Jehonadab was one of the Rechabites. They were faithful to God in a degenerate age. Jehu’s apparent zeal for God is a cover to wipe out potential enemies. Baal worship was tied politically to Jezebel and her family’s kingdom in Lebanon. Jehu reinstituted the idols of Jereboam.
“Thus Jehu wiped out Baal from Israel. But Jehu did not turn aside from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin – that is, the golden calves that were in Bethel and in Dan.” v28-29.
As a kid this used to be incomprehensible to me. How can someone with such passion and fire fall into the exact same sin that he wiped out (idolatry)?
It’s hypocrisy we see so clearly and evident in Jehu’s life. He was fervent for this particular bit of what God said, but ignored other things (like his men in the last chapter).
There’s a great opportunity for us to be convicted here, to check ourselves. Are we blinded by our own passions and “rightness”?
One really great antidote to hypocrisy is humility in our service, in our work (whatever form that takes). Jesus talks about it in Matt 6.
And too, from His words there, prayer! Active, real, hard-won prayer!
Let’s be convicted to continue to examine ourselves in the light/mirror of God’s word, to be about our work with all humility and to be praying with much gusto!