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Meditations on 2 Kings 10-12

Posted by Adam Graham on August 28, 2006

In 2 Kings 10, Jehu finished his destruction of the sons of Ahab, as Jehoram’s servants chose to bow to the might of Jehu’s sword rather than defending their charges.

Jehu then had to handle the worshipers and priests of Baal and for that he needed help:

And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.

And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot.-2 Kings 10:15, 16

The Bible tells us that Jonadab was the head of a house called the Rechabites and that he was a strict man who laid down rules for his family that would be followed generations later in the days of Jeremiah, Jeremiah 35: 6,7:

But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:

Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.-Jeremiah 35:6,7

Jonadab was devout, but was Jehu?

But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin. v. 31

In killing the sons of Ahab and destroying the child-sacrificing religion of Baal, Jehu’s heart was not towards righteousness. He made a political decision. Getting rid of Ahab’s sons would solidify his political power, as would destroying Baal worship. There’s a thought that we can take from this. When someone claims to have a great zeal for God, are they being honest, or are they, like Jehu, using God’s will towards their own end? Once doing God’s will stopped being politically advantagous, Jehu stopped caring about the Lord and his ways, taking no heed. Such men can be ruinous with false piety that deceives even the faithful.

Jehu dies and then Jehoahaz reigned in his stead.

Next, we’re told the story of Athaliah who, on finding out of her son’s death, ordered all the King’s sons slain. Had she succeeded, she would have destroyed the entire house of David and effectively made the fulfillment of God’s promises to David impossible. Thankfully, the Lord intervened and a baby by the name of Joash was saved and kept alive by the high priest Jehoiada. When the child was seven, Jehoiada staged a coup, removing the wicked Athaliah from power. This serves as a reminder that God always keeps his promises, though certainly those who didn’t know that Joash lived doubted how God would fulfil his promises, God was still faithful and his plan was not thwarted by the wickedness of Athaliah.

In 2 Kings 12, we have two stories. The first was of Joash’s efforts to repair the house of the Lord. He ordered the priests to take the money they received and to repair the breaches in the House of the Lord. In the 23rd year of his reign, he noticed this wasn’t done, so he ordered them to cease taking money from their acquaintences, but rather to repair the breaches.

Jehoiada then placed a wooden box by the door of the house of the Lord and the people of God filled it up and he took it to Joash, saying the money had been “found” in the House of the Lord. The repairs were then completed.

From this we can learn that if we want to see something done in the local church, it is required that we put our money where our mouth is. As much as churches do, more could be done with generosity of Christians towards the work of the Lord. In one church my wife and I were in, they had a place on the offering envelope for a pew fund. The pastor’s wife advised us we should put money in the fund when we get tired of being poked by the springs.

If you don’t think your church is doing enough for the poor, have you given to the Alms fund? If you don’t think the level of your church’s support for missions is sufficient, have you supported the mission’s fund? Have you asked about filling the needs of the church?

Consider that for decades, there had been breeches in the House of the Lord and that so many people simply walked past. No rich merchant said, “How can I help repair the breeches?” Rather, mass fundraising efforts were required to make up what was needed to have the House of the Lord in good repair.

Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.

And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and in the king’s house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem. vs. 17, 18

This is an important point. Too often in today’s society, we overuse the term “people of faith.” Anyone, who adheres to a religion is considered a person of faith. I’d suggest, we need to examine ourselves. A person of religion understands facts about God and mentally accepts his presence in reality. A person of faith believes in Who God is and bases his life around it.

While, there’s more evidence of this in 2 Chronicles, what this illustrates is that while Joash was a man of religion, he was not a man of faith. So many times, this game was played in the history of Judah where the House of God would be emptied to appease the wrath of a foreign king.

The act of bribery shows a deficiency in faith, a lack of it. It says, “God, I don’t trust you to take care of me.” It was done by Hezekiah, who despite his great trust in the Lord, stumbled and relied on a bribe to keep the King of Assyria at bay.

Every time a king did this, he turned from faith in God to faith in money. Hezekiah falling into this trap reminds us that even the best may stumble, but we all must grow to truly become people of faith.

Linked to Pursuing Holiness, Third World County, Random Yak,


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