Jehoshaphat was a good king but he made a huge mistake, he arranged for his son Jehoram to marry Athaliah (daughter of King Ahab of Israel and his evil wife Jezebel). To have Jezebel as mother-in-law is unthinkable horror. And Athaliah was equally evil.
(Side note: Who you marry likely determines how you turn out in life. Make sure you seek the Lord and have His approval about your life partner.)
Jehoram followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done and did evil in the eyes of the Lord. (2Chron.21:6) He killed all his brothers when he was firmly established as king. He was a complete nutcase and thoroughly evil.
Eventually the LORD inflicted Jehoram with an incurable disease of bowels, his bowels came out and he died in great pain!
This was how his death was described in the end: “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. HE PASSED AWAY, TO NO ONE’s REGRET, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.” (2Chron.21:20)
He passed away to no one’s regret! What a way to end, what a terrible description of a man’s passing – not to mention the fact that he was the prominent leader amongst his people – he was the king.
When a man or a woman or when a leader is consistently bad and evil, that person will eventually die to no one’s regret.
That means no one will mourn his or her death! It might even be a joyous funeral because the people were glad that he or she had died. People might come to the wake and funeral just to make sure he or she is really dead! (Something people used to say about the death of a terrible person.)
May the Lord help us to be good and righteous – to do what is right in His eyes because everyone who does what is right in God’s eyes is truly blessed.