Some might be repulsed by the events of our text as violent and bloody. I would agree that what Jehu did was violent and bloody. I would suggest that this should warn us as to how much God hates sin, and as to how severe God can be in the judgment of sinners. Is this just “the Old Testament God,” as I have sometimes heard? I think not:
17 Then another angel came out of the temple that is in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 Another angel, who was in charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel who had the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes off the vine of the earth, because its grapes are now ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard of the earth and tossed them into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 Then the winepress was stomped outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horses’ bridles for a distance of almost two hundred miles (Revelation 14:17-20, emphasis mine).
Judgment is bloody. Israel’s sacrificial system made this very apparent. Our Lord’s death on the cross was a cruel and bloody death. He suffered in our place, to bear the penalty for our sins. If we acknowledge our sin and guilt and trust in the death of Jesus Christ, we will not suffer God’s eternal wrath, because Jesus has already done so. But if we reject His work on Calvary, our judgment will be severe. Jehu’s dealings with the sins of the house of Ahab should be a warning to us concerning how serious God is about judging sin and sinners.