Fight For Him; He will Fight for You!

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You will destroy the family of your master Ahab.
I will get revenge against Jezebel for the shed
blood of my servants the prophets and for
the shed blood of all the LORD’s servants.
Ahab entire family will die.  I will cut off every
last male belonging to Ahab in Israel, including
even the weak and incapacitated.
2 Kings 9:7-8

We continue journeying through the 9th Chapter of 2 Kings.  The 7th & 8th verse feeds us with a powerful message from the Lord’s Prophet.  He instructs Jehu to “destroy the family” and then continues that He (Yahweh) would “..get revenge,” concluding that He would remove any trace of Ahab from the face of the earth.

It is first amazing that God would use Jehu in such a capacity.  The initial battle we see for Good and evil is a show down of prophets, Yahweh against Baal, with God emerging victorious for all the world to see.  Yet in still, Jezebel and Ahab stay the course of disobedience, while God’s prophets, though victorious regroup.  We find Elisha now at the helm, but not squaring off with King and Queen.  This time, God sends a soldier!  A man of War!

Point One:
Listen to the Prophet & Be Obedient His message.

Ahab and Jezebel had a change!  Yes, the first attempt was to bring peace through his prophet, by a word of correction and redirection.  Though many false prophets lost their lives, they King and Queen were left in place with a choice to make.  But once the two remained in rebellion, God prepares a bold warrior to walk into the face of disgrace and restore honor to the throne. justice

Has God sent you a message?  I dare say that God is constantly speaking to us.  Be is a song, a sermon, a stranger, a servant or even a blog; God is delivering His Word to His people.  This word is designed not to destroy us, but to aide us on our journey, steering us from the wide path to the narrow path.  The question to us all, “Why remain in rebellion?”  Surely we understand that the message is not a coincident!  Ahab and Jezebel not only heard a message but had the power of God displayed and their lives spared by the eternal one, and still chose to continue in rebellion!  ARE WE NOT SIMILAR?  It is not just enough to hear the word of the prophet, we must head the word of the prophet.  It was specifically crafted for us.  Filled with medicine to open our ears that we might be able to return to favor and fruitfulness in the Kingdom.  We must Be Obedient to His Message.

I felt for Elisha after reading this.  After all his labor and sacrifice, the two targets remained with hardened hearts.  Maybe this was the back drop of the source of his depression and discouragement?    I thought of the many true prophets that stand each Sunday and reading about the rash of suicides we have seen over the last few years and felt compassion for the true warrior of the Lord.  Those whose deliver the Word as given, not catering to the tingling ears of the people or falling into this entertainment driven culture designed to make stars and disciples.  After calling fire from heaven, outrunning a chariot and slaying almost 500 false prophets, the results of his labor was continued rebellion!

Point Two
Since rebellion was there choice, God wrote and issued a resolution!  

Be it resolved, that the continued disobedience of Ahab via
corrupted by Jezebell has led to the loss of life at the hands of my
servant Jehu.  Ahab’s offspring will be removed from the earth,
while his wife will be devoured by dog’s, receiving a burial
worthy of her life on this earth.

You like I probably thought, “The Whole Family!”  As a matter of fact, he said even the “weak and incapacitated” ones.  The ones that are no threat.  The ones that can’t defend themselves.  The ones that are a non factor.  He instructs Jehu to rid the nation of any existing family members of Ahab.  They would no longer have access or be an option for the throne, nor would they be poison to the camp by spreading discord and encouraging disobedience from the people of God.

They were completely removed because they were openly disrespectful and resistant to the Lord their God!  Even as family members, we are responsible to know the God we serve.   This serves as notice to us!  We are eager to look at how God favors those who are obedient, but rob ourselves by not acknowledging that this same God is able to carry out wrath on all that choose to challenge and to mislead.  This God says that it is better to tie a millstone around your neck if you mislead his children.Jehu

Point Three:
Thy Shall Know the Lord Thy God!

This just in, you Shall Have no Other God!  That includes Kings!  His choice to disrespect and be disobedient is not justification for doing like wise.  Baal is not an option, even if Ahab and Jezebel decide to follow him.  We must declare, “As for me and my house!”  We must study to show ourselves approved!  We should try the Spirit by the Spirit.  We must hide the word in our hearts!

Each man shall be held accountable for his own actions!   Daniel highlights this clearly!  As we see with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we are held responsible first to our God and not to please our earthly Kings.  This is a pit many of us fall into.  Somehow we believe that the rule and laws placed on earth out weight what God spoken.  God’s law supersedes all rule, laws and regulations, holding us to a standard far higher than the ones set in any environment.  This standard of God should make all of us compliant, seeing as though the standard we seek is one of perfection to bring glory and honor to our Lord!

Point Four:
Remember Your Assignment

All that to conclude something very important.  God says, “You will destroy” and “I will get revenge!”  God is very detailed in this assignment, informing Jehu that his portion was not to get revenge or to act as one taking revenge, fighting the battle for, or bringing to justice Ahab or Jezebel!  That Job was the Lords!  Remember your Assignment!

Many times we can get drawn into a battle that doesn’t belong to us, immersing ourselves into circumstances, and making personal a fight that is not our own.  In these cases, we can find yourself acting or responding in the flesh; taking something that is righteous and tainting  it with our humanity.  What we consider to be just will always be marred by our emotions, flawed judgement and personal desires.

Point Five:
All In Due Time

I love that God specifies why Jezebel will reap her reward!  He says, for My Prophets & My Servants!  Anyone who stood up for righteousness!  Anyone who wouldn’t bow!  Anyone who wouldn’t compromise!  Anyone whom she devoured with her evil and wickedness!  Anyone she mistreated…….   Anyone who was for me!  If there blood was shed, I will ensure that her blood is spilled, and that she might not be matre or honored, I will deny to her a proper burial.  And as dog’s eat the scraps from the masters table, I will serve Jezebel as scraps to the dogs.

Still thinking about the person that wronged you?  All in Due Time!  God has not forgotten.  He will restore you and repay to them for making the mistake of touching the one God has laid His hands on.  You are!  We are in covenant with the Lord.  The one that touches the hair on your head without an permission will suffer at the hands of the Lord and not at your hands or even at your own expense!  God allows you to trust Him as one that carries out justice, so you don’t have to fight or lash out at those that have offended.  Smile and move on.  Know that Jehu is on the way!  If you fight for Him, He will fight for you!

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You’re King, But I AM! (2 Kings 9:6)

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So Jehu got up and went inside.  Then the prophet
poured the oil on his head and said to him,
“This is what the LORD God of Israel says,
I have designated you as king
over the LORD’s people Israel.’
2 Kings 9:6

I am continually inspired by the 9 Chapter of 2 Kings, which features Jehu, an eventual King receiving instructions and taking action.  In the 6th verse, we find key words for Jehu, ones that have been spoken in some way to each of God’s servants in some form or fashion.  The young Prophet (who is nameless) tells Jehu, “I have designated you as king over the Lord’s people Israel.”  

worship-fastYes, carefully crafted in the message delivered to Jehu is information that is key to not just becoming king, but remaining king and being effective as king.  But I fear Jehu as many before him, and many to follow, hear the first portion and not the last.  The portion that often unseats those God has chosen is forgetting who the people belong too.  Though given authority and leadership, we must all remember, “You are King, But He is God!”  Better stated,  You are king, But He I AM!  He is the one in control!  The ever existent one who places people in authority, and removes them without consultation or permission is the one that has sent to message to uninstall Ahab and install  Jehu as though they were APPs on a smart phone.  It’s just that simple!

We learn to much from the order spoken to Jehu in his calling to be King from the Prophet.  Our submission as ones in authority first comes from the one who placed us in authority, and allows us to act with authority.  Even a King is Submitted to God.  Everyone is subject to authority.  We are placed over and called to lead that which does not belong to us.  It’s not even ours on loan!  It’s not on layaway.  It’s not lead to own!  It’s not even a partnership, it’s an assignment. 

Not only do the people belong to the LORD, the King does.  Not just in title and deed, but in designation from lineage.  The King is not a contract worker waiting for a 1099.   He is an employee that God has raised from the ranks to lead His people.  Furthermore, though called out from them to be King, Jehu was one of the LORD’s people. Sometimes this is lost in the translation.  As leaders and position holders, we forget that we too are sheep (often operating without a Shepherd)!  We are just as imperfect as the people we lead, but have the responsibility of being the eyes and ears that keep the people headed towards God.  We are watchman, that feed, and protect those God has chosen, keeping them not only from danger, but in pastures that allow them go grow closer to Him.  Thus our relationship and our discipline must remain focal points, and while others might stray, it is our responsibility to remain fully submitted and obedient.

And a reminder to Jehu, and all of us; just as quick as authority is given, it can be taken.  The length of his reign, as with others, would be determined by his obedience to the LORD, not his networking with others.  As he had seen, Ahab and Jezebel had the network of networks, and were being removed from office because of their lack of dedication to the LORD and by leading the people of God astray having them worship other gods.

 

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Highlights (Proverbs 31:31)

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Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:31

In a day when the spotlight sits on everyone, many are forced to cover their eyes and hang their heads in shame, as the spotlight that used to highlights one gifts and talents, now highlights ones failures and shame.

Our culture has trained us to highlight, and bookmark the failings of those around us, choosing to define,  dismiss and destroy people for the low moments in their life.  A newsflash, none of us are perfect, and while perfection is our goal, it is most accurately described as a destination to which we have yet to arrive.

Though we haven’t arrived, the 31st and final verse of Proverbs says, “Honor her for all that her hands have done.”  The New English Translation reads, “Give her credit for what she has accomplished…”  In other words, look at all that has been accomplished by her, and celebrate it.  Highlight it in such a way that it is known by all, appreciated by all, praised by all, discussed by all.  When you encounter such a woman, you should hold her accomplishments and deeds high as a standard for all to see that the Father might get glory, and that others might seek it as she bask in it.highlighter

 Give her credit for what she has accomplished, Proverbs 31:31

We should be highlighters of one accomplishments, having great appreciation or more appreciation for what they have accomplished, and not disapprove or disrespect them for what they failed at or lack.  Enter the hater!

Our hate forever etching in stone the deeds of another, entrapping both the offender and the offended in a moment, while life passes by.  This is not what we see with the Lord!  He is constantly whiting out things, and chooses to present us as flawless, despite being very flawed.

How is it that He chooses to present us as righteous, and we choose to present each other as un-righteous?  With man, whiting out might not be possible, but highlighting is!  Highlighting allows the other text to stay, but gives the reader a focal point, making noticeable the things that should be referenced later.  We too must choose to search for the highlights in the life of others because this is what God would have us to do.

 

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“Is Everything Ok?” (Pt. 4)

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He said, “Throw her down!”
So they threw her down and,
when she hit the ground, her blood
sprayed against the wall and he horses,
and Jehu drove his chariot over her.
2 Kings 9:33

Jehu, restates to Jezebel in verse 32, I’m already a partner, under covenant agreement!  God is on my side, thus my need for you to help me obtain the throne and maintain the throne is none!  He looks not the hills, but to the window Jezebel seductively leans from and speaks not to her but the Eunuch!  I love this!  There were no more words for Jezebel!  I don’t need you!  We don’t belong together!  You will not use me!  You will not manipulate me!  I know who I am!  He is certain that He is in God’s will, and that He is working all things for His good!

He tells the Eunuchs, “Throw her down!”  Not “Bring her down!”  “Throw her down!”  I thought to myself, we need a Throw Down Spirit in our lives and in our churches!  We escort the devil around too much!  We involve ourselves with dialogue with the devil too much and allow ourselves to be convinced and persuaded by his arguments, but not Jehu!  Jehu said, “Throw her down!”  We aren’t going to play with her!  She has destroyed our church and harmed our people and our prophets!  “Throw her down!”  We must stand tall and walk in the authority that God has given us and realized, there are something we can cast out with our tongues, and others we will have to physically cast out with our strength!   There are some mountains you can cast with your faith, and others you are going to have to extend your hands and push aside!

What is great about his command to the Eunuchs is that they not only heard but they listened!  They were obedient!  He said “Throw” and the word says, “So they threw!”  Where would you be if you listened to the instructions of the Prophet?  That Word that was given to you years ago that you received as advice and not a direct order.  God said throw, and you couldn’t bring yourself the cast out the thing that was harming you!  Where would you be if you had just “threw?”   Obedience is everything!  Not only were they obedient, but they didn’t ask questions.  It is amazing how we ask a million questions when God instructs, and have immediate action when the flesh beacons!

Queen-JezebelThis was no push or even a toss!  They picked her up and with force launched her to her death!  After they “threw” her, “she hit the ground” and “her blood sprayed against the wall and the horses”  Though the focal point is the hitting and the spraying, I first thought about the fall.  When she was falling from her position, I considered all the things that need to fall in my life and those around me.  What in your life needs to be cast to the ground?  We are eager to cast our cares, but are slow on release with our strongholds!  When you “throw”, you must fully release the things in your life that are harming you so they can die!  They must fall!  And not only fall, but there blood must be spilled!  They must be sacrificed!  The life must be drained from them so they can no longer have power in God’s Kingdom!  We allow things to hang around to much, and thus we find ourselves always on the boarder of bondage!

But not Jehu!  Jehu not only watched her fall, hit, spill, but “drove his chariot over her!”  He made sure she was dead in her trespasses!  What do you need to drive over?  What is it that you have such respect for, that even in its deceased state, you hold it in high enough regard to treat it as holy or sacred?  When you identify and deal with the Jezebel in your life, don’t pay it honor, render to it what it is due!  Roll over it and display your victory and walk on in authority!  The word says after rolling over her, he sat down to eat!  And while he ate, the dogs and scavengers had their way with her body!   Praise God!  The things that God deliver us don’t deserve a proper burial, their broken strong hold should be displayed for the world to see that they might have victory and walk in power!

 

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“Is Everything Ok? (pt. 3)

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He looked up at the window and said,
“Who is on my side? Who?”
Two or three eunuchs looked down at him.
2 Kings 9:32

Probably favorite part of this passage!  Jezebel has player her hand, and quite well I might add.  She has placed all her cards on the table, and waited for Jehu to make a move!  The adversary is bold.  He plays a game, leveraging odds, often placing us in positions calling for a quick decision that will determine the match.

Jehu now knows that Kingship is within his grasp, but from Jezebels statement, understands that the Kingdom might only be his for a short spell.  Her plan is to convince him that she will work with him to control and lead the kingdom, solidifying his throne through the combination of his assignment and her influence.

Jehu pushes all his chips in the center and calls her bluff.  He says, “Who is on my side?”  Later, he might have stated, “If God be for me…” or maybe, “What God has for me..”, but in this moment he simply says, “Who is on my side?”  A question for us, “Who is on our side?”

This is something we often get confused.  Confusion is a killer of Covenant!  Clarity is key to Keeping Covenant!  The adversary, through words and appealing to our flesh is able to convince us that the one on our side is him.  And while it is true that the adversary is willing to stand by your side each step of the way, we must understand that he does not have our best interest at heart.  He is only positioning himself to steal, kill and destroy.

Queen-JezebelJehu says, “Who is on my side?”, and before Jezebel could answer, as though she would, he followed up with “Who?”  Yes, this is a rhetorical questions.  Jehu affirms to her that he is well aware that the throne is his not because she offered to help him rule in it, but because God had already given it to him.  He was King the moment God declared it to be, not the moment man acknowledged him to be what God had declared him to be!  The power to take the throne was given to him by the Lord, and not a lord!

We too must understand that God is with us.  He has sectioned off a place for you to rule, but you must walk with him into the thrones of life, and not offer the right and the left to those who will take from you the ability to rule as righteous, bringing glory and honor to the Lord.  Obtaining the throne isn’t enough, the goal is to restore the Kingdom of God to holiness and pure worship.  Too many of us are settling for the throne, and forgetting the Kingdom mission we have be assigned to!  It’s time to reset the Kingdom, and to remove the influence of Jezebel from the throne! Tear up the deals!  Break the covenants!  Walk away from the contracts!  Realign with the Lord and don’t look back!  Jehu would not look back as we will discover.

Lastly, I love that the King has placed around Jezebel, Eunuchs.  And while the goal was to keep people from accessing the resources of Jezebel, he aided the Kingdom and Jehu by having men around her that could not and would not fall for her manipulation. Her charm and physical appeal would not get a response.  And though the text says the looked down upon Jehu, it was only their physical position, because they would respond to the commands he would issue.  God placed them in position to watch Jezebel in action, without encountering her resources, so that when it was time to act, they were able to aid Jehu in his cause. We can rest assured that God will provide all of our needs.  He will place people in position that will acknowledge us, and will receive us as the man or woman of God He has called us top be.

 

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