The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 5 June 2023 – Zeal For God’s Work
TOPIC: Zeal For God’s Work
READ: 2 Kings 10:1-17 (KJV)
1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab’s children, saying,
2 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master’s sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armour;
3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master’s sons, and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.
4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand?
5 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.
6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master’s sons, and come to me to Jezreel by to morrow this time. Now the king’s sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up.
7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.
8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.
9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these?
10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the Lord, which the Lord spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the Lord hath done that which he spake by his servant Elijah.
11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
12 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing house in the way,
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13 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, Who are ye? And they answered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen.
14 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them.
15 And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.
16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord. So they made him ride in his chariot.
17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the Lord, which he spake to Elijah.
In fulfilling God’s prophecy to punish the house of Ahab for their wickedness, Jehu – an army commander – was raised by God and anointed king of Israel. From our today’s text, Jehu carried out God’s mandate with great zeal as was the case with young David when he confronted Goliath at the valley of Elah (1 Samuel 17). Without zeal, it would be difficult to carry out divine mandate especially in our contemporary world. Zeal for the Lord empowers. It strengthens a man unto commitment, casting out fear, doubts and all the trappings of the world’s pleasure and enabling the man stay focused on divine assignment. Jesus stated that, the “zeal for your house has consumed me” (Psalm 69:9).
There are many who have zeal, but without knowledge (Romans 10:2). Do you have zeal for the things of God? Like Jehu, do you pursue after God and are you committed to fulfilling His calling upon your life? Jehu was committed to the word of the Lord being fulfilled through him. His zeal was guided by the Word. He was a man of action. He was not numbed by any fear. Child of God, do not fear or hold back! Move courageously and God will grant you victory.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please fill me with the zeal to fulfil Your mandate upon my life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.