Careful scrutiny of the scriptures must be followed in order to discern who Rechab and the Recabites were so as to gain the knowledge of them. The nethinim kenite scribes were hard at work trying to keep the reader of YHVH'S word confused by naming their offspring with names sounding similar to the Israelites (just as Cain's offspring were named with similar sounding names with Adam and Seth's offspring and also read Jeremiah 1:1 compared to Jeremiah 35:3. Notice the names of the two Jeremiah's fathers. And yes it was done on purpose on both accounts, if you think I am in error, you obviously don't realize just who the controversy is between, how deep rooted it is and how long it has been going on.)
We first turn to the Strong's to find the Hebrew name in the Hebrew dictionary: Rechab in the Strong's is Hebrew word number #H7394 Rekab - From 7392; rider; Rekab, the name of two Arabs and two Israelites - Rechab., now let's look at #H7392 Rakab - A primitive root: to ride (on animals or in a vehicle) on horseback or in a chariot., and now let's see the Rechabites in the Strong's is Hebrew word number #H7397 Rekah - probably feminine from H7401; softness; Rekah, a place in Palestine - Rechah.
#H7401 Rakak - A primitive root; to soften, to be or to make soft.
The first time we read of the name Rechab is in II Samuel 4:2 And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin: [4:3] And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.) [4:4] And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame at his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came ot pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth. [4:5] And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. [4:6] And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. [4:7] For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. [4:8] And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, "Behold the head of Ish-bosheththe son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed." [4:9] And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, "As the LORD liveth, Who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity, [4:10] When one told me, saying, 'Behold, Saul is dead,' thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings: [4:11] How much more, when the wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?" [4:12] And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron. -> So, these two sons of Rimmon who thought they would be pleasing to the second in line to king; YHVH'S anointed, David, but found out rather quickly, that he was not pleased and had his men kill Rechab and Baanah.
We next read of Rechab as the father of Jehonadab in II Kings 10:15 and 10:23. When as he was going to see Jehu, Jehu stops his chariot, who was on a mission from YHVH to slay all of king Ahab's baal priests and worshippers, and asks Jehonadab if his heart is right with Jehu's heart and when Jehonadab says that it is, Jehu brings him up into his chariot and continued on his way to fulfill the mission YHVH set for him to do.
Our next finding of the name Rechab brings us to a very important verse in YHVH'S word -- I Chronicles 2:55 And the families of the scribes that dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab." -> I said it was an important verse and it is because of what is stated, click on kenites and read who they were/are. Also see Jeremiah 35 below.
In Nehemiah 3:14 we find another son of Rechab, Malchiah, rebuilding the dung gate at Jerusalem when the house of Judah (the tribe of Judah, some of the Levites and the tribe of Benjamin,) were rebuilding the city. If you think, well maybe these sons of Rechab are trying with all their heart to follow YHVH. Keep reading...
We come now to a very important chapter in YHVH'S Word from the book of Jeremiah. Before we get into this chapter though, I want to add something here. It is truly sad that most Christians don't study YHVH'S word deep enough nor do they understand His word, we know this because there are many Christians out there who say, God's word says we should not drink any alcohol. No, YHVH, just like with everything else with Him, sets conditions. See Wine or Swine in the Topical Studies. Now let's continue our study, we move now to the Book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 35:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah kin of Judah, saying,
Jeremiah 35:2 "Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink." -> Father wants to show Jeremiah and us something very important here concerning these descendants of Rechab through his son Jonadab. First off, Who is it that YHVH is telling Jeremiah to bring into His house? The Rechabites, we already discussed them above. YHVH is telling Jeremiah to bring these offspring of Cain into His house and see if they will partake of wine. Will they partake of the symbolical blood of Christ? The word wine as used in this verse in the Strong's Concordance is Hebrew word number #H3196 - Yayin: pronounced yahyin; from an unused root meaning effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication intoxication; - banqueting, wine, wine [-bibber]. This is fermented wine meaning it has gone through the purification process thereby removing all the impurities.
Jeremiah 35:3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites. -> Pay attention to the names here because the Jeremiah mentioned in this verse is NOT Jeremiah the prophet, the writer of this Book because his father's name was Hilkiah as is evidenced in Jeremiah 1:1. This was done to throw the reader off, this Jeremiah is of the house of Rechab. Our Jeremiah rounded up all these Rechabites as YHVH had told him to do.
Jeremiah 35:4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door. -> Igdaliah was a prophet of YHVH because he spoke what was given him from YHVH Himself. We can compare this with I Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness., and in II Timothy 3:16 For all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [3:17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Jeremiah 35:5 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." -> Jeremiah brought them all into the LORD'S house and set out the wine and the vessels and told them to drink up.
Jeremiah 35:6 But they said, "We will drink no wine: for Joadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, 'Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons forever:" -> Our Father, Elohim, the creator of all things and peoples knew beforehand what would happen when they were offered wine to drink, that is why He had Jeremiah bring these sons of Rechab into His house, to show Jeremiah and us. Remember, they aren't out in the town somewhere, they are in His YHVH'S House and they are refusing to drink the symbolic blood of Christ.
Jeremiah 35:7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyards, 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.' -> Their father (lower case "f") told them not to build houses so that they could be vagabonds, who else was suppose to be a vagabond all the days of his life? Cain, after he murdered his brother Abel. These Rechabites are the descendants and offspring of Cain and YHVH, our Father, wants us to have this knowledge.
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 in all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; -> Notice that they obeyed they voice of their father and have not ever partaken of any wine - never partake of the Blood of Christ.
Jeremiah 35:9 Nor to build homes for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed: -> Again, just like Cain; they weren't to have no homes, no land, and they won't plant because they know the earth won't yield for them.
Jeremiah 35:10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us. -> Yes, they have listened to their father very well, haven't they.
Jeremiah 35:11 But is came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, 'Come and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians:' so we dwelt at Jerusalem." -> Yeah, they slipped right in so that they could then play like they were of the house of Judah, but, if you read Father's Word, you'll know them for who they are. Turn with me to Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; 'These things saith He That is Holy, He That is True, He That hath the key of David, He That openeth, and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth; [3:8] I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name. [3:9] Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them come and worship before thy feet,and to know that I have loved thee. -> They say they are who? Jews, and Jesus says they what? they lie. [3:10] Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. [3:11] Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. [3:12] Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name. [3:13] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches.' -> So, if you can read and understand, in other words, as Jesus says, if you can "hear" what He is saying, you now possess the key of David which opens the door (truth) to your mind and no man can now shut out the truth in His word, likewise no man can now open your mind to new (false) doctrines. For a second witness to this let's turn back one chapter to Revelation 2. Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; 'These things saith the First and the Last, Which was dead, and is alive;  I know thy works and tribulation, and poverty (but thou art rich), and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, (satan) and I will give thee a crown of life.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.' -> So, as we see, these sons of Rechab came in to dwell at Jerusalem, sadly the Israelites allowed them in and not only that but they made them the temple servants and later the scribes and later still the priests of YHVH, but they only play acting and were secretly changing Father's Word. For another witness of them being grafted into our brother Judah read "the parable of the sower" in Matthew 13:1-28, then in verses 13:29-30 Jesus tells His disciples to let them be until the time of the harvest, in other words, until the time of the end of the age. Then in verses 13:31-35 Jesus again gives more parables concerning the same subject, in verses 13:36 His disciples again ask Him to explain what the parables mean and He gives His answer in verses 13:37-43, it is the same in verses 13:44-48, with the answer supplied in verses 13:49-50.
Jeremiah 35:12 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, -> Father is going to speak to Jeremiah again.
Jeremiah 35:13 "Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; 'Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 'Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to My words? saith the LORD." -> Can you feel Father's sadness here? This obedience of the sons of Rechab to their father (again, lower case "f" - satan) is what He, our Father, the True Father wants from His children.
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 no none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking: but ye hearkened not to Me. -> Repeated for emphasis, Father's heart is breaking here. This is why He told Jeremiah to bring Jonadab's children here into His temple, to show Jeremiah and us today how well Jonadab's (and satan's) children listen to him/them, but yet the Creator of all things and people will not listen to Him.
Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent unto you also all My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, 'Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers:' but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto Me. -> Father is pleading with His children. What an utter shame and disgrace that He has to do this.
Jeremiah 35:16 Because the sons of Jonadab the sons of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this People hath not hearkened unto Me: -> Father is about to tell us what He thinks about Jonadab's children listening to their father compared to YVHV'S children listening to Him. This is how it is in the world and the United States today. The non-Christian don't love Him and even most Christians say they love Him but, it is with their lips and not their hearts (mind,) they won't take the time to study His Word to know and understand Him. Yeah they "read their bibles," but they turn to man to understand His Word and not Him, they want the milk and not the meat.
Jeremiah 35:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.''" -> The people of this country too will soon feel Father's anger, jealously and wrath.
Jeremiah 35:18 And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, "Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; 'Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: -> Here Father is about to commend these kenites for keeping their father's word and He will also make a pledge to them for their obedience.
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." -> YHVH has just told these kenites that they will always have someone to hold their lineage together so that they will fulfill the negative part of His plan. He will neither interrupt nor destroy them, and yet if one changes from the ways of satan and turns to Him, He will gladly accept them back into His fold. YHVH is also promising them that because of their faithful obedience to their father's, they will always be successful in this age of the flesh.