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God Has My Hand, But Not My Heart – King Jehu

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The newly appointed King Jehu was zealous for God.  He assassinates King Joram (2 Kings 9:24); then King Ahaziah (1 Kings 9:27). He confronts Jezebel; encouraging loyalists to throw her from the window. He tramples her with his horse and carriage (2 Kings 9:33). He commanded the “slaughter of the 70 sons of Ahab” (2 Kings 10:7). The fear of the new king was upon the entire nation. No one dared oppose him. Along the way, he slaughters family members, wives, princes, and princesses of Ahab’s household. Finally, he assembles all the priests of Baal and kills them in one sitting, destroying the Baal pillars, altars, and houses. King Jehu “eradicated Baal out of Israel” (2 Kings 10:28) and he was faithful to kill “all who remained to Ahab” (2 Kings 10:17). In other words, he was faithful to do “according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to Elijah” (2 Kings 10:17b).
Even though he carried out God’s commands, “he was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord” for himself (2 Kings 10:31).  We can be faithful to works, yet be far from God. I struggled with Jehu’s story for a while because he was appointed by God to fulfill this task. Let me go back for a little…What was his task?

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