Prayer for the day
Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, for your law is my delight.
Scripture for the day
Ever had an unwelcome guest? Ever had a meeting you dreaded? Have you ever known that what was going to come was not going to be necessarily “good news” but would be something that impacted you, changed you, or required you to change? Very few of us are overly happy with change, particularly when the change is external and requires much of us.
We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t shoot the messenger.” We recognize the accuracy of this saying because we, each of us, has received news that would cause us grief, and it’s easy for us to transfer the feelings we have about the news to the one who bears the news. It’s a classic human condition.
In the story of Jehu, we see the king coming out to meet Jehu and asking if Jehu comes in peace (when we as the readers know that Jehu has come to kill him). Jehu’s answer is straightforward: ‘”How can there be peace…as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?”‘
Jehu brings unwelcome news to the king in the form of a question. His statement is that the holiness God commands is not being upheld by the current king, and that peace will only be accomplished through the rejection of the wicked practices of the king and his people.
Had the king received this news and repented, who knows what could have happened. Instead, he flees, and is killed.
Jesus came, much like Jehu, as the light, to shine in the darkness and effect true change in the people. John claims that the darkness saw the light of Jesus, but could not understand or overcome it. The people to whom Jesus came would not receive him because they couldn’t handle the news he brought or the demands of God. Instead of receiving the one who came with the good news, they slaughtered him. The messenger who was the message was crucified.
How do we receive the good news of Jesus? Do we reject it, crucify it, hide it, or run?
Do we embrace the light or shrink from it?