Jehu was one of the kings of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. I want to talk about his reformation, not his restoration.
When you think of Christian history, there is the reformation that ook place int he 16th century. It was intended to refrom the Catholic church. It started with Martin Luther and others like him. They sought to reform the Catholic church to it's former ways, with a theory of 95 thesis. They never had any intention of restorming the church to the new testament church that Christ began.
- 1 Kings 12:25-33
In the Northern Kingdom, there was not one single king who sought to follow God's law in the way He had intended. There were a few in the southern kingdom of Judah, but none int he norhtern kingdom.
The first king, Jeroboam, thought that if the people continued to go to Jerusalem to worship, their hearts may realize that they were intended to be one kingdom under Rhehoboam.
Therefore, he began to set up idol worship in Bethel, and Dan prients, and altars which he had made.
Thus he made a new form of religion, using two forms of calf worship. He modeled it after the worship of the Israelites. But, his was a shadow of the true religion, and he led them into idolatry.
- 1 Kings 15:25-31
Because of Jeroboam's sin, the nation was taken away from his sin. Yet, the kings that followed him followed after his evil. God took away the kingdom from Baasha the same way that He had taken away the kingdom from Jeroboam.
- 1 Kings 16:1-4
- 1 Kings 16: 18-19
We move onto Omri and Ahab. Ahab moves from the false idols which Jeroboam built and expanded into the worship of Baal.
It is during this time we are introduced to the prophet Elijah.
Elijah's Mission to Annoint Jehu to be King
Elijah is given a future task. To annoint Hazael king over Syria, Jehu King over Israel, and to establish Elisha as his predecessor.
- 1 Kings 19:15-19
- 1 Kings 22:51-53
- 2 Kings 1:16,17
- 2 Kings 3:1-7
Jehoram got rid of the worship of Baal. But, he did not tear down the idols at Dan and Bethel. He does a little better, but continued to follow Jeroboam.
Elijah then, beegins to do the mission God sent him on.
- 2 Kings 9:1-10
God Gives a Commission to Jehu
He was to utterly destroy the house of Ahab and his descendents because of their sins.
- 2 Kings 9:14-20
Jehu, was the captian of the guard. And, he was well-known. He struck Jehoram, and Ahaziah King of Judah, the grandson of Ahab and Jezebel, who supported Ahab and His ways. Then, Jehu went to find Jezebel to destroy her.
He did exactly as the Lord had told him to do. Jezebel was under the just punishment of God.
Jehu had great zeal for the word of the Lord, in wiping out the family of Ahab killed. He went on to be established as king over Israel.
He went on to put away Baal worship.
He had great zeal for the word of the Lord. He reformed idol worship. But, he failed to reform them back to the worship that was in place before the calf worship of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
- 2 Kingss 10:29
At this point, Baal worship had been in place for over 100 years. Perhaps he thought since it was in place so long it would help him to retain the political advantage keeping the people int he north instead of letting them to worship in Jerusalem.
- 2 Kings 10:30-32
God told him because he did take away the house of Ahab, and had obeyed that word, his descendents would follow him for four generations. But, following that, his house would lose the kingdom.
How Jehu's Reformation Applies to Us
- 1 Corinthians 10:6
What was Jehu's advantage in keeping calf worship?
- 1 Corinthians 10:11,12
We've got to make a complete restoration in our life.
Becoming a Christian involves a change in our life, a change in direction.
We have to believe that Jeuss came to save us from our sin, recognizing that our sin is what nailed Him to the cross. We must change, repent so that we no longer walk in that sin.
- James 2:10-12
It can't be a paritial change.
- Romans 6:1-3
We must die to sin, and not walk anymore in it.
We are buried in a watery grave of baptism, just as Christ was buried in agrave
We must have a transformed mind.
Jehu brought about reform. But, only to the extent that he wanted. Many Christians often will reform, but only to their own extent.
Semi reformation will not bring us to Heaven. Just like Jehu, when we only repent part way, we will be rejected.
Only a life fully given over to God will bring about salvation.
If you haven't been baptized, walking in faithfulness to God for the remission of your sins, you may do so.