Is all going well for you? I was at a Castle Rock pastor’s prayer time this morning. Someone asked how our churches are going and what kinds of things we were doing to encourage our community of believers into holiness. Can I just say how very proud of you all I am? Some were so taken back by the fact that many of you would give up food or sweets or TV or computers or facebook or alcohol for any length of time, let alone for 21 days. Then to top it off, for you to be reading the whole Bible in 90 days. We are part of a good thing Saints. Stay at it. Keep your hands on the plow moving forward.
Were any of you as puzzled today by the story of Jehu as I was? He is anointed king of Israel by Elisha and is commanded to rid the country of anything to do with Ahab and his family. We know they are scoundrels. They want to change the religion from their brand of Judaism to Baalism. Then he says, “Come with me and see my zeal for the Lord.” Here is where it got odd, 10:18, “Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu weill serve him much.” What?! Whose side is Jehu on? He then packs a Baal temple with Baal priests, gives them new robes, and as they were trying them on (my addition), Jehu snuck outside, ordered the doors locked, and sent dudes in to annihilate them all. I had to read through it all a couple of times. As it turns out, Jehu pulled a fast one on them. He deceived them all. Interesting stuff.