In the words of John “Hannibal” Smith, “I love it when a plan comes together”…But did it?
The plan was rather simple, annihilate the thrown of King Ahab. Harsh much? Yes, but this had been prophesied to Ahab for the idolatry he had permitted during his reign as king, even though it appears he may have had reconciliation with the Lord before his death. How was this plan going to be attempted? By summoning the young warrior Jehu who would act on God’s behalf. Jehu was skilled with the bow, as well as leading his men with remarkable strength and cunning, so this mission was going into the hands of a well abled individual. In the chapters of 2 Kings 9 and 10, we see that he and his men are responsible for the deaths of 2 kings, the infamous and despicable queen Jezebel, Ahab’s 70 sons, as well as many other kin to Ahab. Like I said, he was well capable of seeing this mission down to the very triumphant end. Plus, along the way he looked to God’s will to be done by stating, “Come with me and see my zeal for the LORD” (10:16). Not only that, he even planned a successful mission to bring down the worshippers of Baal in the land. Jehu was quite a guy, with quite a mission. Wouldn’t it be nice to say “the end” at this point, and be done with this inspiring story? Alas, what follows for the mighty Jehu is going to be incredibly unfortunate.
I may be naïve, but one would think at this point that young Jehu would be incredibly on fire for God and His way. I mean, just look at all he accomplished, accompanied by a high-five worthy attitude. But stupid, stupid, stupid Jehu was just getting started I suppose. According to 10:31, “But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel sin.” We can go on to see that, while he destroyed the followers of Baal, he was unwilling to tear down the golden calves built by the kings of the past. In fact, he left them in tact in order to continue in worship to these idolatrous statues. Oh Jehu, you were this close (*showing a narrow space in between my fingers*) to being a truly Godly leader, but instead you followed your desires, and forsook the way of your Lord.
Jehu shows us one unfortunate truth, it is possible to be a “good person” who does “good things,” but still be unwilling to dedicate yourself to the Creator of the universe. Another unfortunate truth is that many of us, whether we would like to claim it or not, are very much in the same boat as Jehu. It is so easy to be preoccupied in doing good Christian deeds in life (feeding the homeless, not lying or cheating, being a law abiding citizen, helping those in need, etc.), that we don’t seek a relationship with God. You see, if we truly sought a relationship with God, we would be drawn and compelled to fulfill the good deeds that He wants for us. But if we somehow viewed these good deeds as our “ticket to heaven”, and not see that what He wants is our love for Him, than we have missed the big picture. We should abide by the words that Paul said to those on Mars Hill when letting them know what God wants from us, “that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist…” (Acts 17:27-28a).