I'm double posting this from the lectionary board to get more feedback, but I'm struggling with how to view the events of Jehu at Jezreel.
2 Kings 9-10 explain the massacre of Ahab and Jezebel and their line and associates by Jehu - supposedly on order from Elisha and, thusly, God. In Hosea 1, punishment is pronounced on the line of Jehu for those very same atrocities.
There's tons of conversation to be had here about whether the things God commands in scripture are really from God or justified that way afterwards, about justice and violence and peace and many more. One of the most troubling for me, as I process, is that Hosea and Kings both come from the same Deuteronomic tradition, so it makes very little sense they'd be contradicting each other.
One commentary said Jehu did the right thing, but he went too far - which is a pretty standard view of a lot of OT violence. I'm not sure I totally buy that in specific. I think it's a fine explanation of human behavior, but it's a bit of a cop out when applied to any individual situation, especially this one.
I was hoping to elicit some thoughts from others.