Day 122

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Chronicles 7:1
When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offerings and the other sacrifices, and the LORD’s glory filled the temple.

It isn’t often that fire comes down from the skies. Elijah prayed and fire came. Solomon in this case prayed and fire came.

Whenever fire from heaven came after a prayer – it was interpreted as God’s response and approval.

God is pleased.

I pray for the day when fire comes on a regular basis in the midst of our congregation every Sun.

To ignite hearts and fuel our faith for the journey ahead. That those who came will leave knowing they met with God.

For that to happen- I think it’s crucial that we gather for the right reasons- not out of routine but out of a sincere desire to seek God and to please Him week in week out!

This Saturday – let’s get ready our bodies, minds and hearts for fire from heaven on Sunday in all our services- burning up our sacrifices that we bring to our Most Holy God

Day 121

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Chronicles 1:7-10
That night God appeared to Solomon. He said, “What can I give you?” Solomon responded to God, “You’ve shown great love to my father David, and you’ve made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, you’ve kept the promise you made to my father David. You’ve made me king of people who are as numerous as specks of dust on the ground. Give me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people. After all, who can judge this great people of yours?”

I love this prayer … so much to learn from it.
Note how he uses the YOUs and the MEs.

Whenever he was speaking about God with the word YOU- he would speak of how God is the Giver. The One who showed love, who made him king, who can grant wisdom, who is the One who ‘owns’ the people.

Whenever he spoke of himself using ME- it was in the place of a recipient, of one in need, of one who is a vessel and not the ‘Owner’.

He had perspective at this young age.
He knew where God’s place was and where he stood in relation to it.

Too often our unhappiness and struggle in life comes when we mistakenly think we are owners and bosses when we are not.
We may think we are doing God a favor when we are mere servants.

Perspective- it matters.

Day 120

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 28:2-3
Then King David rose to his feet and said: Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building. But God said to me, You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.

The Temple was to be a place of worship for God’s followers to gather.

David had been a soldier, killing many and conquering by force. For him to establish the Temple, would invariably lead to it being remembered as a monument built through much killing and slaughter.

His son Solomon however would reign in peace and the Temple would be built by such a man.

Why was this important?
To me, I see similarities with the Church- which would be established by the Lord Jesus Himself. Not through any blood shed, except His own.

Like the Temple, the Church would help mankind connect with God and unite His followers in purpose- as they came from around the world to worship God.

Day 119

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 23:27-32
For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered from twenty years old and upward. For their duty was to assist the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, having the care of the courts and the chambers, the cleansing of all that is holy, and any work for the service of the house of God. Their duty was also to assist with the showbread, the flour for the grain offering, the wafers of unleavened bread, the baked offering, the offering mixed with oil, and all measures of quantity or size. And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening, and whenever burnt offerings were offered to the Lord on Sabbaths, new moons and feast days, according to the number required of them, regularly before the Lord. Thus they were to keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and to attend the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the service of the house of the Lord.

There is nothing wrong with counting the number of people gathered – if the purpose is for logistical reasons or to gauge how to better prepare for the gathering size.

It became a problem in David’s earlier census when it was done with the motive of trumpeting how great David himself was.

There is a difference – one seeks to ascertain how we can do our job better, and the other seeks to ascertain one’s greatness instead of God’s.

We must ask ourselves on a daily basis what our motivations are- its seldom the action itself that is wrong but more often the motives behind our deeds.

Day 118

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 22:2-5
David commanded to gather together the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. David also provided great quantities of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, and cedar timbers without number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. For David said, Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it. So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.

Our children will be called to achieve things that are different from what we have achieved.
They will live different lives.

They may even surpass what we have done!

David knew Solomon would be the one building the Temple but before his death, David labored to prepare the materials that Solomon could use for the construction.

Yes we can labor in our lifetimes to help the next generation succeed. That is the best that we can do as loving parents.

But whether they accomplish what they are destined to, depends on their willingness to pursue God’s destiny for them.

Day 117

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 20:1-3
In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led out the army and ravaged the country of the Ammonites and came and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. And Joab struck down Rabbah and overthrew it. And David took the crown of their king from his head. He found that it weighed a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone. And it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount. And he brought out the people who were in it and set them to labor with saws and iron picks and axes. And thus David did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

Joab labored on the battlefield against the enemy for his king.
When it was about to be destroyed, he told David and invited him to come for the final overthrow of the enemy.

That is why though David remained in Jerusalem initially, that he was there to receive the crown at the end of battle.

Joab could have soaked in the honor of being the one who takes the enemy city, returns home with the crown for his king.
But no, he knew his rightful place and honored his leader and let his king strike the final blow instead.

Joab labored not for his own glory but for his king’s.
What a good lesson for us all – our achievements on the battlefield of life are not for our own glories either but for our rightful king, without whom none of these could be possible.

Day 116

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 17:1
Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.

In reality, God is too big to be housed in a dwelling built by human house.
After all, He declares “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool.” (Isaiah 66.1)

So what did David desire?
He desired a more respectable place of worship for God, one greater than a tent.
He saw the palace he lived in, and wondered how he could enjoy such luxury and do nothing for the place of worship for God.

He saw his blessings not as an end but a means. A means for him to do more for His God.

That is my thought for today,
“How am I using my received blessings as a means to do more for my God?”

Day 115

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 14:9-17
Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand? And the Lord said to him, Go up, and I will give them into your hand. And he went up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood. Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned. And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley. And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, You shall not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.
And David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.

He was an experienced military commander and had many victories under his belt.
But note that his response to an invading army, was to seek out God’s view.

He didn’t say-
¤ Oh we have done this before and can do it again.
¤ Remember when I sent them packing after I slew Goliath?

Nope.
He asked God what to do.

His confidence did not lie in his abilities or his history. It was founded in who God is and what God wants to do.

May that be the same for us.
It’s so tempting to rely on what we know we can accomplish through our experience of how we have done things before.
But it is wiser to lean on God’s wisdom for he sees all things.

Flippant “love”

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Hosea 6:1-9:17; Proverbs 29:12-14

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Hosea 6:4 “What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.”

REFLECT
Through the prophet Hosea, God lamented upon the hearts of His people, whose love was like a “morning cloud, like dew that goes early away”. We can say what we want with our lips or do what is necessary to gather praise; but the Lord is clear as day upon how we truly feel inside our hearts. Is our love for Him like the morning cloud? Or are we steadfast in our love for the Lord as He so desires? In some ways, it is heartening to know that God desires steadfast love even as He loves us first. He is not treating our relationship with Him like some like to do – merely transactional and like a barter trade.

RELATE
How is my love for my Lord? I must confess that it is not steadfast all the time and need the grace of God to help me. I can recall moments in my life when at one moment, I can be in such passion for the Lord but at the next moment, I chose to withdraw! Oh how wretched and flippant is my soul! The human condition is truly in need of salvation and being saved each and every day. I thank God that I still hear His voice in convicting me to change for the better. May He who is able help me to be more steadfast in my love for Him; He who loves me in much much greater measure.

REST
Lord our God, you know our hearts. Help us to cultivate steadfast love through in the Spirit and in truth. Amen.

Day 114

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 13:1-4
David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with every leader. And David said to all the assembly of Israel, If it seems good to you and from the Lord our God, let us send abroad to our brothers who remain in all the lands of Israel, as well as to the priests and Levites in the cities that have pasturelands, that they may be gathered to us. Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul. All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

They had good intentions but bad follow through.
They wanted to worship God but were sloppy in their conduct as if God would be content with their half-hearted efforts.

1 Chronicles 13:5-10
So David assembled all Israel from the Nile of Egypt to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord who sits enthroned above the cherubim. And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. And David and all Israel were rejoicing before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets. And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God.

Instead of Levites carrying the ark- they used oxen.
Instead of revering the Ark, Uzzah actually thought he could touch it.

In the end what was supposed to be a worship event became a judgment against Israel … Uzzah was struck dead for his irreverence.

When we gather to worship God, what do we bring?
Our best or just our make-do efforts?
The difference matters because God is no beggar nor is His Church a charity that should be tossed leftovers in terms of time, talents, finances.

To do so, reveals the place God has in our hearts, regardless of how we claim with our lips to love him.

When kids say to their parents “I love you” but follows it with disrespectful behavior the next moment- it shows.
The same I would contend- applies to our relationship with God.

Day 113

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 10:1-6
When the Philistines fought against Israel, the men of Israel fled from the Philistines and were killed in battle on Mount Gilboa. The Philistines caught up to Saul and his sons. They killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons. The heaviest fighting was against Saul. When the archers got him in their range, he was wounded by them. Saul told his armorbearer, “Draw your sword! Stab me, or these godless men will come and make fun of me.” But his armorbearer refused because he was terrified. So Saul took the sword and fell on it. When the armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on the sword and died. So Saul, his three sons, and his dynasty died together.

Saul wasn’t wounded that grievously because he knew he would survive long enough if captured to be made fun of.

So instead of capture, he resolved to commit suicide.

Why would he do that when he wasn’t so seriously wounded?
The answer lies in his pride.

The same pride that caused him to turn against David when the people sang David’s praises and of his military capabilities.

That same pride led Saul to decide to take his own life when forced into a corner – to choose between humiliation and death and he chose the latter.

How big is your pride? What extents will we go to preserve it?

Good food for thought today …

God, one another and His commandments

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: 1 John 5:1-21; Psalms 124:1-8

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
1 John 5:1-2 “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whomever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.”

REFLECT
The Apostle John provided a systematic way of helping us appreciate that those who believes in Jesus Christ has been born of God; and those born of God should also love everyone within the family of faith. By what is such a love measured? Through our obedience of God’s commandments.

Therefore, when we say we love God and have no love for one another, then we are lying to God and to ourselves. When we profess that we love one another but have no love or desire to obey God’s commandments, we will also find in ourselves a liar. For loving God and one another are not first and second tier “to dos”; but they go hand in hand in our relationship with God and with His children. Everything comes in a package – God, people and His commandments as found in His Word. They are not separate entities.

RELATE
We have the tendency to separate the ideas of “God”, “one another” and “Word” in our daily living. For example, we could be worshipping God in music and songs with gusto and passion; but right in the midst of it, we can get easily frustrated when a baby cries at the back of the sanctuary. Or we could be so excited about going for a bible study or a teaching session; yet along the way we choose to ignore the cries of a person in need; all because we are rushing for time.

It is a challenging world to live in and it is really not easy trying to live up to Jesus’ call for us in the Great Commandment. Yet, Jesus said that if we can only follow His leading in faith, then the yoke will be easy and the burden light. Personally, I know that there are so much more to learn about John’s simple yet profound exhortation for me to live out the Great Commandment. May the Lord has mercy and help me to love, trust and obey.

REST
Lord our God, help us to love others as You have love us. Help us to truly understand what such love is. Amen.

Day 112

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 5:1-2
These are the sons of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn. (Although he was the firstborn, his rights as firstborn were given to his nephews, Joseph’s sons, because he dishonored his father’s bed. However, Joseph couldn’t be listed in the genealogy as the firstborn son. Even though Judah was more prominent than his brothers and the prince was to come from him, Joseph received the rights as firstborn.)

Reuben lost his privileges because he committed adultery with his father’s concubine.

Though as firstborn- he was entitled to the lion’s share of the inheritance- he lost it all as a result of his rebellious, sinful act.

His rights were given to Joseph’s sons.
Joseph was sold into slavery by jealous brothers, falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, thrown into prison and eventually rose to be Pharaoh’s right hand man.

He may have wondered if he had been forgotten and if his obedience to God had come to no fruition. But God did not forget him – he elevated Joseph from the prison cell to the palace, from having a criminal record to the history books as the one who helped Egypt escape the famine.

While acts of disobedience rob us of our destiny, obedience calls forth our destiny.

Day 111

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Kings 25:1-7
On the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem with his entire army. They set up camp and built dirt ramps around the city walls. The blockade of the city lasted until Zedekiah’s eleventh year as king. On the ninth day of the fourth month, the famine in the city became so severe that the common people had no food. The enemy broke through the city walls that night. All Judah’s soldiers left on the road of the gate between the two walls beside the king’s garden. While the Babylonians were attacking the city from all sides, the king took the road to the plain of Jericho. The Babylonian army pursued King Zedekiah and caught up with him in the plain of Jericho. His entire army had deserted him. The Babylonians captured the king, brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and passed sentence on him. They slaughtered Zedekiah’s sons as he watched, and then they blinded Zedekiah. They put him in bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.

By what happened to Zedekiah, 2 seemingly contradicting prophecies are fulfilled.

Jeremiah 34:2-3
“This is what the LORD God of Israel says: Go to King Zedekiah of Judah, and tell him, ‘The LORD says: I’m going to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will burn it down. You will not escape from him. You will certainly be captured and handed over to him. You will see the king of Babylon with your own eyes, and he will talk to you face to face. Then you will go to Babylon.

Ezekiel 12:12
And the prince who is among them shall lift his baggage upon his shoulder at dusk, and shall go out. They shall dig through the wall to bring him out through it. He shall cover his face, that he may not see the land with his eyes.

Zedekiah did not see Babylon but he did go there!

Sometimes we look at 2 seemingly contradicting accounts in Scripture and ponder the accuracy of the Word but God is able to make His Word come to be fulfilled in ways we never thougt possible.

After all those reading the Old Testament prophecies would wonder how “a virgin would be with child.” Wouldn’t they?

Day 110

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Kings 20:1-7
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, Thus says the Lord, Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover. Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight. And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord, and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake. And Isaiah said, Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.

Isaiah had prophesied his impending death but Hezekiah turned immediately to God and sought grace.

He sought for God to reconsider and turn a supposedly foregone conclusion around.

And guess what- God did!
He added 15 years to Hezekiah’s life!

What an audacious prayer request!
What made Hezekiah dare to seek God in such a manner?

Note Hezekiah’s prayer:
“Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.”

He prays “remember me.” As if there is some familiarity between God and him.
The 2 are not strangers.
Hezekiah was not one who seldom prayed to God or was unfamiliar with God.
Nope.
He walked in faithfulness with God and had due reason to believe that God would find him familiar!

And as he came before God- not as a stranger but a keen follower- God hears his prayer and shows him the grace of lengthening his life.

What a reminder to me this day …
Dare I say to God “Remember me …” as if He would find me a familiar companion who journeyed throughout my life with Him?

Day 109

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Kings 19:9-13
Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, Behold, he has set out to fight against you. So he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying, Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?

Hezekiah was threatened with destruction.
What did he do upon receiving this threat?

2 Kings 19:14-19
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: O Lord the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.

He went up to God and took the threatening letter itself and laid it out before God and asked for his help.

People think they can threaten us because somehow they ‘own us’. That they have some power or authority over our lives.

But Hezekiah knew who ultimately had the final say and even though he was facing the mighty Assyrian army – he went to the LORD of the heavenly armies.

Don’t let people threaten you in this life.
Neither should what they predict about your life be the final diagnosis.

You are children of the Most High God.
He is the ultimate voice over your life.

Day 108

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Kings 17:7-14
And this occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel, and in the customs that the kings of Israel had practiced. And the people of Israel did secretly against the Lord their God things that were not right. They built for themselves high places in all their towns, from watchtower to fortified city. They set up for themselves pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree, and there they made offerings on all the high places, as the nations did whom the Lord carried away before them. And they did wicked things, provoking the Lord to anger, and they served idols, of which the Lord had said to them, You shall not do this. Yet the Lord warned Israel and Judah by every prophet and every seer, saying, Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes, in accordance with all the Law that I commanded your fathers, and that I sent to you by my servants the prophets. But they would not listen, but were stubborn, as their fathers had been, who did not believe in the Lord their God.

They had many chances to turn from the error of their ways.
But they did not.

And the Scripture is explicit.
All this befell them- because they turned away from God.

Make no mistake – without God, we are nothing.
He is our all in all.
Nothing else and no one else can save us or bless us like He can.

When we are in the high places of life, let us not forget who got us there. It is the LORD.
When we are in life’s low points, let us remember who can save us from this sorrow. It is the LORD.

Day 107

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Kings 15:34-35
And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done. Nevertheless, the high places were not removed. The people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. He built the upper gate of the house of the Lord.

These words repeat themselves throughout the reign of many kings – “still, the high places were not removed …”

And we wonder why.

Wouldn’t it be obvious after a few kings had come and gone that idolatry was a problem?
Wouldn’t the new king want to do better and lead his people better?

Perhaps it would ruffle feathers if he removed the high places where idolatry was practiced.

And so to retain political stability, he would sacrifice spiritual health.

May these words strike the heart of all church leaders.
What may seem to be the wisest thing to do politically, is not necessarily the most spiritual thing to do.

Day 106

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Kings 11:17-21
And Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and people, that they should be the Lord’s people, and also between the king and the people. Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and tore it down; his altars and his images they broke in pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest posted watchmen over the house of the Lord. And he took the captains, the Carites, the guards, and all the people of the land, and they brought the king down from the house of the Lord, marching through the gate of the guards to the king’s house. And he took his seat on the throne of the kings. So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet after Athaliah had been put to death with the sword at the king’s house. Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign.

To be God’s people, they destroyed all idols.
It meant that they were making certain they would not be tempted to turn back to idolatry and worship God faithfully.

It’s the same when a man marries a woman in a public ceremony.
In the words of the martial vow ‘forsaking all others as long as we both shall live..’- it shows the determination to faithfully be with their spouse.

How are we following God?
Have we forsaken others and been faithful to follow Him?
Or has our work come in first and His work become second.
Or our family first and God second?

Time to do a quick reflection today.

Day 105

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Kings 10:17-28
When they arrived in Samaria, Jehu killed the rest of Ahab’s family, every member who was left in Samaria. He wiped them out, as the LORD had told Elijah. Then Jehu brought all the people together. He said, “Ahab served Baal a little, but Jehu will serve him a lot. Summon all the prophets, servants, and priests of Baal. Make sure no one is missing because I have a great sacrifice to offer Baal. Whoever is missing will not live.” (Jehu was deceiving them. He actually wanted to destroy those who worshiped Baal.) Jehu said, “Call a holy assembly to honor Baal.” So they did. Jehu sent messengers to all the Israelites. All the worshipers of Baal came, and there wasn’t one who didn’t come. They went into the temple of Baal and filled it from one end to the other. Then Jehu told the man in charge of the priests’ robes, “Bring out the robes for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out robes for them. Jehu and Jehonadab, son of Rechab, went into the temple of Baal and said to the worshipers of Baal, “Make sure that there are no worshipers of the LORD here with you. Only the worshipers of Baal should be here.” So they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. But Jehu had stationed 80 of his men outside. He said to them, “If any of the people I’m putting in your hands escape, you will pay for their lives with yours.” When the burnt offerings had been made, Jehu said to the guards and attendants, “Kill them. Don’t let anyone get away.” So they used swords to kill the Baal worshipers and threw out the bodies until the guards and attendants came to the stronghold in the temple of Baal. Then they brought out the large sacred stone of the temple of Baal and burned it. They destroyed the sacred stone of Baal and the temple of Baal and made it into a latrine. It is still a latrine today. So Jehu got rid of Baal worship throughout Israel.

Jehu was shrewd. He eliminated all of Ahab’s descendants and then pretended to worship Baal to trick all the Baal followers to gather and then he killed them all.

Jehu was in many ways better than Ahab but unfortunately he didn’t turn completely from the flaws of his predecessors.

2 Kings 10:29-31
But Jehu did not turn away from the sins that Jeroboam (Nebat’s son) led Israel to commit–the worship of the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan. The LORD said to Jehu, “You did what I consider right, and you did it well. You did everything I wanted done to Ahab’s family. That is why four generations of your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel.” But Jehu didn’t wholeheartedly obey the teachings of the LORD God of Israel. He didn’t turn away from the sins that Jeroboam led Israel to commit.

Jehu may have eliminated Baal worship but the worship of golden calves continued. God rewarded him for his good start as a leader but still Jehu fell into idolatry.

While we shake our heads at the sins of another, we should be wary that we ourselves not fall into the same trap. Sometimes pride blinds us and we end up doing exactly what we said our neighbor shouldn’t do.

Cling on to God and His teachings day and night and turn not from His ways. it only takes a tiny slip to start sliding down the slippery slope of sin.