Today you should read: 2 Kings 10
So this is a great way to start the day, a series of mass killings. Today’s chapter gives us 2 stories of death and then a conclusion to Jehu’s life and reign. The first story is one of taking out the competition. Jehu knew any one of Ahab’s sons could make a claim to the throne and cause him trouble so he took them out. The second story is one of returning to the Lord. Ahab was a big follower of Baal but Jehu knew that was wrong and he took out all the worshippers of Baal and his temple. The conclusion shows us a conversation between Jehu and God in which God commends Jehu for what he has done and tells him that his family will reign for four generations.
What does this mean for you and me? What can we take away today? I think we can see 2 things for us in today’s passage if we look carefully.
- Sin has grave consequences.
This is a running theme in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. When we sin against God it doesn’t just fizzle away. Sin brings consequences. They may not be outwardly apparent or immediate but they are there and they will come. There is forgiveness for those sins but we still have to deal with the repercussions of them.
- We have to follow through with our devotion to God.
Jehu had a zeal for God and did a lot but he stopped short and didn’t finish as strong as he could have and it cost him. In verse 29 we see Jehu didn’t turn from worshipping the golden calf idols. He turned from one idol but not all idols. Right after this God tells him he would have his family reign for four generations. What would God have said if he would have gone the distance and turned from all idols? Who knows, but what we can know is that when we don’t follow through in our devotion to God we miss out on blessings He has for us.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd