2 Chronicles 17

2 Chronicles 17 has Jehoshaphat taking the throne after his father Asa passes.  Asa was generally a good king (though he did not finish well) and Jehoshaphat his son followed in his footsteps and the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David.  Jehoshaphat was able to wade through the good and the bad of his dad, and focus on doing what God desired.  He “sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel”.

Jehoshaphat walked in obedience.  He sets the standard for how we walk successfully with God.  Scripture paints a picture of two possible outcomes.  Your destiny, as an individual and as a nation, can either be like that of Judah or Israel. You should follow the example of Judah, not the acts of Israel.  The writer makes that distinction clear.  Jehoshaphat went further than Asa had in restoring things to God’s ways.  “His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord”.  He did what was right, not what was popular.

Jehoshaphat takes some important steps to restore the kingdom to God’s Word.  He sent leaders to the cities to teach the people, “having the Book of the Law of the Lord with them”.  He sends out sixteen men to teach, and the nation became thoroughly instructed in the Word of God, including their obligation to the king, and to each other. They became as one; and against a people united on God’s principles, no enemy could ever overcome them.  He didn’t equip them with walls and armor, but with the Word of God.

And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat”.  Not only did they not make war, they sent gifts to build a strong relationship.  His teaching also created an army of dedicated and courageous men who surrounded him.  They were not doing battle, but were prepared and committed none the less.  He set aside commanders and had over 860,000 mighty men that were in the service of the king.  God’s Word changes people.  Jehoshaphat understands the power of God’s Word.


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