God invites us to be a part of His mission and the expansion of His kingdom. This is nothing new. 2 Kings 9 brings Jehu on the scene, a commander-turned-king who would serve the Lord by carrying out very specific missions against idol worship. Jehu doesn’t prove to be perfect, as we will read tomorrow, but He does get to do important work for God and His people.
A few things jumped out at me today. First: the no-name prophet who anointed a king. Why isn’t his name mentioned? I don’t know the answer for sure, but an idea came to mind: maybe it’s okay to serve the Lord without seeking recognition.
Second: your reputation might carry farther than you know. Verse 20 says that Jehu drove the chariot “furiously”, and the person who saw the chariot assumed it was Jehu. The text seems to imply that Jehu was careless or known for wild living. He drove chariots like Jeff Gordon drives cars. We should be on guard concerning the manner by which we live, as Paul told Timothy:
Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:16
Finally, we read of the death of Jezebel. She may have thought she had it all, but in the end, she would have to face the Lord. And remember, this is the woman who killed God’s servants. This evil queen was dealt with harshly. It reminds me of the saying, “He (or she) who dies with the most stuff still dies.” Her kingdom and possessions would all be left behind. Life is short. Don’t life for this one… live for the eternal one. And if you do that, you won’t be a Jezebel, and you’ll probably do great things for God.
What did God teach you today? Which part of the passage spoke to you?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor Pastor