The other day, my husband sent me an article from Relevant magazine, talking about how archaeologists recently found an ancient toilet installed in an alter room, surrounded by smashed idols and cult figures. What good timing! We read about that exact story in today’s chapters. You can read more about it here, it’s pretty interesting. I love when physical evidence of the Bible’s truth shows up.
But you know what they didn’t find, smashed up with the other idols? Golden calves. We read in 10:29 that Jehu did not have them destroyed when he turned the temple of Baal into a public toilet. My Bible notes that this was probably a political move; he didn’t want people leaving his land to travel to the rival southern kingdom to worship their golden calves once he destroyed the ones in the northern kingdom.
“But Jehu did not obey the Law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all of his heart. He refused to turn from the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit.” 10:31
Jehu strongly denounces the sins of others, while excusing the sin in his own life.
Jesus famously refers to this as seeing a speck in someone else’s eye, all while a log is gouged in your own eye. Sometimes I’m capable of this because I’m wildly in denial about my own sin. But mostly this happens because I’m terribly aware of my own sin, and therefore seeing it easily in others.
These chapters remind me that God does not call us to partial obedience, and simply identifying sin is happening doesn’t cut it.
Is there sin in people’s lives that you’re focusing on, when you should be evicting it from your own?