JEHU OR JESUS?
A WORD FOR THOSE WHO ARE HOPING FOR REVIVAL IN AMERICA
Hos 1:1) The word of the
LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham,
Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of
Joash, king of Israel.
2) The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
3) So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bore him a son.
God's calling naturally (or better yet, supernaturally) sets us apart from the societal normalcy of our times. Many of those that God called to do His Will were required to do some strange things.
was told to build a huge boat on dry land and then to load a bunch of animals
into it. There is no doubt that he was mocked for his seemingly futile labor.
Moses was told to confront Pharoah armed only with a stick, and to demand that he let Moses' people go. That would be akin to a black man in 1835 going to a very wealthy plantation owner and demanding that he release all the slaves that he possessed.
Gideon was told to confront an army whose numbers were as grasshoppers on the land; their multitude was so great, it couldn't be numbered (Judges 6:5). The kicker was that Gideon was to confront them with just three hundred men. That would be akin to three men going to a crowded biker bar in San Antonio on a Friday night, and standing in the door and shouting "Every one who rides a Harley is a sissy, and we're here to tell you that you better leave this bar right now, because we are going to take possession of it and make it a church!"
Jonah was told to go to a city of extreme wickedness and to declare that in forty days, that city would be destroyed. That would be akin to standing on a street corner in New Orleans and declaring that in forty days, New Orleans would be destroyed.
Ezekiel was told by God to do a number of things that would appear to be crazy. In Ezekiel chapter 4, he was told to draw a picture of Jerusalem on a tile, and to build a scene of the enemy besieging it. Then he was to take an iron pan, kind of like a griddle, and set it between him and the city, while he laid on his left side for 390 days as a symbol of the years of the sin of Israel, and on his right side for 40 days as a symbol of the years of the sin of Judah.
He was given instructions on what to eat during this period, being a small quantity of food and a little water. He was told to bake his bread in an oven using cow dung to symbolize human dung. We might read that, and think that's a little strange, but what if God called you to do a similar thing in front of Wal-mart? After a week, people would be talking about the nut outside of Wal-mart. After a month, you would be the talk of the town. After a year, all the talk shows would be mocking you.
He also was instructed to cut off his beard and his hair and to burn part of it, to attack some of it with a sword, scatter some of it in the wind, and put a small portion of it in the hem of his garment (Ez. 5).
Many were put to death for their stand for God. Many were called to do some pretty outrageous things in the Will of God. Hosea was no exception. His prophetic ministry lasted a period of several years.
He was told to marry a "woman of whoredoms". There is some question as to what this passage actually refers to. Some scholars believe that the Lord instructed Hosea to marry a woman who was a harlot. Others believe that the word "whoredoms" refers to the fact that she was of another race that worshipped other gods. I personally believe the wording of the verse shows that she wasn't a prostitute, because God says "take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms"… While the word "whoredoms" can refer to prostitution, many times the word is used to refer to idolatry (Num 14:33, 2 Kings 9:22, 2 Chr 21:13, Jer 3:2, Ez 23:7, Nah 3:4, etc.). She had been a woman that belonged to an idolatrous nation, and her children would also be children that belonged to an idolatrous nation. But even if she was a prostitute, we can see that either interpretation will not alter the significance of the message that the Lord wanted Hosea to convey to Israel. Simply put, the people of Israel had prostituted themselves by forsaking the Lord and turning to the idols of the heathen round about them.
4) And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
I believe the remarkable thing in this account is that in obedience to the Lord, Hosea would give his children names that were not too complimentary to a person to have. In many countries, children are given names that have significance. So it was with Hosea's offspring. The offspring of this woman of whoredoms would be given names that described Israel's present state in relationship with God. The Word of God says that whatsoever we sow we will reap. When we sow to the flesh, the consequences of those things that we sow will eventually manifest themselves. Israel had sown seeds of disobedience and rebellion toward God through their idolatry, and they would reap the consequences. Now it was God's turn to sow.
The firstborn child of this prophetic union would be named "Jezreel" which means "God will sow", as in the act of dispersing seed (scatter). Because of Israel's disobedience to the Word of God, He promises them that they would be no longer be a unified nation, but that they would be scattered. At this time we can call to mind how the Lord in His Mercy had scattered humanity throughout the world at the tower of Babel, rather than destroying mankind a second time. He had made a covenant with Noah that He would never destroy all mankind again by means of a flood, so in His mercy, He confounded their language and scattered them throughout the world.
So here we see a similar situation: The Almighty God had made a covenant that He would be the God of Israel, and Israel would be His people. But because they had gone whoring after other gods, while He would not forsake them, in His mercy He would scatter them abroad, and leave to Himself a remnant. A little background is necessary here concerning Jezreel.
There was a man named Naboth who owned a vineyard in Jezreel, which was near king Ahab's palace. Ahab wanted the Naboth's vineyard, and offered to buy it for a fair price, or to trade it for a vineyard that was even better than Naboth's. But Naboth's vineyard had a sentimental value to it, having been passed down through the generations to him, and he wasn't interested in selling it. Ahab went home and pouted that he couldn't have the land that he desired.
Ahab had a wife whose name was Jezebel. She told Ahab that he didn't have to take no for an answer since he was the king. Jezebel set Naboth up so that he would be falsely accused of blaspheming the Name of God and of the king, and had him taken outside the city and stoned. Then she told Ahab to go and take possession of the land that he had desired. When he went down to the vineyard to enjoy his spoils, God sent Elijah to prophesy against him and his seed.
1Ki 21:17 And the word
of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.
19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
22 And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.
23 And of Jezebel also spoke the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. 24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
In course of time, Elijah's prophetic word came true. A man named Jehu slew Ahab's sons, to bring to pass the prophetic word spoken by Elijah.
2Ki 10:1 And Ahab had
seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto
the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab's children,
2 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master's sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armor;
3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.
4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand?
5 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.
6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to Jezreel by tomorrow this time. Now the king's sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up.
7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.
8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king's sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.
9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these?
10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spoke concerning the house of Ahab: for the LORD hath done that which he spoke by his servant Elijah.
11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolk, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
12 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing house in the way,
13 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, Who are ye? And they answered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen.
14 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them.
Notice these next two verses:
15 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.
16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot.
17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the LORD, which he spoke to Elijah.
18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much.
19 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtlety, to the intent that he might destroy the worshipers of Baal. 20 And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it. 21 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end to another.
22 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshipers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments.
23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshipers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshipers of Baal only.
24 And when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings, Jehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he that letteth him go, his life shall be for the life of him.
25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.
26 And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them.
27 And they broke down the image of Baal, and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day. 28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
29 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. 30 And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
The sin that the Lord is referring to in Hosea is not the fact that Jehu had slain Joram, Ahab's son, and seventy other sons of Ahab's. Ahab was a wicked king, and what Jehu did was a fulfillment of the prophetic word given to Ahab by Elijah the Prophet in 1 Kings 21:21 because of his part in stealing Naboth's vineyard.
The sin of Jehu was the sin of hypocrisy in that although He destroyed Ahab's posterity according to the Will of God, and purged the land of Israel from Baal worship, He himself was guilty of idolatry in continuing the sin of Jeroboam in the worshipping of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan ( 2 Kings 10:29).
2Ki 10:31 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.
Jehu's action was nothing less than hypocrisy. On the one hand he destroys the wicked ones in Israel in an unprecedented zeal for the Lord. In fact, just prior to his destroying the worshippers of Baal, he invited Jonadab to join him and to see his zeal for the Lord (2 Kings 10:15, 16).
Too often, Christian act differently when they have an audience of people to see their zeal for the Lord, but when there is just an audience of ONE, their hearts reveal their hypocrisy.
ARE YOU A JEHU CHRISTIAN, OR A JESUS CHRISTIAN?
Although Jehu declared a zeal for the Lord, his heart wasn't with the Lord as much as he said it was. The Christians who act with righteous indignation against the sinners of the world, and yet who are guilty of harboring sin in their lives themselves are just as bad as Jehu. Paul addresses this issue in Romans, chapter 2:
Rom 2:17 Behold, thou
art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonorest thou God?
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
To put it another way, there are those who condemn homosexuals, and yet they themselves harbor lust in their hearts, either openly or behind closed doors. Oh, preacher, you who say that God hates "fags", or you who ridicule the homosexuals in front of your congregation…are you held captive to your lustful thoughts? Is pornography or an illicit affair part of your secret life? Are you like Jehu, wanting to display your "Zeal for the Lord" for others to see, while holding on to your own personal idols?
There are those who condemn drunkards, revelers, and drug addicts, yet they themselves are guilty of indulging in excesses, perhaps in food or in gossip, or pornography. There are those who judge and condemn the skid row beggars; mocking the man whose sign says "WILL WORK FOR FOOD", and yet they themselves make appeals for money in the name of the Lord.
There are those preachers who scoff at the idolatry of other faiths, yet they themselves preach a covetous gospel, teaching naïve Christians to "believe the Lord" for whatever their hearts covet after, despite the fact that the Word of God defines covetousness as idolatry. Indeed, we are instructed by the Word of God:
Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
God is a Righteous Judge. He will not allow hypocrisy to continue in His children. Because of the double standards of the Christians in America today, the Name of God is blasphemed among the heathen. Unbelievers reject the gospel, because they have seen the blatant hypocrisy that runs amok in the Christian Church in America. Because of the sin of Israel's hypocrisy, the punishment of the Lord upon His people was that the Kingdom of the house of Israel would cease.
In verse 5 of Hosea chapter 1, the Almighty says that He would break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel. In a similar way, we see the repercussions of Christian compromise in our nation. The Israelite kingdom was the Kingdom of God on earth, because they were God's people and the Name of God was to be lifted up in the world and glorified. In the same way, we are to lift up the Name of God, and glorify His Name in the world because we are citizens of the Kingdom of God.
Our mission in this world as Christians is to establish a Kingdom of Christianity. The Muslims want to establish the kingdom of Islam in the world, and because of the apathy and hypocrisy of the Christians of the world, they are succeeding.
Our golden calves are so evident to the rest of the world, and yet we ourselves have been deceived into believing that we have no golden calves.
Building programs are golden calves that take the place of bringing the gospel to a lost and dying world. The reasoning is that if we build bigger barns (churches), more people will come because they are drawn to the nice buildings. Since we are so interested in building the bigger barns, we are too busy to "GO ye" as Jesus commanded, and we focus on offerings and church fund raisers to get the finances to build the barns, while the harvest is being neglected (see Luke 12:18).
Social preferences are also golden calves that prevent the gospel from being preached effectively. Many Christians prefer to brush elbows with their "own Kind". Now whether that translates into racial prejudice or the separation between the "haves" and the "have nots" doesn't much matter. Either way they are golden calves that get in the way of our relationship with Jesus Christ and those that need to be ministered to, and to see the Love of Christ in our lives.
Jam 2:1 My brethren, have
not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Rom 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Luk 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Economics can be golden calves. The majority of Americans vote with their pocket books, rather than their morality. If the candidate promises economic growth for America, the majority of Christians will overlook the abortion, and the homosexual rights, and the candidates questionable moral charactere, and will vote for their pocketbook. Churches and Christian organizations become sanctioned by the government to be "tax exempt", so they can "be more effective in ministry" and give up their right to speak politically, or to preach the gospel except in veiled ways in their government funded social programs.
Mar 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Right in line with this golden calf, job security is also a golden calf for many Christians in America. Today, employees are threatened with losing their jobs if they witness for Jesus Christ, while the Muslim can spread out his prayer rug to pray to his god Allah 5 times a day. If they are prohibited from doing this, they can sue the company they work for in the name of "Religious discrimination". But for the most part, Christians comply with the order to "be quiet about your faith in the work place", because their job is their golden calf.
Christian, do you believe God is able to supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus? If Christians woke up and took a stand for righteousness, employers would realize they couldn't afford to fire their employees over their faith. But in America there are only a few who have enough of a dedicated commitment to their Lord Jesus Christ to make a stand for Him, and so they are made examples by their employers to cause the others to be silent about their faith. Not so with Daniel and Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego, and Joseph, and the heroes of the faith who risked all for their commitment to their Lord.
Mar 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore
shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which
is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 6:19 Lay not up for
yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where
thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Unbelief and hedonism has crept into the church in America, and has fueled great hypocrisy among those who profess to know Jesus Christ, and yet do not heed his Words.
Political correctness is a golden calf. Lawsuits are in the works against Christians who declare that Homosexuality is a sin, against Christians who adamantly affirm that Jesus Christ is the ONLY Way to receive Eternal life, against Christians who take a stand for Righteousness, and who risk all for the cause of the Kingdom of God; and so the church has complied and has been quieted in America, because we don't want to rock the boat.
LORD, BLESS CHIEF JUSTICE MOORE AND OTHERS LIKE HIM WHO WOULD RISK ALL BECAUSE THEY VALUE YOU AND YOUR KINGDOM MORE THAN THEMSELVES!
Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Reputation can be a golden calf, but it wasn't for those servants of God who have surrendered all for the sake of the Kingdom of God. In other countries Christians die and are tortured for the sake of Jesus Christ. Their attitude is "I don't care what others may think of me. I am a servant of the most High God!" In America, we blush because someone teases us about our faith! "What will my friends or my co-workers think when they find out I am a Christian?" If they don't know you are a Christian, friend, you have a big old golden calf in your life that you need to get rid of!
1Co 1:27 But God hath
chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath
chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Excuses can be a golden calf. "I don't know enough to proclaim Jesus Christ." Do you know that He saved you from the flames of Hell? Do you have a testimony of how He touched you when you asked Him to come into your heart? Or are you just using an excuse so your faith won't be challenged? Do you really know Jesus in an intimate and personal way? If you did, you wouldn't be silenced about Him, and you would be bold to declare His Name to those people you brush elbows with on a daily basis who are headed to Hell.
You don't need to know a whole lot. All you need to know is that the Living God has changed your life, and He did it through calling on His Name, not by any amount of works that you have done!
1Co 1:26 For ye see your
calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty,
not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. Our freedoms are gradually eroding.
The majority of people in the United States profess to be Christians. If you are one of those people, and you have some golden calves of your own, repent of your hypocrisy and start living like you really love Jesus Christ, and you are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
We pray for revival in America, but the fact is that it won't happen until God's people humble themselves and have the same mind as His servants the prophets, who, when told to do something that would surely ruin their reputation or their social position, would not compromise in their stand with God.
It's time to get honest with yourself and with God: Ask yourself this question:
Are you a Jehu Christian, or are you a Jesus Christian?
Who do you love more?
The Lord Jesus Christ, or your assorted golden calves?
Do you really want revival for this nation? God doesn't compromise His Word!
Psa 33:12 Blessed is the
nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own
13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
16 There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17 A horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
Pro 14:34 Righteousness
exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king's favor is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
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