Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 10
Key Verse: 2 Kings 10:29
However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan.
Surely Jehu or his advisers and priests knew about the judgment of God on the Israelites who worshiped the golden calf at the foot of Mt. Sinai shortly after being delivered from Egypt (Exo. 32). Jehu most certainly knew the first of the Ten Commandments (Exo. 20:1-6). Jehu did not embrace God’s Commandments in the core of his being where decisions are made for right and wrong. Verse 31 in today’s reading tells us, “Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God.” The northern tribes disintegrated as a result. Syria took over the territories of three of the tribes on the east side of the Jordan River, from its source south to the Sea of Galilee. This is the border territory today between Syria and Israel. God wanted the destruction of the altars of Baal, but gave no instructions to do the same with the golden calves. Could it be that the Lord always leaves a test in place to see whether or not we will decide for Him or otherwise?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God I decide for You 100%. May I be granted grace, intelligence, and a heart that is true to You in all things. I pray that I will put out of my life all idols, those things that take priority ahead of You. I realize that to worship is to ascribe worth to someone or something. I worship You Lord God, all else fades away in the focus of my life on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In the late ‘70s I took my sons out of high school for the month of March and we back-packed throughout Israel. However, when we arrived at Vered Hagalil, a dude ranch just above the Mount of Beatitudes north of the Sea of Galilee, we rented horses and rode across the hillsides and back for 20 miles or so. By the time we arrived at the northern stretch of the River Jordan, I realized that while I was fit for walking and carrying a large back pack, I was not in shape for long periods in the saddle. I was very sore on a certain part of my anatomy. I remember jumping into the river, clothes and all, propping my feet against a fallen tree trunk and lying upstream into the current being massaged by the fast flowing waters of the Jordan. When my spiritual muscles and joints are sore, I picture myself doing the same as I lie back into the river of prayer and worship. It’s amazing how refreshed I am after doing this. I’m ready to mount up and go again.