Come and See

And he (Jehu) said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord.  So they made him ride in his chariot.

Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.

II Kings 10:16, 28

In verse 16, Jehu tells Johonadab to “come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord.”  Verses 19 through 27 are a chronicle of Jehu exterminating Baal worship in Israel.  That brings us to verse 28, which simply says “Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.”  Jehu said he had a zeal for the Lord, and that zeal was proven and carried out as he destroyed Baal and Baal worship in Israel.

Here is the question for today: would we tell anyone to “come with us and see our zeal for the Lord?”  Of course, we probably wouldn’t actually say it like that, but the bigger question is this: can the people who are already with us and around us see our zeal for the Lord?  Are we living our lives in such a manner as to point people to Jesus?  Are we living for Him?  Or would the people around us be surprised to find out that we are Christians?  Can others see Him in us?

That is a convicting question that we need to ask ourselves every now and then.  Jehu told of his zeal for the Lord and then he went out and exterminated Baal worship.  How are we doing about “exterminating” the “Baal worship” in “our land?”  I realize that I just used quite a bit of imagery there with all the parenthesis, but I think the application is a fair one.  We all have things in our lives that shouldn’t be there.  How are we doing at destroying the sin in our lives?  How are we doing at getting rid of anything that causes us to not put our trust wholly in Him? 

Let us live our lives so that anyone around us can see the Lord.  Let us leave no question nor doubt about who we serve!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I am going through one of those times where He is talking to me through everything . . .and there are lots of tears. This post is no exception. And perhaps the cornerstone of it all! Am I living so others can see Him? Am I willing to let them into my life, confident they will see Him? Thank you Ben, for echoing His voice to me. Now I’ve got to get another tissue . . .deb


    • Thanks, Deb. I’m glad the Lord is able to use this to help someone. To maybe give you some encouragement, I did read a while back about how when we are convicted and it hurts us to think that we might be doing something wrong or not following Him closely, then we can take that as a sign that He is working in our lives and we are drawing closer to Him. The simple desire to follow Him and be like Him is half the battle. We need to worry when we don’t give these things any thought and they just don’t matter to us. God bless you as you follow Him!


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