2 Kings 10* Ahab's sons and Ahaziah's brethren put to death. (1-14) Jehudestroys the worshippers of Baal. (15-28) Jehu followsJeroboam's sins. (29-36)1-14 In the most awful events, though attended by the basestcrimes of man, the truth and justice of God are to be noticed;and he never did nor can command any thing unjust orunreasonable. Jehu destroyed all that remained of the house ofAhab; all who had been partners in his wickedness. When we thinkupon the sufferings and miseries of mankind, when we lookforward to the resurrection and last judgment, and think uponthe vast number of the wicked waiting their awful sentence ofeverlasting fire; when the whole sum of death and misery hasbeen considered, the solemn question occurs, Who slew all these?The answer is, SIN. Shall we then harbour sin in our bosoms, andseek for happiness from that which is the cause of all misery? 15-28 Is thine heart right? This is a question we should oftenput to ourselves. I make a fair profession, have gained areputation among men, but, is my heart right? Am I sincere withGod? Jehonadab owned Jehu in the work, both of revenge and ofreformation. An upright heart approves itself to God, and seeksno more than his acceptance; but if we aim at the applause ofmen, we are upon a false foundation. Whether Jehu looked anyfurther we cannot judge. The law of God was express, thatidolaters were to be put to death. Thus idolatry was abolishedfor the present out of Israel. May we desire that it be rootedout of our hearts. 29-36 It is justly questionable whether Jehu acted from a goodprinciple, and whether he did not take some false steps in doingit; yet no services done for God shall go unrewarded. But trueconversion is not only from gross sin, but from all sin; notonly from false gods, but from false worships. True conversionis not only from wasteful sins, but from gainful sins; not onlyfrom sins which hurt our worldly interests, but from those thatsupport and befriend them; in forsaking which is the great trialwhether we can deny ourselves and trust God. Jehu showed greatcare and zeal for rooting out a false religion, but in the truereligion he cared not, took no heed to please God and do hisduty. Those that are heedless, it is to be feared, aregraceless. The people were also careless, therefore it is notstrange that in those days the Lord began to cut Israel short.They were short in their duty to God, therefore God cut themshort in their extent, wealth, and power.
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