Jehu’s family reigns in Samaria for four generations. The fifth generation king Zechariah reigns for only 6 months. Remember the proverbs: for 3 generations and for 4 … . The story of Azariah’s (Uzziah) leprosy is in 2 Chronicles 26. Azariah was a believer who thought he was as good spiritually as those appointed to the offices in the church (i.e. then priests, or now, elders and minister). He went up in the Temple to offer incense and prayer without the call or appointment of God.
Here we see Israel really fall apart; conspiracies, murder, corruption, defeat by enemies and terrible atrocities committed.
The sins of “Jeroboam the son of Nebat” are mentioned five times alone in this reading (we’ve been hearing them repeated again and again).
It was a destructive influence Jeroboam had on Israel.
And his sins boil down to one descriptor – idolatry.
In 1 Kings 12 we read of Jeroboam’s motives,
“If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the temple of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn again to their lord, to Rehoboam king of Judah, …”
So Jeroboam used false religion as a tool to maintain his power and influence.
False religion is all around us today. Sometimes it can be easy to see, and sometimes it is hidden right beside us in our lives.
This passage should encourage us to put off our old selves and put on our new selves, as Ephesians 4 and Romans 12 tell us,
“… Created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
This is not an easy thing to accomplish for us who have been saved, and we do not sprint but run a long-distance race – But the prize is worth it! (1 Corinthians 9)
* Dear Father in Heaven,
Please forgive us Lord God for our sin this day. Forgive us for listening to the world, for taking on a little of this thought a little of that – Turning from You and Your thoughts, Your purposes, Your word.
Please Lord God wash us clean today.
Aright our hearts and minds that we might walk in a manner that pleases You – One that turns away from idolatry in all its forms and turns continually to You, the living and true God!