God's Judgment Regarding King Jehu

Chart of the Kings King Jehu - Biography God's Judgment Regarding King Jehu

Jehu has the distinction of being the only one of the 19 kings of divided Israel who is not recorded as an evil king. Instead, both good and evil are recorded of Jehu. Because of the revival he led1 and because he obeyed God in ridding the land of Ahab's legacy and heirs, God gave Jehu a dynasty that lasted 5 generations — the longest in divided Israel's history. By the same token, because he maintained the practice of King Jeroboam's golden calf cult,2 his dynasty was limited to 5 generations. By contrast, God promised that faithful King David's dynasty would never end.

2 Kings 10:30-31   And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel. But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.
  1 2 Kings 10:18-28
  2 2 Kings 10:29