Jehu had a mixed legacy as king of Israel. On one hand, he fulfilled God’s will in destroying the house of Ahab, for which he was commended. God told him that because of this, his dynasty would last four generations. (II Kings 10:30).
But unlike the promises he had made to other kings, namely David and Solomon, God did not promise a lasting dynasty. Why not? Perhaps because he saw the heart of Jehu.
In chapter 9, you see that Jehu didn’t particularly take his anointing seriously until the men with him pledged themselves to him as king. In fact, it seems very much as if his actions came more from a desire for power than from a reverence for God. God’s anointing and the prophesy made over him just gave him justification for his actions. He would then use this justification time and again in these two chapters.
As well as killing off Ahab’s family, Jehu also killed Ahaziah king of Judah, and a number of Ahaziah’s relatives. Not only that, he killed off Ahab’s chief men and close friends. God never commanded any of this, and it was perhaps for these actions that God pronounced judgment on Jehu in Hosea 1:4.
But beyond this, he showed that his actions weren’t purely out of his love for God because while he destroyed Baal worship in Israel, he continued the sins of Jeroboam, the worship of the two golden calves.
What about you? What are your motives as you live your life? Are you motivated by your love for God and your desire to serve him? Or are you motivated by your own selfish desires. You may be doing the right things, and may even be praised by others for your actions. But if your heart isn’t right, you gain nothing before God who sees your heart.
Let us never serve God or do anything else for our own selfish gain. Rather, let us make God king in our lives, and do everything for his glory.
As Paul wrote,
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)