And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:
Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.
Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:
But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us. ~~ Jeremiah 35:5-10 (KJV)
The nation of Israel has been faithless time and again. But there is one example of fidelity in the group. The sons of Rechab have done as their forefather, Jonadab, commanded – for generations. They have remained true to the instruction of a man. The nation of Israel has not remained true to the edicts of the Lord God Almighty.
Jonadab told his descendants that they were not to live in houses or plant fields. And they were never to drink wine. So they lived a nomadic life, in tents, and always sober. Things had gone well for them.
When wine was set before them, they refused it.
How often do we accept the things set before us without judging whether it is what the Lord would have us partake of or not?
We live in a world where we are bombarded with images. Some of them are most unwholesome. Nudity, violence, and greed are displayed as desirable. In the original garden it was a fruit.
When we see things, we are tempted to want them. If we see them often enough and want them badly enough, we figure a way to get them. And we do this even when they are things the Lord has told us to avoid.
The only way to remain faithful to the Lord is to keep our eyes on Him – at all times – in all circumstances.
Grant that we may always keep our eyes on You, remaining faithful to Your precepts to the end of our days.In Jesus’ most precious name.