The massacre of the Baal believers (2 Kings 10:24-10:27)

“King Jehu had stationed eighty men outside. He said. ‘Whoever allows any of those to escape whom I deliver into your hands forfeits his life.’ As soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, King Jehu said to the guards and to the officers. ‘Come in and kill them. Let no one escape.’ So they put them to the sword. The guards and the officers threw them out. They then went into the citadel of the temple of Baal. They brought out the pillar that was in the house of Baal. They burned it. They demolished the pillar of Baal. They destroyed the house of Baal. They made it a latrine to this day.”

Now suddenly this great religious sacrifice becomes a blood bath. King Jehu had 80 men stationed outside the temple. They were to kill everyone in the temple and not let anyone escape. If they let anyone escape they themselves would be killed. When King Jehu finished with his sacrifice, he called in the 80 guards to kill everyone in the temple, which the 80 guards did. There was no number of those who died given, but it must have been a lot. It would have been difficult for only these 80 to accomplish this massacre. They then destroyed the temple and the pillars of Baal. Once it was demolished they turned it into a latrine that still existed at the time of this biblical writer. There is no exact location of this temple. This is practically the same as Elijah had done at Mount Carmel in 1 Kings, chapter 18. It is also reminiscent of what Samson did in destroying the temple of Dagon in Judges, chapter 16.