“Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan” (2 Kings 10:29).TEXT — 2 Kings 10:18-30
A story was told about a king in a certain village who rose up one day and proclaimed that anyone caught fetching water from a particular stream would be put to death. He was dreaded, so every family ensured that they sought alternatives. One day, while scouting a bush near the stream for snails, a villager saw a couple of the royal guards keeping watch. Curious, he moved closer to get a better view of the scene. While taking a stroll around his kingdom, the king had become very thirsty and was drinking from the forbidden stream. He was an unreformed reformer.
In today’s Bible passage, we are faced with an uncommon reformer, Jehu, who obeyed God’s instruction by destroying the worship of Baal in Israel. Jehu sent for all the worshippers of Baal and ensured that none was left. He cunningly informed them that he wanted to have a solemn assembly for Baal but his intention was to destroy them. As soon as they had ended their burnt offerings to Baal, Jehu ordered his guard and the captains to slay them.
Unfortunately, this reformer was himself unreformed. He still worshipped other idols as did Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who committed abominable sins in Israel. He continued to maintain the golden calves in Bethel and Dan. What hypocrisy!
Many who pose as children of God, including preachers, turn out to be hypocrites like Jehu. Their secret lives are morally corrupt. They are guilty of the things they ask people not to do through their sermons, counselling, online posts and group discussions. Are you one of these hypocrites? Make no mistake, all hypocrites will be judged according to their works.
Thought for the day
The most ridiculous “error in concord” is when your practice does not match your profession.
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