- Word of the Lord to Egyptians
- Word of the Lord to Moses
- Word of the Lord to Abraham
- God's Purpose
- Word of the Lord -5
- Word of the Lord - 4
- Word of the Lord - 3
- Word of the Lord - 2
- Anointing of the Holy Spirit
- Word of the Lord - 1
- Divine strength
- God’s plan in the life of Joshua
- The ministries of the resurrected Jesus
- Good Friday – Blessings that Jesus Earned on the Cross
- God Who goes before us
- God who delivers
- The blessings of God’s children
- Understanding the Will of God
- Blessings of Isaac
- God who gives victory
In the above passages, we see the history of Jonadab the son of Rechab. We read about the zeal of Rechabites. When we read book of Judges 1:16 ‘And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law..’ we can understand that Rechabites are the children of the Kenite, Jethro who was Moses’s father in law. These are the tribes that were non-Israeli nomads who entered the promise land along with Israel. When these non-Israeli groups reflected a great zeal and integrity attracted God to bless them. Today let us meditate the lifestyle of Rechabites and how it paved the way for all the blessings in their lives.
Here we see the Lord puts forth a practical training for Jeremiah. He asks Jeremiah to give them wine to drink. The Lord wanted to teach a lesson to Israelites using this family as a role model. We see the Lord knew that the Rechabites will not drink wine but still commands Jeremiah to offer them to drink. But they politely refused. We read in Jeremiah 35:6-7 ‘ ’ In this passage we read about Jonadab who was a righteous man in his father Rechab’s lineage. The name Jonadab refers to Jehovah is willing. Jonadab had advised his generation not to drink wine at any cost.
In the scripture, we only see Rechab’s name mention and no other details concerning the life of Jonadab. The life of Jonadab exceeded his father Rechab by leading a holy life. This was the reason why he was blessed greater than his forefathers. The lifestyle of Jonadab impacted his entire descendants to live for God and his name was established. The Rechabites refusal of taking the wine becomes a lesson to the Israelites. The Lord expects our lives to be an example/role model to other people’s lives. We should exceed our forefathers in living a holy life and be an example for those around us.
We see the command of father Jonadab was followed generation after generation. This refers to the reverence / Godliness of the family. They obeyed their forefathers as well as the Lord God. In Jeremiah 35:14 ‘’ Even though the father had perished, the descendants preserved his commandments without any slippage. This reverence and determination becomes a life lesson to Israelites. One man’s reverence inspired generations to live a holy life and to please God. The Lord acknowledges Jonadab’s reverence and honored him. In Jeremiah 35:8 ‘’ The entire family / clan obeyed and adhered to the command of their forefathers. The passage clearly explains that each and every member in the family obeyed and showed reverence to their father Jonadab.
Here we see the Lord shares his testimony concerning the family. The Lord himself testifies saying how they obeyed the commandments of Jonadab and kept his precepts. This signifies that the Lord keenly watches and remembers how each person in a family lives their lives. It is our duty to lead a holy life like Jonadab and raise our families in a holy manner. Today, we the children of God should walk with the testimony in front of God and man. We should receive a good testimony from the Lord himself.
In the above passage we see the holy life of one man Jonadab, blesses his entire lineage. The Lord blessed Jonadab saying that this generation will always stand before him. We the children of God should gain the testimony from the Lord by adhering the commandments of our fathers. We should form a generation that never departs from the Lord. We must make it a point to pass on holy commandments to our generations like Jonadab. Amen.