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June 2010
Daily Devotions Reference List:
(Click here to view the daily devotions)

(6/1) 1 Samuel 16:14, 23
(6/2) Malachi 3:6-7
(6/3) John 3:30
(6/4) Ephesians 2:1-3
(6/5) Proverbs 7:23, 27
(6/6) Psalm 19:7-11
(6/7) Genesis 16:1-4
(6/8) 1 Samuel 17:10-11
(6/9) Malachi 3:8-9
(6/10) John 4:9-10
(6/11) Ephesians 2:8-9
(6/12) Proverbs 8:1-11
(6/13) Psalm 19:12-14
(6/14) Genesis 16:11-12
(6/15) 1 Samuel 17:24, 26
(6/16) Malachi 3:8-9
(6/17) John 4:25-26
(6/18) Ephesians 2:14
(6/19) Proverbs 8:12-21
(6/20) Psalm 20:7-9
(6/21) Genesis 17:5
(6/22) 1 Samuel 17:36-37
(6/23) Malachi 3:11-12
(6/24) John 4:48
(6/25) Ephesians 3:8
(6/26) Proverbs 8:22-31
(6/27) Psalm 22:1, 4, 6-8
(6/28) Genesis 17:16-17
(6/29) 1 Samuel 17:45-46
(6/30) Malachi 3:13-15

Note: This is subject to change.

Daily Devotion Topic Schedule:
Sun - Psalms
Mon - Early History
Tue - Later History
Wed - Prophecy
Thu - Gospels
Fri - Paul's Letters
Sat - Proverbs
Life Lessons from Jehonadab
"A Father's Integrity"

Chances are, you have heard little or nothing about Jehonadab. To be honest, before I started searching around for a good example of a father from the Bible for this month's article, I really hadn't heard of him either. However, he does display several characteristics that are essential in a good father, and these particular traits may well be needed more today than ever before, as the world around us continues to decay morally.

Now when he departed from there, he met Jehonadab the son of Rechab, coming to meet him; and he greeted him and said to him, "Is your heart right, as my heart is toward your heart?" And Jehonadab answered, "It is." Jehu said, "If it is, give me your hand." So he gave him his hand, and he took him up to him into the chariot. Then he said, "Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord." So they had him ride in his chariot. - 2 Kings 10:15-16

Then Jehu gathered all the people together, and said to them, "Ahab served Baal a little, Jehu will serve him much. Now therefore, call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests. Let no one be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal. Whoever is missing shall not live." But Jehu acted deceptively, with the intent of destroying the worshipers of Baal. ... Then Jehu and Jehonadab the son of Rechab went into the temple of Baal, and said to the worshipers of Baal, "Search and see that no servants of the Lord are here with you, but only the worshipers of Baal." So they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had appointed for himself eighty men on the outside, and had said, "If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escapes, whoever lets him escape, it shall be his life for the life of the other." Now it happened, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, "Go in and kill them; let no one come out!" And they killed them with the edge of the sword; then the guards and the officers threw them out, and went into the inner room of the temple of Baal. And they brought the sacred pillars out of the temple of Baal and burned them. Then they broke down the sacred pillar of Baal, and tore down the temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump to this day. Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel. - 2 Kings 10:18-19, 23-28

Jehonadab aided Jehu in this endeavor, and both were fiercely determined to stand up for what was right. Many of the Israelites had strayed and begun to worship idols such as Baal, and they desperately wanted to take a stand for the Lord. With Jehu's leadership, Jehonadab helped to destroy many of the worshipers of Baal and then destroyed Baal itself, helping to guide people back to the Lord in the process. This could not have been an easy task, but he knew what was right and he refused to back down from the truth.

We need more people like that in today's world, and we especially need more fathers like that. Many men are content to follow the ways of the world; some have even gotten the sadly mistaken idea that "I'm too cool to go to church." We need men who will stand up and be good Christian leaders and good Christian fathers. In this story, Jehonadab could have decided to tolerate those who worship Baal. He wasn't worshiping the idol, so why worry about what everybody else does? That's a common mindset we find today. But he loved his fellow Israelites enough and he was committed to God's truth enough to take a stand for God and to work to bring them back to Him.

But they said, "We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, You shall drink no wine, you nor your sons, forever. You shall not build a house, sow seed, plant a vineyard, nor have any of these; but all your days you shall dwell in tents, that you may live many days in the land where you are sojourners. Thus we have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, or our daughters, nor to build ourselves houses to dwell in; nor do we have vineyard, field, or seed. But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us. - Jeremiah 35:6-10

This took place some 240 years after Jehonadab (or Jonadab, as it is spelled here) was alive on this earth. Jehonadab had such integrity and such zeal for the Lord that his children were still following his commands several generations later. This was a man who clearly taught his family and descendents the difference between right and wrong. The following is a quote I found about Jehonadab and his influence as well as how we can apply it to our lives today, which is better than what I could have written about this man:

"God sent Jeremiah to test obedience one more time by putting wine before them and they all refused. They were crusty, old curmudgeons like their great-great-grandad, Jehonadab. Christians ought to re the proper use of the word "no" before we are all swept away by the next wave of modernity and compromise which will surely confront us. Jehonadab wanted to assure that his family could survive the changes in Israel that would inevitably come when the nation was destroyed. He took measures thatwould permanently set them apart. They were to live differently than those around them. They were to maintain moral purity; hence no wine, and they were to remain a nomadic people, building no houses and planting no vineyards. We would say today that he was old fashioned and behind his times. In reality, he was ahead of his times, preparing his family for the tragedy to come upon their nation in a few short years. Many other families didn't survive because they had been living the "good life." Jehonadab's clan did survive and moved on because they believed the word of the Lord through the prophets and made necessary plans. He wanted his family to be separated believers. What should the modern Christian do to follow his example? When we blend in with the culture of the world, testimony for Christ may disappear altogether. Home schooling and Christian schooling would fit the example. Demanding a pure and moral life for our children would be like Jehonadab, as would teaching them to avoid worldly influences and preferring a simple life." (source cited below)

We need more fathers to stand up for God just like Jehonadab did if we want to combat the evil that surrounds us in this culture. If you are a father, when is the last time you took a strong stand for the Lord? Be very careful to guard your children from the evil that is so common in our culture today. Give them a good example to follow by taking active leadership roles in your church and live the way God wants you to live the rest of the week as well. Teach them to do what is right and to follow the Lord, and work to keep even seemingly small evil influences out of your home and away from your children.

The quotation as well as other ideas in this article came from the following website, which goes into even more detail about Jehonadab, perhaps the Bible's greatest father: http://www.exodusmandate.org/art_jehonadab.htm