Saturday, November 13, 2021

Useful But Not Acceptable

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1 Kings 19:15-17 (KJV) “And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

During Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, he'd rode on an ass and the multitude of his disciples went ahead of him singing, shouting, and chanting “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest" (Luke 19:38 KJV). Some Pharisees however tried to stop them, saying to Jesus, “Master, rebuke thy disciples" (Luke 19:39 KJV). Jesus responded saying, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out" (Luke 19:40 KJV).

If the men had held their peace at the instance of the pharisees' demand, the stones around would have been useful, at least for a season. There are many who are serving God and having great results yet God is not pleased with them. God is using them just the way he would have used the stones in today's story.

One of such was Jehu, who perfectly carried out God's intentions. He fulfilled the prophecy regarding the death of Ahab, Jezebel, and their children; he totally annihilated them (2 Kings 9:22-37; 10:1-11), destroyed the worshippers of Baal (2 Kings 10:18-27) and “destroyed Baal out of Israel" (2 Kings 10:28), but himself was not acceptable to God.

See what was recorded concerning him, “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 Beth-el, and that were in Dan. And the Lord said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel. 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" (2 Kings 10:29-31 KJV).

I believe you don't want to end like Jehu, I, therefore, admonish you to examine yourself to see if you are truly acceptable to God.

Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV). Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

Bible in 1 Year: II Chronicles 16-20 (In Today's Audio)

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