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Danger! Unbridled Passion      2 Kings 9:16, 21b-22; 10:15-19; 30-32      Feb. 06, 2011


Introduction 

Does a large amount of obedience make up for a few major sins. Absolutely not! Jehu obeyed God and as a warrior - commander unwaveringly eliminated many enemies of God. He earned the reputation of the man who got rid of Baal worship. But he neglected to eliminate the café idol worship established by Jereboam. A sign over him could have read, “Jezebel and Baal Eliminator” but under that the words Danger! Unbridled Passion.

 

1.   Danger! Unbridled Passion Even In . . Considerate Obedience To God. 9:16-21b-22

A.   Jehu Proceeded To Obey . . Direction from God. 9:16, 21b

16 Jehu got into his chariot and went to Jezreel since Joram was laid up there and Ahaziah king of Judah had gone down to visit Joram.. . . 21 Then Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah set out, each

in his own chariot, and met Jehu at the plot of land of Naboth the Jezreelite.


B.   Jehu Proceeded To Oppose . . Disobedience from Joram and Ahaziah. 9:22

22 When Joram saw Jehu he asked, "Do you come in peace, Jehu?" He answered, "What peace can there be as long as there is so much prostitution and witchcraft from your mother Jezebel?"


Everyone of us must watch how we deal with the power we may be given from God. God sent His prophet to anoint Jehu as king and gave specific instructions about eliminating the corruption caused by sinful leaders.

Jehu quickly killed Joram the King of Israel. Joram through marrying the pagan woman Athaliah promoted Baal worship. Then Jehu pursued Ahaziah king of Judah who walked in the way of Ahab and killed him. Jehu followed orders very well. Early in his reign one could commend him highly for his obedience.


2.   Danger! Unbridled Passion Even In . . Continued Obedience. 10:15-17

A.   Jehu Obedient As He . . Carefully Checks His Associations. 10:15-16

15 When he left there, he found Jehonadab son of Rechab coming to meet him. He greeted him and then asked, "Is your heart one with mine?" "It is," Jehonadab replied. Jehu said, "If it is, give me your hand." So he gave him his hand, and Jehu pulled him up into the chariot with him. 16 Then he said, "Come with me and see my zeal for the Lord!" So he let him ride with him in his chariot.

 

B.   Jehu Obedient As He . . Complies with the Word Of God. 10:17

17 When Jehu came to Samaria, he struck down all who remained from the house of Ahab in Samaria until he had annihilated his house, according to the word of the Lord spoken to Elijah.


The ability of Jehu as a warrior commends him. He took care of business. He sets a good example in personally checking out Jehonadab before allowing him to join him. Jehonadab proved to be a zealous supporter. Sometimes unchecked associates cause trouble that could be eliminated with a good questioning. Jehu in complying with the word of God did not dilly dally around he pursued all of the followers of Ahab

and annihilated them. Why did God want these people eliminated? He wanted them done away with because they led His people astray. How would similar action be received today?


3.   Danger! Unbridled Passion Even In . . Convoluted Obedience. 10:18-19

A.   Convoluted In . . Distorting The Truth. 10:18

18 Then Jehu brought all the people together and said to them, "Ahab served Baal a little, but Jehu will serve him a lot.


B.   Convoluted In . . Deception of The Truth. 10:19

19 Now, therefore, summon to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests. None must be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal. Whoever is missing will not live." However, Jehu was acting deceptively in order to destroy the servants of Baal.


       Jehu’s successes in obedience led to him make decisions without further consultation with God or His prophet. The statement power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely might fit in this context. To some what Jehu did might be a small matter but it represents doing the Lord’s work in the method of the Devil. Some would say the method worked very well and all the Baal worshipers and their temple have been destroyed. The old idea the end justifies the means, could be suggested by some. God did not suggest this scheme and we may have seen something very ingenious if God had been consulted.

 

4.   Danger! Unbridled Passion Results In . . Confining Obedience To God. 10:30-32

A.   The Mercy of God . . Rewards In Spite of Confining The Truth. 10:30

30 Nevertheless, the Lord said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in My sight and have done to the house of Ahab all that was in My heart, four generations of your sons will sit on

the throne of Israel."


B.   The Justice of God . . Restrains Because of Confining The Truth. 10:31-32

31 Yet, Jehu was not careful to follow with all his heart the law of the Lord God of Israel. He did not turn from the sins that Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit. 32 In those days the Lord began to reduce the size of Israel. Hazael defeated the Israelites throughout their territory: HCSB


       The Lord’s mercy is truly amazing. He recognized the times of obedience from Jehu and rewarded him by blessing his next Four generations. We all want good things for our offspring. I am proud of my children and grandchildren. I don’t have a great grand child yet but have suggested the name Jimmy for the great grand child on the way. Has God’s mercy blessed the generations coming after you? Along with God’s mercy we must look for His justice. The actions of Jehu caused the future of Israel to be reduced. We must all be careful

and aware of this fact, Danger! Unbridled Passion. Amen? Amen!