Archive for June 1st, 2015

2 Kings 10

2 Kings 10 is a bloody chapter.  Ahab has 70 sons in Samaria, and Jehu is determined to remove them from the face of the planet.  He sends a letter to the elders telling them to kill Ahab’s sons, so the did and “put their heads in baskets and sent them to him”.  All 70 are killed at his command.  When the heads arrived he instructed that they “Lay them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until the morning”.  That had to create quite a stir and certainly the people would have no question as to Jehu’s mission to rid the earth of Ahab’s influence.

But that wasn’t enough.  “Jehu struck down all who remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, all his great men and his close friends and his priests, until he left him none remaining”.  He wanted all evidence of Ahab removed.  Next came “the relatives of Ahaziah”.  Jehu wanted them gone too so when they came to visit, “they took them alive and slaughtered them”.  Jehu is cleaning up the country of previous bad kings.  But he wasn’t done yet.

There was an influence of Baal worshippers still throughout the kingdom.  So Jehu “sent throughout all Israel, and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come”.  He wanted them all assembled together with the intent of killing them.  So they all go to the temple of Baal and Jehu orders his 80 men stationed outside “the man who allows any of those whom I give into your hands to escape shall forfeit his life”.  He is serious about cleaning up the kingdom.  He gives the order to go in and kill them all and then “they demolished the pillar of Baal, and demolished the house of Baal”.

Jehu wiped out Baal from Israel”.  God was pleased with those actions.  But unfortunately Jehu didn’t take care of things in his own life.  “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”.  He got rid of the remaining influence of Ahab and Ahaziah, and removed all the worshippers of Baal, but he didn’t clean up his own life.  He didn’t remove the bronze statues at Dan and Bethel.  He was not careful to walk in COMPLETE obedience to God’s law.  Partial or even mostly obedience is not what God demands.  He wants complete obedience.  He wants us to do ALL things according to His ways.  Close is not good enough, as Jehu finds out.  “The Lord began to cut off parts of Israel”.  The price of sin must be paid.

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