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.”
This can seem strange, even somewhat incomprehensible. How can someone with such passion and fire fall into exactly the same sin they worked so hard to wipe out (idolatry in this case)?
It is hypocrisy we see clear and evident in Jehu’s life. He was okay with fervour for one particular bit of what God had said, but completely ignored most other parts of God’s word.
There is opportunity for us today reading this to check ourselves. Are we blinded by our own passions and “rightness”?
One wonderful antidote to hypocrisy is the practice (hard-won, hard-fought, each day) of humility in our service. Jesus talks about this in Matthew 6.
As well, another help we have is prayer!
Let’s be convicted to examine ourselves in the truth-mirror of God’s word. To be about our work with all humility, to be praying with determination and heart.
* Dear God,
Please open our eyes, may we not be blinded by our pride and earthly passions.
Please fix our eyes on You; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Please wash us clean today Lord God, of the dust and muck of the world. Please forgive us Lord for our sin.