Oct. 10, 2016
2 Kings 10-Part 2
LET IT GLOW
So far, God has used King Jehu to avenge the lives of his servants which were killed previously by King Ahab and Jezebel by the slaying of King Joram of Israel, King Ahaziah of Judah, Queen Jazabel, and Ahab's descendants. Now one group is left to eliminate in Israel-Baal worshipers.
If Jehu remained faithful to the God of Israel, obeying the Law of the LORD, with all his heart, then his descendants would have been blessed to be kings of Israel to the fourth generation. (verse 31)
What a promise! Shall we see it occurred?
Jehu had a cunning plot in order to kill the priest of Baal, the false idol.
What did he do?
- He summoned the Baal worshipers and prophets and priest in Samaria's temple, with messengers sent throughout all Israel.
- There Jehu was going to pretend to offer great sacrifices to Baal.
- His threat was, death to anyone who failed to come.
- Then every worshiper of Baal was given a robe to wear.
- Jehu was joined by Jehonadab in this plot.
- Not one worshiper of the LORD was to be in attendance.
Will we continue to worship only God? Will we love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength?
LET IT GROW
Inside the temple of Baal worshipers apparently did not suspect it was a plot to get them there so Jehu could have them killed. They had believed Jehu when he announced that he was going to establish Baal worship in Israel.
What happened next?
- Outside the building, Jehu stationed 80 of his men, warning them that if anyone escaped, they would pay for it with their own life.
- Jehu did not participate in worshiping of the false idol inside the building.
- All who were inside the Baal temple was killed with the sword, and dragged outside.
- Then Jehu's men went into the innermost part of the temple and drug out the sacred pillar used in worship of Baal and burned it.
- They smashed it and wrecked the temple of Baal and burned it, converting it into a public toilet.
However, he did not destroy the gold calves at Bethel and Dan, with which Jeroboam had caused Israel to sin. (In Revelation 7, we see where the tribes of Dan and Ephriam are omitted.)
Jehu had been anointed by God, and Jehu torn down the pillars to Baal, he did not completely walk in God's ways. His was a bloody legacy.
Since Jehu did not obey the Law of the LORD with all his heart, and he refused to turn from the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit-idol calf shrines.
Because of sin in both kingdoms, God used Hazael, king of Syria, to seize all Hebrew territories east of the Jordan River.
LET IT GO
Stay faithful to Jesus, the Savior which God has provided for us.
In spite of what others d, remain faithful to worship only God.