Who was Jehu in the Bible?
Jehu had the basic qualities that could have made him a great success. From a human perspective he was a successful king. His family ruled the northern kingdom longer than anyone. God used Jehu as an instrument of punishment to Ahab’s evil dynasty and he fiercely attacked Baal worship. Jehu came very close to becoming God’s kind of king, but he recklessly went beyond God’s commands and failed to follow through on the obedient actions that began his reign. Within the sight of victory, Jehu settled for mediocrity.
Jehu was a man of immediate action but without ultimate purpose. His kingdom moved, but its destination was unclear. Jehu eliminated one from idolatry, Baal worship, only to uphold another by continuing to worship golden calves Jeroboam had set up. He could have accomplished much for God if he would have only been obedient to the God who made him king. Even when he was carrying out God’s directions, Jehu’s style showed that he was not fully aware of who was directing him.
God gives each person strengths and abilities that find their greatest usefulness only under God’s control. Outside of that control, our abilities don’t always accomplish what then should and often become tools for evil. One way to assure that this doesn’t happen is to tell God of your willingness to be under His control and guidance. With God, your strengths and abilities will be used for their greatest potential and for the greatest good.
Have you asked God to take charge of your strengths and abilities? Do you know God? Do you know Jesus?
Are you certain that you are going to heaven? If the answer is no or your not really sure and there is something stirring inside you at this very moment to do this, then all you have to do is say a small prayer and you can be assured of your name being added to the Book of Life. Go to the prayer of salvation and pray the words out loud and believe in your heart and you will be saved.
Jehu’s story is told in 1 Kings 19:16 – 2 Kings 10:36. He is also mentioned in 2 Kings 15:12; 2 Chronicles 22:7 – 9 and Hosea 1:4, 5
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