Day 74 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 9 to 11
Jehonadab/Jonadab is one of my heroes. Jonadab was a Rechabite. The Rechabites were Kenites: descendants of Jethro [Moses’ Midianite father-in-law]. They had settled with the Israelites on the southern border of Judah and had become followers of Jehovah. [Jdg 1:16]
Jonadab came, did his bit in getting rid of the wicked & apostate regime of Athaliah. Then disappeared from the radar. [2 K10:15-27]
No lands. No plum government positions. Why not? Jeremiah 35:6 gives a clue … Jonadab made his family promise they would never drink wine/alcohol, and that they would always live as nomads. Why?
I believe that Jonadab was one of those rare men who observed the lives of others, saw what was wrong, and then made a choice NOT to follow in their footsteps. Jonadab would have observed:
➡Ben-Hadad’s defeat after challenging Ahab in a moment of drunken bravado. 1 K20:12 Lesson: Wine & alcohol leads you to make foolish decisions. Better to be sober, alert & wise.
➡ Ahab’s lack of contentment with cedar-inlaid-with-ivory palaces & flourishing vineyards. Ahab’s loss of a sense of well-being & peace, because he was denied Naboth’s little vineyard. [1 K22:39, 1 K21:1-2] Lesson: Houses, vineyards, possessions are like a drug. They take over your soul. The more you have, the more you crave… You covet… You hate… You destroy… for what? For something you cannot take with you.
Unlike Solomon, Jonadab did not just observe & gain head knowledge. Jonadab applied that knowledge. He wisely decided to forsake the worldly rat-race and taught his descendants to live in tents, always ready to move, living a life of contentment and prudence with what God has blessed them with.
➡ The Apostle Peter gave similar advice: Beloved, I urge you as sojourners [transit passengers] and exiles [expats, refugees] to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. [1Pe 2:11]
It is so easy to forget that this world is not our home & that we are just passing through. The cares & pleasures of the world rise up to cloud our vision & make us focus on the wrong things. Jehonadab lived counter-culturally.
⚓ Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [Col 3:2]
⚓ Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. [Rom 13:14]
⚓ Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. [Gal 5:16]
Jehonadab’s sacrifice didn’t/doesn’t seem important in the eyes of men. But, his act of integrity influenced his descendants to be faithful to that vow for over a century & a half! All this had not escaped God’s eyes. In Jeremiah 35:1-6, God held them up as an example to Israel.
There are times when I wonder whether is any point in doing the things I do. Do they make a difference to anyone?
➡Jonadab’s life reminds me that El Roi sees and records the little acts of faithfulness… And tiny acts can influence coming generations…
We’re in year 2020… 20/20 speaks of perfect vision.
👀Jonadab saw with clarity what was worthless & chose NOT to pursue it.
👀 God sees every heart that is perfect towards Him, and seeks to support such hearts. [2 Ch 16:9]
What are my 👀 fixed on?
Abba Father, please would you heal my eyes… grant me 20/20 vision so that I may see YOU with clarity – what You are doing, where You are leading… I want to fix my eyes on You and walk closely with You. Help me. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Simple thoughts for
deeper💫 meditation .
2 Kings: 9: 2, 3 "And when you arrive, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi ----- Then take the flask of oil and pour it on his head and say," Thus says the Lord, I anoint you king over Israel"
⚡ Elisha sent a prophet to Ramoth-Gilead to anoint Jehu as Israel's new king. Though it was done secretarially, it was Lord's doing. Jehu was anointed as the king of Israel and commissioned to get rid of the house of Ahab.
⚡ Elisha's statement fulfilled Elijah's prophecy made twenty years earlier that all of Ahab's family would be killed. ( 1 Kings: 21:17-24 )
⚡ God raises people to power to fulfill his purposes. The Lord is active in the history. He is looking for persons who would obey him and take up the responsibility seriously. He needs not only people of convictions, but also being courageous. When God calls a person, He enables him or her to take up the specific commission from God.
⚡ Jehu's colleagues were making a sarcastic comment about the prophet meeting him in secret. But when Jehu told them what the Lord told through him, immediately they took action to confirm him as the new king. Jehu was encouraged by this open support from his friends. He was clear about his next step. In order to fulfill the purpose of God, he started his revenge against Ahab's family, beginning from his son Joram.
💥 God is looking for people who could take appropriate actions and not being lazy and lethergic. Our God loves justice and
hates the evil. Do we have such passion to get rid of the evil from our society? Are you the person, who is ready to take up the
responsibility, if God asks for it ?
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
Waiting in obedience
Ahaziah, king of Judah, was killed by Jehu, who became King of Israel after a violent coup d'état (2 kings 9:27). Taking advantage of his death, his own mother, destroyed all the royal heirs and became queen (2 kings 11:1-3). Imagine killing all your grandchildren, children,... anyone with a claim to the throne and you can imagine the terror Athaliah was capable of!!!
6 long years she ruled over the land. And unknown to her, her 1 year old grandson was growing in hiding, saved by daughter, Jehosheba. 6 years this child hid and grew. He didn't have a normal infancy. Things looked bleak. At any point, he could be found. What a burden to have at such a young age.
And after these 6 years, when little Joash/Jehoash was hardly 7, he was made king by the priest, Jehoida. He was crowned king on the portico of the temple, between the pillars, Boaz and Joachim. He was established by His strength.
As we start a new year today, we are established by His strength. His grace is sufficient for us. However Terri the past has been is irrelevant. All that matters is Jesus and all He did for us on the cross, so that we live victoriously in His strength.
SILVER & GOLD: Am I like an ELISHA or a GEHAZI? 2 Kings.5.
An Israeli young girl was taken as captive to Aram and she was a slave girl to Naaman's wife. Naaman was the commander in the army of the Aramean king Ben-Hadad.Though he was a mighty warrior, he had leprosy. This Israeli slave girl witnessed to her mistress that there is a prophet in Israel who can heal her master's leprosy.
When Naaman informed this to the king, he sent Naaman with gifts and a letter to Joram, king of Israel.(see 2 Kings.1:17; 3:1,9:24) The gift was ten talents of silver, 6000 shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing.( 5:5) (That is about 340 Kilogramme of silver and about 70 Kilogramme of gold. This was a huge amount. In 1 Kings.16:24, we read King Omri bought the hill of Samaria for 2 talents of silver and built the city of Samaria there.)
King Joram got scared about it as he thought, Aramean King was looking for a reason for a fight. Prophet Elisha when heard about it, asked the King to send Naaman to him. (5:8)
Though Naaman went as a commander with horses and chariots, the prophet did not go to see him. He just sent a messenger asking Naaman to go and wash himself 7 times in river Jordan for healing. Naaman was upset that Elisha did not go to him and healed him as he expected. Finally listened to the plea of his servants and did just as Elisha told him. Immediately he got healed.
Naaman went back to Elisha and declared his new faith and placed a request before him Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept a gift from your servant. (2 Kings.5:15) Though Naaman pleaded, Elisha's reply was "As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing." (5:16). Naaman went back to Aram as a transformed person.
Today what is happening around us? How many people are exploiting all opportunities to earn money , name and fame.
Gehazi, the servant of Elisha thought what a foolish thing his master did by turning down all precious gifts. He went after Naaman, told some lies and got 2 talents of silver (about 68 Kilogrammes) and 2 sets of clothing for himself.
Afterwards Elisha asked him "Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds or menservants and maidservants?"( 2 Kings.5:26). Gehazi had a desire to earn all those things with the silver he got. Elisha added that Naamans leprosy will cling to you and to your descendents forever.(5:27) Gehazi desired to get wealth for himself and for his descendants but instead he got leprosy for himself and for his descendants.
Naaman pleaded with Elisha to receive gifts worth billions of rupees but he refused to accept anything for what God did.
What could have been our response if we were in Elisha's place?
Do we have the spirit of Gehazi in us?
Am I like an ELISHA or a GEHAZI in my attitude to worldly wealth?
🌸🌸 JM 🌸 🌸 JM 🌸 🌸
2 Kings 11:21:- "Joash was seven years old when he began to reign."
2 Kings chapter 11 introduces us to Athaliah.
This is the time when Israel was divided with the 10 northern tribes called Israel and the 2 southern tribes known as Judah.
Wicked King Ahab and evil Queen Jezebel had brought terrible idolatry and extreme corruption to the court in the Northern kingdom.
👉 Athaliah was one of their daughters. She had married a king from the southern kingdom and their son was named Ahaziah.
👉Athaliah, grieving the loss of her son, began murdering everyone who had any possibility of becoming king in this royal family.
📍📍But in this chaotic situation was a woman named Jehosheba,
She grabbed the baby boy, Joash, son of Ahaziah and hid him in the temple with his nurse for six years.
‼With incredible courage…………..
‼Never heard of before or after…………….
‼ Who was willing to risk everything for something greater than herself………...
She did a very appreciable act because 📍Joash was the last living heir of the Davidic line and if he had died then David's (and Judah's) lineage would have died with him.
📍She made it possible for the Savior to be born through the line of Judah.
🔥🔥There are a lot of people in this generation who is like Jehosheba.
They are bravely living out these courageous acts of the gospel, quietly behind the scenes, their stories never told or barely mentioned.
🔥God wants us to be a partner with Him to keep protecting His name, His kingdom and His gospel.
‼We may not see ourselves as a person of influence. We may feel shy to share our faith with others.
👉But remember… when we can stand up for God’s standards, ….
👉…. like a small pebble thrown into a large body of water, our words actions and prayers can ripple outward to others.
👉 GOD ACCOMPLISHES HIS PURPOSE THROUGH PEOPLE (like Jehosheba, Jehoiada, you and me)
❓ Can God count on us?
❓ Can we be a Jehosheba?
WISHING and PRAYING for you and your family have a Happy and Blessed New Year.🌺🌺
Jehu's faith down fall
Jehu was anoited by a prophet who was sent by the prophet Elisha. Jehu killed Israel King Joram, Ahaziah king of Judah Queen Jezable, 70 descendants of Ahab, and relatives of king Ahazia. He killed them because they followed the pagan gods.
🎈He played a trick and seized all the worshippers in the temple of Baal and killed them with the help of Jonadab, his guards and officers. Burnt the statues of baal and sacred pillars.
🎈🎈he fulfilled Lord's judgement against Ahab's family, Elijah's prophecy.
King Jehu was able to rid Israel of baal worship. But after sometime he started worshipping the gold Bull-calves., he set up in Bethel and Dan. He led the Israel into sin of worshipping the gold Bull-calves.
🎊🎉Lord said to Jehu that he accomplished the Lord's will, so his descendants will sit on the throne of Israel, down to the fourth generation.But he did not obey with all his heart.
🎈🎈In the beginning his faith was in a greater level, so he eliminated the baal religion and Ahab's lineage. He acted according to the will of the Lord and fulfilled the prophecy, as the time passes his faith was faded slowly and he turned from the Lord. Though the Lord warned him he did not obey the Lord.
🎊🎉Let us check our faith level. Is it in the cold State? Or declined from the higher level to lower-level like Jehu? whatever it may be. Take an oath atleast this new year day to improve your faith.
🎈🎈Let us build our faith by reading and meditating the word of God. Reading God's word builds faith which leads us to a higher level.
🎈🎊Happy new year 🎊🎈
As per God's instructions to Elijah, Elisha sent one of the children of the prophets to anoint Jehu as the next king of Israel, 2 Kings 9:1-3. Actually God had told Elijah to do this, but it is interesting to note that he did not, 1 Kings 19:15-17, but instead Elisha did so! It is also interesting to note that at the threat of Jezebel, Elijah ran for his life and was desirous to die, 1Kings 19:2,3. However, after the incident concerning Naboth's vineyard, 1 Kings 21, and King Ahab's death, 1 Kings 22, we don't read much about Jezebel at all! Infact, we read about her again only at the time of her death in 2 kings 9:30-37. This goes to show that when we walk uprightly before the Lord, we need not fear the threats of the enemy, though they may seem so real at that time. We must not react in fear and unbelief, but stand our ground in the finished work of Christ at Calvary and be confident that God is able to protect us from the enemy until our life's work is completed, even as we put our trust in Him and call on His Name with a clear conscience.
What Elijah failed to accomplish, because he acted on his fear instead of resisting it, God got done by Elisha and Jehu and King Hazael, 1Kings 19:15-17, and used them to discipline Israel and their kings for their backslidings! Yes, Elijah was indeed taken to heaven on chariots of fire, and did a great work for God during his life time, but sad to say that as he acted on his fear and began to compare himself with others and wrongly think that is was 'one of a kind', and there was no other like him, he failed to complete the work that God intended him to do, and God used others to do it! This shows us that though we may be used by God to do a great work for Him in our generation we must only compare ourselves with ourselves in terms of what God has actually called us to do, and how much is yet undone, as well as, how much of Christ's nature we have acquired, instead of what we have accomplished in terms of what other may or may not be doing!
We need to have the attitude like the A.Paul who said that although he had many accolades to his credit, yet he chose to forget the things that are behind and reach out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind (to walk as Jesus did), he strove toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, Philippians 3: 12-15. His goal or aim was not just completing the good works that God had in mind for him to complete, but rather to do them all with the very nature and character of Christ! Jehu also did well in accomplishing God's will to a certain extent and God commended him for the same, 2 Kings 10: 30, and promised to let his sons rule upto the 4th generation. However, he did not repudiate the sins which Jeroboam son of Nebat had encouraged Israel to commit as the golden calves still remained in Bethel and Dan, vs 29! Had he done all that God had expected of him, God would have confirmed his dynasty, just like he did Davids.
Besides, in his zeal, Jehu went beyond his boundary and even killed the king of Judah and his relatives, which God had not asked him to do, 2 Kings 9:27,28; 2 Kings 10:13,14! As we study the strengths and weaknesses of these men of God, may we learn from their example, in all humility, and imitate their faith in areas where they did well, as well as, overcome our fears in areas where they fell short, while being willing to give up our lives, so that we may grow in Christlikeness, as well as, finish the ministry that we receive from the Lord Jesus, which is to testify to the good news of God’s grace, Acts 20:24, (a paraphrase).
Disobedience - upclose
Joram King of Israel son of King Ahab and King Ahaziah son of Athaliah queen of Judah, both were killed immediately one after the other by Jehu.
Further we read in chapter 10 seventy sons of the house of Ahab were also killed on the orders of Jehu.
Why all these tragedies in the families of two Kings?
We read that Ahab & Jezebel and Athaliah were living in disobedience to the commands of the Lord.
Det.28:15 - 18 reveal that when parents live in disobedience to the Lord by not following his commands carefully, fruit of their womb (Children) will be cursed.
In the light of the above verse we can infer that when parents are guilty of sin of disobedirnce to the word of God, their sins will catch up with their children and they will pay for their parental sins.
This is exactly what we see in the death of Joram and Ahaziah. I think that both paid for the sins of their parents Ahab and Athaliah respectively by their lives.
From the gruesome death of Jezebel and Athaliah we understand that when one continues to be wicked his or her end will be pathetic and may even be sudden.
But there is good news for the parents now, Bible in Gal.3 :13 says Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. What an awesome love is the love of the Lord which protects our children from being cursed for our disobedience.
Many years ago in one of my training sessions I found a couple participants came drunk to a session.On enquiry I found out they also had other vises.When I told them that I didn't have such habits because my father never had such bad habits. They were shocked when I told them that their children would come to ruin since they would certainly pick up such vises from their fathers.
To the glory of God, when I met these two persons after two months they told me with tears that they gave up their bad habits since they didn't want their children to be victims of such habits in future because of them.
Let us keep our children's welfare in mind when we are tempted to disobey and protect them from the consequences of our disobedience to the Lord.