Devotion and the Remnants of Idolatry


Good news: God delivers us from ourselves and our sin in the person and power of the Lord Jesus.  Our daily act of worship, therefore, is to submit and surrender our bodies each day as living sacrifices to God, who has shown us mercy in Jesus…

28 So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel. 29 However, he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit—the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan.

30 The Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” 31 Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit.

32 In those days the Lord began to reduce the size of Israel.
2Kings 10:28-32

Jehu was enlisted by God through Elisha the prophet to hold the corrupt kings of Israel and Judah to account.  Jehu was obedient to his call, and the result was a cleansing of the thrones of Israel and the elimination of Baal worship in Israel.  The story is grim. It’s hard to read from a 21st century perspective.  It is the stuff of antiquity which in a modern context is very difficult to understand.

I have an ongoing difficulty with the human impacts of what I do understand as the purity of God’s name and his people, whom he called out from among the nations.  The underlying message for me is that God takes his holiness and our holiness more seriously than we ever do.  Furthermore, God’s view of holiness should influence my living more than it does.

We can see that even in Jehu’s obedience to God in his own call was incomplete.  While Jehu dealt with Baal worship, he was caught up himself in the worship of golden calves, which go all the way back to Aaron’s sin while Moses was up on the mountain receiving the ten commandments.

And so we see that even in the full obedience to God’s will and commands, among God’s greatest and most personal servants, there are remnants of waywardness and idolatry.

If Jehu cannot escape his sin nature, and king David could not in his day, and even Paul who struggled with the ball of chain of his own sinful heart, how can we stand?

We will wrestle with and against ourselves until we leave this earth to take residence in heaven.  Until we are free from our bodies, we will not be free from the bodies of death (Romans 7:24) which hold us back in our service to God.

The good news is that God delivers us from ourselves and our sin in the person and power of the Lord Jesus (Romans 7:25).  Our answer, which is a daily act of our own worship relationship with the Lord, is to follow Romans 12 in submitting and surrendering our bodies each day as living sacrifices to God, who has shown us mercy in Jesus.

Our offering ourselves and our lives to God is the only way we will walk by the Spirit and not follow the ways of Jehu…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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