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Had Zimri peace?


The trouble with most of the Christian preachers is that they do not highlight the passages in the Bible which reflect COURAGE, EXECUTION OF ONE’S DUTY, ASTUTENESS and WISDOM; instead they parrot those passages which are aimed at making “SHEEP” out of men and women who listen to those sermons.

The reason, I presume, is that WEALTH over COURAGE has become the priority of the Preachers. When the followers are wealthy, they could use Malachi 3:10 and skim them of the cream and lead those smug lives.

One of the Biblical characters whom I admire most is JEHU, the Commander of the Israel army during the reign of AHAB and AHAB’S son JORAM (JEHORAM). and who subsequently became the King of Israel. Jehu was not merely courageous but astute and wise as well. These are difficult qualities to blend. JESUS says, BE WISE LIKE A SERPENT BUT INNOCENT AS A DOVE. That was a blend recommended by JESUS, seldom one hears these being expatiated in the sermons, as the Preachers know that if their followers become “wise as serpents” but also “innocent as doves” the followers would reach their SALVATION without ENRICHING THE PREACHERS! So such passages are left out, in the belief that the “wise” are anyway  going to become wise and innocent on their own without their “help”.

JEHU fits the bill of having been WISE LIKE A SERPENT but also INNOCENT LIKE A DOVE. How could I say that  when he committed regicide and also “reginacide”?  Read on and I assure you that I have my reasons for such a conclusion:

II Kings 9

30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?

32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.

Ahab, the husband of JEZEBEL was dead and his son JORAM (JEHORAM) was ruling Israel in Ahab’s stead. The Queen Mother was JEZEBEL and exerting much influence in the affairs of the state of Israel. I would like to tell those readers who are not familiar with the political structure as it was then that the original Israel of 12 tribes had split during the reign of Rehoboam S/o SOLOMON into Israel consisting of 10 tribes and Judah consisting of the 2 tribes of Judah and Benjamin. So AHAB was in that line of the Kings who ruled Israel minus the 2 tribes of Judah and Benjamin and for brevity called JUDAH the kingdom.

JEHU was one of the commanders of the army of AHAB and later served his son Joram, but JEHU was a believer in the God of Israel, whereas Jezebel was a worshiper of BAAL and this had led to a lot of internecine manoeuvrings within the kingdom. 

To come back to the thread of the story, Jehu kills JORAM and rides to the palace in JEZREEL, then the capital city of ISRAEL. So JEZEBEL sees JEHU riding into the palace and she “painted her face and tired her her” to receive JEHU and when her offer of PEACE was rejected outright, Jezebel asks him a very LOADED QUESTION; “HAD ZIMRI PEACE? THE MURDERER OF HIS MASTER”

With a little help from 1 Kings 16:15-20 we would be able to understand the connotation!

  15In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri reigned seven days at Tirzah. Now the people were camped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.

16The people who were camped heard it said, “Zimri has conspired and has also struck down the king.” Therefore all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp.

17Then Omri and all Israel with him went up from Gibbethon and besieged Tirzah.

18When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the king’s house and burned the king’s house over him with fire, and died,

19because of his sins which he sinned, doing evil in the sight of the LORD, walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, making Israel sin.

20Now the rest of the acts of Zimri and his conspiracy which he carried out, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?

So here JEZEBEL from the upper floor of the palace addresses JEHU and tells him to recall the fate of ZIMRI and how people would rebel against his regicide and turn against him and kill him. Jezebel had lost her son/step-son JORAM and is still finding time to paint her face and tire her hair- is it because she, as having got used to her regal ways had to present herself ‘beautified’? I guess not. She had lost Ahab and was continuing her life unaffected with her son Joram and now that JORAM was dead her motto must have been THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KING – THE NEW KING JEHU. But inter-se between Jezebel and Jehu she wanted to have CONTROL OVER Jehu, so that her writ would continue to run in the kingdom.

JEHU, tells the eunuchs in the palace to throw her down and JEZEBEL meets her match and end in the hands of JEHU. In effect what JEZEBEL told JEHU was YOU COULD HAVE KILLED THE KING, BUT TILL YOU TAKE OVER THE INSTITUTIONS AND THE PEOPLE OF THE KINGDOM, YOU CANNOT EXERCISE CONTROL AND ADMINISTRATION OVER THE KINGDOM. AND I, JEZEBEL, HAVE CONTROL OVER THE ADMINISTRATION TAKE ME AND ALL IS YOURS AND YOU, JEHU, DO NOT HAVE TO FACE THE FATE OF ZIMRI. IF YOU, JEHU, WANT PEACE, THEN MAKE ME YOUR QUEEN! I AM ALL DOLLED UP AND WAITING…….TAKE ME AND WE CAN RUN THE KINGDOM!

This was nothing but SEDUCTION, not all sexual but POWER flavoured with sexual innuendo.

Why was Jehu wise? Jehu DID NOT ENTER the palace, but stood outside. There could have been TREACHERY inside and JEHU was aware of Abhimelechs and Siseras who had met sordid end by getting too close to the tower or inside the tents where women were staying!

THAT WAS THE SERPENT LIKE WISDOM IN JEHU. Yet at the same time he bided his time till he was anointed so that he could take over the reins of Israel. In the BIBLE, the only person who was assured kingship to heirs till the fourth generation was JEHU, not even DAVID was able to retain all the 12 tribes beyond the third i.e David, Solomon and Rehoboam!

But why was that so? A man who wants to be the king should be away from the wiles of wayward women. JEHU succeeded where even DAVID failed and history shows that. That SEXUAL INNOCENCE coupled with the WISDOM to wait and choose the most opportune time to strike makes JEHU a bigger hero than DAVID, but DAVID is incomparable as he makes up with his humility, ability to obtain the Grace from God, poetic talent and cunning!

 

 

SUSPICION!


The BEAUTY about Christianity is that mere SUSPICION does not entitle anyone to act upon it. Even emperors have been forced to search out the truths and only after discovering the TRUTH, have been allowed, by the Biblical laws, to take action. Any SUSPICION, however strong, is NOT sufficient grounds to take extreme action.

In the FACEBOOK which offers an application called POKER, there are very many instances where there are outright war of words that erupt and spoil the tranquility of the game. They are mostly based on nationality, religion, ethnicity, language and colour.

During one of those eruptions a Turk, seeing my profile had the impudence to call me a COW, in a derogatory way, gathering that i am an Indian from the profile. It is no doubt that cows are worshiped and even the Directive Principles of state policy, enshrined in the Constitution of India, enjoins the Governments to promote banning of cow slaughter. Seen from the secular point of view, i am of the strong opinion that it is more based on the principle that one cannot take a cow’s milk when it can give milk and then send it to the slaughter house when it cannot. That seems too selfish of men to do that.

The TURK who said that, was hardly aware that i knew a little bit of his background too. So i said, “Your LAW giver Suleiman the Magnificent could not hold his SUSPICION against his childhood friend and killed him merely because he was told by his dying minister that his childhood friend Ibrahim Pasha was conspiring to kill the emperor!!” And further added that even an EMPEROR of his stature could not hold his suspicion and verify facts, but got him murdered ( even though there were stories floated that Suleiman gave individual dinner to Ibrahim Pasha with the hope that Pasha would kill Suleiman instead of him- some loyalty of friendship!! This doesn’t hold water as we have seen Akbar sending off Bairam Khan on a pilgrimage instead of the gallows. Therefore without his active orders, Pasha would not have got murdered: and in any case if Suleiman had wanted to save his friend, who was actually innocent, he could have spared his life.) If with all his MAGNIFICENCE & POWER he could not wait to ascertain FACTS, what a poor threshold of EQUITY did he have?

The Turk was stunned. He asked me how the cow and the suspicion were interlinked. I told him Turks were butchers and killed people merely because they could not hold their suspicion and find out the TRUTH. It was not uncommon for the princes to fight after the death of the Sultan, and get the captured princes strangulated! And my example of the most powerful Turk ever, proved my hypothesis. That the TURKS did not value friendships & relationships (except when it was expedient), & that they further utilized the name of God for destroying political opponents whereby they shrunk the space for PEACE and promoted AUTHORITARIANISM. The TURKS were DEFECTIVE PEOPLE in their thinking.

There are TWO ways to kill SUSPICION.

One kill the agent which is the cause of the suspicion- like Desdemona being killed by Othello and later discover the facts, to repent.

Or secondly, hold the suspicion in your mind and gather FACTS to get incontrovertible proofs to take a side. But in politics one may not have time to do the second one, but at least one should devise ways of isolating the person from indulging in acts deleterious to the Politician’s interest, till such time that the FACTS are revealed.

The problem with the most Magnificent TURK was that, like any of his ilk, he killed the agent who caused the suspicion. He killed Ibrahim Pasha, the Emperor’s childhood friend, based on a dying man’s declaration!! Assuming that a dying man has no reason to lie!! ( even the Evidence Act of India supports this point of view- LOL) But some men can lie at any point and to any extent, that they can even disprove the mettle of a polygraph machine.

Suspicion is the mental tool given by God to correct our thought processes which get corrupted through passions . This does not imply that one should turn oneself into a Hamlet and blow up an opportunity based on whimsicality, but like Jehu – the King of Israel- wait out the 12 years in the service of Ahab’s son and then when the opportunity comes to strike. JEHU struck pith and marrow. That waiting out one’s suspicion and gathering proofs impartially is the next best thing to FORGIVENESS.

IF ONE IS TOO POWERFUL TO FORGIVE, THEN ONE SHOULD USE HIS POWER TO SQUEEZE OUT THE TRUTHS FROM THE WALLS (after all WALLS have ears!! Ref. King Solomon) THAT HAVE HEARD THE CONSPIRACIES AND NOT LOOK LIKE A SHEEP, WHEN ONE IS CAUGHT AS HAVING KILLED AN INNOCENT CHILDHOOD FRIEND!

SOME SULEIMAN AND SOME MAGNIFICENCE!! AND SOME TURK……….

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