2 Kings 10

Prayer

Our merciful heavenly Father, grant us Your measure of grace this day to carefully observe all that You command us out Your Word. Grant us to love You with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to walk in all Your ways that Christ would be glorified.

Today’s Hymn

Carl C. Boberg

Words: Carl G. Boberg, in Mönsterås-Tidningen, 1886 (O Store Gud); translated from Swedish to English by Stuart K. Hine: This hymn took a circuitous route to reach its present form in English. A generation after Boberg wrote the Swedish original, the words were translated into German in 1907, and quickly became popular in Germany. In 1927, the German version was translated into Russian, and Hine, a missionary in the Ukraine, heard it. He began the English translation some time later while in Carpathia, later adding the second and third verses, which contained much of his own original thought. Verse four came from Hine's pen in 1948, and, in leaf­let form, the hymn came to the attention of George Beverly Shea during the Billy Graham Crusade of 1954. After that, it became a favorite through­out the English speaking world.

HOW GREAT THOU ART
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O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Refrain

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Refrain

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Refrain

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, “My God, how great thou art!”

Refrain

Optional extra verses:

3a. O, when I see ungrateful man defiling
This bounteous earth, God’s gifts so good and great,
In foolish pride God’s holy name reviling
And yet, in grace, his wrath and judgment wait:

3b. When burdens press, and seem beyond endurance,
Bowed down with grief, to him I lift my face,
And then in love he brings me sweet assurance,
“My child! for thee sufficient is my grace”

Thought Provoker

It is common for parents to remind their children to be careful. Parents do this to safeguard their children’s well-being by warning them of things they need to avoid to prevent harm, or things they need to do to assure well-being. I remember always being told to “be careful” when I was crossing the street. My parents taught me to look both ways and listen carefully for traffic before crossing. One day while playing I ran across the street for a ball without looking. I ran right in front of an on-coming police car whose driver was being careful. He was able to stop and I was not hurt, at least by the car. My father’s discipline however was painful, and instructive, as I never did that again. Discuss as a family what happens when we are not careful to keep God’s Word with all of our heart. Does our heavenly Father discipline us to promote our well-being?

Dad’s Study

In 2 Kings 10 the judgment God had pronounced on the house of Ahab (in 1 Kings 13 and 21) is brought to fulfillment. God uses Jehu as His instrument in slaying every male descendant of the house of Ahab, including his seventy sons, his friends, his priests and his great men. The Word of God tells us that, “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. Psalm 111:7).”

Jehu shows great zeal in carrying out the commission he received from Elisha’s servant when he was anointed king. He not only struck the house of Ahab as he had been specifically commanded, but he also showed insight into understanding what some of their sins were that caused them to be the recipients of God’s judgment. He understood that the Lord was making the house of Ahab like that of Jeroboam and Baasha because they had turned from the Lord, worshipped idols, and provoked the Lord with their sin. He therefore eradicated Baal worship from Samaria. He showed great cunning in how he lured the Baal worshippers out into the open in a way that he could identify them and separate them from the servants of the Lord.

Jehu was commended by God for executing what was right in God’s eyes and carrying out all that He desired concerning the house of Ahab. However, he fell short in reformation since he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam concerning the golden calves. God was merciful and did not bring complete judgment in his day but let his sons sit on the throne for four generations. There were, however, immediate consequences to this sin as Israel started losing territory to the nations around them. All that had been conquered and consolidated throughout the history of Israel from the time of Joshua until Solomon was now being torn from Israel part by part.

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Truth in Practice

1. Reformation and repentance

There is a lesson concerning reformation and repentance in the life of Jehu. When God shows us from His Word and by His Spirit that we are to turn from sin or reform our practice we must do so with a whole hearted obedience. Jehu’s sin was that he, “…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.” 2 Kings 10:31b. God has called us to forsake our former ways of sin and walk in holiness loving Him with a whole heart.

2. A clear testimony

We must walk with a clear testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jehu called the Baal worshippers to their assembly he knew their might be those who would fear men more than God and go to this assembly to find favor with men. Therefore, he gave the command for the Baal worshippers to look amongst themselves and see if there were any servants of the Lord so they could be excluded and thus not destroyed. There are two lessons for us here; first we must fear God not men. Regardless of what the popular majority stands for in false religion, we must separate ourselves and remain faithful to Christ. We must not be part of a solemn assembly to Baal. Secondly, if those who worship false Gods around us were commanded to identify the servants of the Lord would they be able to clearly identify you as a follower of Jesus Christ based on your walk and testimony?

Catechism

Question 37

Q. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection

A. At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory (1 Cor. 15:43), shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment (Mt .10:32), and made perfectly blessed both in soul and body in the full enjoying of God (1 John 3:2) to all eternity (1 Th. 4:17).