The King Without a Eulogy

Although a king from David’s royal line, Jehoram of Judah was not given a state funeral. Nor was he buried alongside prior kings. Instead of a pall of sadness, a feeling of relief hung over his death. With good reason, King Jehoram was not eulogized.

From its inception, his reign was an abhorrence. For “when Jehoram had taken over his father’s kingdom and had secured his position, he killed all his brothers along with some of the government officials” (2 Chronicles 21:4 MSG). That would be six brothers.

After eight years of his executing evil upon evil upon evil, is it any wonder that “he departed with no one’s regret” (2 Chronicles 21:20 NRSV)? It was good riddance! The world was a better place with him out of it!

God, too, had issues with this detested king:

The evidence accumulated: Since Jehoram had abandoned God, the God of his ancestors, God was abandoning him. He even went so far as to build pagan sacred shrines in the mountains of Judah. He brazenly led Jerusalem away from God, seducing the whole country.
(2 Chronicles 21:11 MSG)

Would we conclude that King Jehoram of Judah was of no heavenly or earthly good? Probably but for that one thing he did.

He fathered a daughter named Jehosheba. One frightful day she would be instrumental in saving from extinction the Davidic dynasty and thus the birth line of the Messiah. (See The Princess Who Saved a Dynasty, posted on July 27, 2018.)

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2 thoughts on “The King Without a Eulogy

    • And I have so much fun doing it too! Thanks, Helen, for sharing your appreciation. My heart’s desire is for people to see the Scriptures as relevant, alive, and breathing truths into their lives.

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