Jehoshaphat Appoints Judges

2 Chr 19:1-11

Man at his best is still man, and apart from Christ, we see no man without any flaws.

When Jehoshaphat returned from the war he went with Ahab, Jehu, the seer, went to him and admonished him. His fault was that he was helping the ungodly and loved them that hated God. For this reason, God’s wrath would be upon him. However because of the other good things Jehoshaphat had done in taking away the groves for idol worshipping, and setting his heart to seek God, the judgement was tempered.

We later read that Jehoshaphat went through Judah and set judges throughout the land. He charged them to be careful how they judge, as the judge for God and not man. He also appointed Levites to judge controversies in Jerusalem, and to ensure the people do not break God’s laws, and attract his wrath.

Jehoshaphat indeed had a heart for God, always seeking and trying to do what was right for the name of the Lord, and seeing to it that others also follow in God’s statutes and laws. God is still looking for such men today, will you be available?

Some verses to remember

vs 9:  And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

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Jehoshaphat joins Ahab in Battle

2 Chr 18:1-34

Jehoshaphat the king of Judah visited Ahab, and Ahab along with his servants decided that they should take Ramoth Gilead from the Syrians. He invited Jehoshaphat to come along with him in the battle, but the king of Judah was interested in knowing what God thought about the war.

So, Ahab gathered up to four hundred prophets together, and they all prophesied that the king should go ahead that God would deliver to him Ramoth Gilead. I am not sure exactly what Jehoshaphat saw, but it was as though he could sense there was something wrong somewhere, so he asked Ahab if there were still no other prophets of the Lord. AT this point Ahab admitted that there was one he had omitted, by the name Micaiah, because he always prophesied evil against him. Is it not amazing how we listen for only what we want to hear as opposed to the truth. Ahab was contented to have false prophets so far their declarations were in his favour.

Eventually, Micaiah was summoned, and though he initially went along with the other prophets, at further demand by the king, he made him to know the truth that had been decided in the spiritual realms. God had allowed a false, lying spirit to deceive the other prophets in order to bring judgement on Ahab. It was like a self-fulfilling prophesy, despite this truth Ahab still went ahead to battle, locking Macaiah in till his return.

The king however did not return, he was smitten in battle by the bow of an unnamed man, and by evening he was dead from the wound, with blood all over his chariot. Though Jehoshaphat was in the same battle, and even disguised like the only king, his own life was spared when he cried out to God.

Who are you listening to? What are you listening to? The truth or deceptive lies that bring about destruction? Watch-out!

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The Peaceful Reign of Jehoshaphat

2 Chronicles 17: 1-19

You are welcome back! You might have been wondering why we have had no new post for a while? The reason is not far-fetched. Most of the history highlighted in 2 Chronicles so far (Solomon, Rehoboam, Jeroboam….) have already been dealt with or spoken about in our study of 1 Kings, So in order to avoid repetitions, they were omitted. You will do well to check the study on 1 Kings.

In today’s study, Jehoshaphat took over from Asa his father as king in Judah. We were told that he walked in they ways of God as David did. He sought God and and obeyed his commandments, so God established his kingdom. He also took away the high places where people burned incense to idols.

God granted Jehoshaphat peace so much that even the Philistines brought gifts to him. Indeed, when a man’s ways pleases the Lord, He would cause even his enemies to be at peace with him. We do ourselves a lot of good and favour when we seek to please God.

Jehoshaphat’s mighty men of war were Adnah, Jehohanan, Amasiah, Eliada and Jehozabad. all these were captain over thousands of men, and they waited on Jehoshaphat.

Will you seek God?

Some verses to remember

3-5: And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.

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The End Of David’s Reign

2 Chr 29:1-30

You might be wondering what has been happening in the last few days with the posts on the blog. If I am to be sincere, all I have been reading for the last one week or so were names and names, and more names. I did not want to bore you with a list of names, however that’s what a lot of Chronicles is about – We learnt a whole lot of those who were in David‘s workforce, the Captains, the Levites and so on.

Today we finally came to the end of the first book of Chronicles, as David prepares to depart, leaving a strong legacy and instructions for Solomon his son. His priority first and foremost was the house of God. He willingly gave of his gold and substance for the building of the temple. There was a great motivation among all the people as well as they all willingly brought their substances, till everything needed was overflowing.

David blessed the Lord before the congregation of the people, gave thanks for all that God had brought him through as well as the whole of Israel, from the times of the forefathers. He also prayed for  his son Solomon. All the people togeher then blessed the Lord, and offered sacrifices to him. They also made Solomon king, and he took his place on the throne.

David lived old, reigning forty years in all as king. He fulfilled the number of his days in riches, glory and honour. All through his life, he retained a heart and passion for God, which he handed over to his son Solomon. We also have a responsibility as such, to live fully, and hand over a good legacy to those after us.

So help us God!