Friday, July 04, 2008

Jehu

July 4: 2 Kings 9-11

4 So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. 5 And when he came, behold, the commanders of the army were in council. And he said, “I have a word for you, O commander.” And Jehu said, “To which of us all?” And he said, “To you, O commander.” 6 So he arose and went into the house. And the young man poured the oil on his head, saying to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, I anoint you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel. 7 And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. 9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. 10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.” Then he opened the door and fled.
2 Kings 9:4-10

28 Thus Jehu wiped out Baal from Israel. 29 But Jehu did not turn aside from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin—that is, the golden calves that were in Bethel and in Dan. 30 And the Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” 31 But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin.
2 Kings 10:28-31

Jehu, King of Israel

I have only included a small portion of today's Bible reading; it would be good for you to take the time to read the entire passage.

Who was Jehu? What significant reforms did he make during his rule over Israel? Was he a Christian?

God used Jehu, the commander of King Ahab's army to destroy the house of Ahab because of the sins of Ahab and his wife, Jezebel. As we begin 2 Kings 9, Elisha instructs one of the prophets to go and anoint Jehu as the next king of Israel, commanding him to destroy the house of Ahab.

Jehu did not procrastinate; he immediately took his army and set about to destroy the family of Ahab. Not only did Jehu destroy the house of Ahab, but he also removed Baal worship from the land, bringing about significant reforms to Israel. In reading this passage, you will note that Jehu understood who God was, and often quoted the words of Elisha.

Was Jehu a Christian? This is the most significant question to answer regarding Jehu, because it affects us today just as it did those who lived during Jehu's reign. What does it take to become a Christian? Does God use ungodly people to fulfill his purposes? Jehu understood who God was, quoted from God's prophet, and obeyed God's commands, but he was not a Christian!

29 But Jehu did not turn aside from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin—that is, the golden calves that were in Bethel and in Dan. . . . 31 But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin.

No matter how obedient we are to the commandments of God or how we serve him, our salvation does not rest in our works. Becoming a true believer does not happen because of the works we do or the words we speak; we become a true believer when we bow before Christ, cry out to Him to save us, and live a life totally devoted to Him.

In spite of all he did, look at Jehu's true heart. Even knowing all that he did about the Lord, he still worshipped the golden calves and continued in the sins of Jeroboam the first king of Israel. Christianity is a religion of the heart; when our hearts are totally devoted to Christ they will be manifest in the works that we do and in the life that we live.

Pray today that you have cast yourself before the King of Kings and received salvation that only He can grant.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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