2 Kings 10:29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.
Happy New Year! OK, this is a weird day of the year to be shouting Happy New Year, but today’s text sort of reminds me of that time of year. It’s often around the new year where we find people making resolutions. Quit eating so much, start exercising more, be a better mom, dad, brother, or sister, and the list goes on and on. Many, if not most of these resolutions fail. There are many reasons, (or excuses,) for the failures, but generally people return to their old ways sooner or later. Minor changes may stick and be somewhat beneficial. However, no lasting lifetime changes are ever recognized. That’s what we see happening in 1 Kings 10.
Jehu has completely eradicated Baal worship from the land of Israel. He slew all who worshiped Baal ,destroyed the idols of Baal, tore down the temples of Baal, and 2 Kings 10:28 says; “Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.” Before we begin the celebration of this victory over sin, we need to see what Jehu did next. He did not turn to worship God, instead Jehu leads Israel back into what he knew from Jeroboam which was calve worship. In 2 Kings 10:31 it says; “But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.” This begins the end of Israel’s occupation of the land. Replacing one sin with another sin is not progress.
Making a New Year Resolution is man helping man. However, if we want real life changes that will last, we need to include a power greater than ourselves. A real New Life Resolution includes God.
It’s not New Years,
but will you resolve today to
include God into your life more?
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