“BUT JEHU WAS NOT CAREFUL TO …” Thoughts from today’s Bible readings – Sept. 5th
We have a remarkable set of chapters to mentally digest today! 2 Kings 10 records how Jehu, now king, carries out the will of the LORD in destroying all the progeny of Ahab and Jezebel and all the worshippers of Baal. “And the LORD said to Jehu” how he had “done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes” [v.30]
However the next verse makes the statement , “But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart.” Now we ourselves can and should zealously work for our Lord, but we must be“careful to” do so “with all (our) heart.”
Today we started reading Ezekiel; he was “in the land of the Chaldeans” when “the hand of the LORD was upon him …” [1 v.3] He was given some remarkable visions: the first is of “four living creatures” that have “human likeness.” [v.5]. There are wheels, one for each of them, “And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around.” [v.18] This is repeated in ch. 10 v.12 and our thoughts go first to Proverbs 1 v.3 “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” and then to Rev. 4 v.8, “And the four living creatures … are full of eyes all around” Let us each become so spiritually minded that we sense the “eyes of the Lord” upon us.
The first of our 3 chapters (5,6 & 7) in 2nd Corinthians is a challenge to understand but once we get the context and flow of Paul’s points into our minds, his meaning falls into place. It is those who are “not careful to” do this, who misunderstand some of his points.
Paul longs for the time when “what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” [5 v.4] But when does this happen? When will Paul and fellow believers be “at home with the Lord” ? [v.8] Verse 10 tells us, “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” This is when he returns; remember what we read in 1 Cor. 4 v.5. Those who have “done good” will then be truly “at home” – eternally.
We may also misunderstand what he means when he says “the body”! He does not say “your body” as in 1 Cor. 6 v.19, 20! We read last week in 1 Cor. 12 v.27 “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”
The body of believers must team together as being, collectively, “the body of Christ.” So let us try hard today – and every coming day to not follow the example of Jehu, but be “careful to” not only build up our own faith but also“the body of Christ.”