Day 169

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2 Chronicles 21:8-20, 2 Kings 8:23-29, 2 Chronicles 22:1-7, 2 Kings 9:1-10:17,
2 Chronicles 22:8-9, 2 Kings 10:18-31 (NLV)

Phebe Mott, MOPS Coordinator

Specifically 2 Chronicles 21:18-20
 
Let’s just say that there is no shortage of material here.  After reading these scriptures several times and letting the dust settle a bit, there was one line that I couldn’t get out of my head: “No one was sorry when he died.”  (2 Chronicles 21:20)
 
Jehoram, a descendent of King David, ruled Judah for 8 years, beginning at age 32.  He started his reign with a bang by killing his 6 brothers and marrying the daughter of King Ahab.  He then followed that up by leading his people away from God and to the worship of Baal.  Like so many rulers before him and since, he thought he could do anything he wanted to.  He grew up in the house of his father, King Jehoshaphat, so it’s likely that he was used to a feeling of entitlement that reached its climax when he later accepted his role as king.  His wife had royal blood, which I imagine only amplified the problem.  He had money, power, and his people seemed to be willing to follow him into any situation.  And yet, “no one was sorry when he died.”  One of the things I love about the bible is that there are no unnecessarily added words, and nothing left out.  “NO ONE was sorry.”  When I was little and someone was being spoken ill of, my mom used to say, “Well, don’t you know his Mama loves him.”  Not true for Jehoram, apparently.
 
Imagine your funeral.  Who will be there?  Who will shed tears? Will anyone be better for having known you?
 
“Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years.  No one was sorry when he died.  He was buried in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.”  2 Chronicles 21:20
 
What kind of a legacy will you leave?  Are there areas in your life that need refocusing?  New goals you need to be pursuing?  Let’s learn from Jehoram by concentrating less on ourselves and more on serving others, and sharing the difference Jesus has made in our lives. 
 
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  – Frederick Buechner

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6 responses »

  1. When I look at Jehu, I see someone who did most of what God called him to do… but not everything. Jehu eradicated the house of Ahab and destroyed Baal worship in Israel, but he wouldn’t give up the golden calves. He insisted on worshiping God his own way and not the way that God specified in the law of Moses.

    How often do we obey God except for one area of sin that we choose to maintain? At the judgment seat of Christ, how many of us will hear, “You did some good work on earth, but…”? May we strive to obey EVERYTHING that God requires of us.

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