July 4

July 4.

Jehu (Northern King 28 years) — Jehu kills Ahab’s family according to Elijah’s prophecy.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: 2 Kings 9

Reading 2: 2 Kings 10

Reading 3: Hosea 1:2-5

Happy 4th of July!

Elisha sets in motion the fulfillment of Elijah’s prophecy concerning Ahab and Jezebel. He sends a prophet to anoint Jehu as Israel’s new king. The events which follow show that Jehu is willing to obey the Lord fully, and to rid Israel of the evil brought in by Ahab and Jezebel. Yet he did not follow God wholeheartedly so in the end he is judged too.

When it is time to clean house, those who love God will be bold to reject all evil and bring God’s righteousness in its place. This is what Hosea did when he married Gomer and named their son Jezreel, a prophetic forecast of God’s judgment on Jehu.

There is great cost to disobeying God, but God is patient to bring us to repentance and restoration if we are willing.

Have a great day!

Mark.

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