Christian Pilgrim


69. Rechabites and Extra-Biblical Traditions

Jonadab the son of Rechab was in league with Jehu:

2 Kings 10:15 - "And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot."

2 Kings 10:23 - "And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only."

Jonadab commanded his house not to drink wine - an extra-Biblical commandment:

Jeremiah 35:6 - "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"

Jeremiah 35:8 - "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"

Jeremiah 35:14 - "The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me."

God blesses the keeping of such a commandment throughout the generations:

Jeremiah 35:16 - "Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me."

Jeremiah 35:19 - "Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever."

But we must note that:
(1.) This was voluntary.
(2.) It was unconnected with worship.
(3.) The contrast was between the Rechabites obeying their father in a voluntary, non-Biblical commandment, and the Israelites who had failed to obey their Father in heaven in Biblical commandments.