Jehoash is half-hearted with Elisha. He comes with great protestations. He treats Elisha as if he were very important to Israel’s future, but then is half-hearted in obeying Elisha’s command as the Lord’s prophet. James’ warning is apt. See James 1:5-8.
“Then the man of God was angry with him …”
Here we have another passage of scripture showing the ups and downs of the kings of Israel and Judah. Stories of broken people making broken apart-from-God decisions.
The sins of Jeroboam are far-reaching down through time, we still read of them here, many generations later!
It is a good reminder of the consequences of our actions, that we live in a world that suffers not only because it is broken, but because we are too!
We cannot get away from this. What we do has importance for the here and now; how we act, what decisions we make. And not just important for us now, but for the next generation and onwards.
Important not for our own boasting, not because of our own strength – But what we do is important because our King calls us to do as He commands. His word has the weight of importance as we carry out His will.
Obedience is not to be a robotic action – It is a conscious decision to do what Jesus tells us.
Praise our God then that in Him the Son (Jesus) we can please Him. Because of Jesus, His righteousness, His Spirit alive and working in us.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* God Above,
Thank You for making it possible for us, a sinful people, to have a personal relationship with You – the living and holy Almighty God.
Thank You that through Your power at work in us we are able to choose obedience, choose to walk the narrow road and choose to not step away toward the broad road.
Thank You Father God!