him in the battle against Moab. They also get the king of Edom to join them.
- 2 Kings 3: 9 – 12 The Kings almost die on their march against Moab because there isn’t any water for their troops or animals. They then seek the help of Elisha to let them know if God wants them to be victorious.
- 2 Kings 3: 13 – 14 Elisha rebukes Joram, but he gives them an answer because he respects the godly king Jehoshaphat.
- 2 Kings 3: 15 – 19 While a harpist is playing a tune in the background Elisha tells the kings that they will defeat Moab and have the water that they need to complete their mission.
- 2 Kings 3: 20 God provides water to the three kings armies.
- 2 Kings 3: 21 – 24 The Moabite army saw the sun rising on the water and thought it was blood. They believed that the three armies had slaughtered each other. They then went to the camp to verify what they saw but were slaughtered.
- 2 Kings 3: 25 The Israelites destroyed the towns, covered the fields with stones and uprooted all of the good trees.
- 2 Kings 3: 26, 27 The King of Moab tried to break through Edom’s forces to slaughter their king, but he failed. He then sacrifices his firstborn son to one of his god’s to turn the tide of battle but this seems to have worked since the battle against Israel was great. Eventually, the three Kings won the battle but they had to withdraw back to their territories.
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