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Jehoshaphat – His Legacy

October 19th, 2016 Viewed 59 times

We started this series looking at Jehoshaphat’s father, Asa, and the legacy that he left his son.  We saw how Asa had begun the work of removing the high places, and set the groundwork for following after God that his son improved upon.  What should have followed was a story about how great the child of Jehoshaphat was.  Instead, we find out that his legacy was not as good as one could have hoped for.

Jehoshaphat’s Legacy (2 Chronicles 21)

Asa was a good king that left Jehoshaphat a kingdom pleasing to God, and Jehoshaphat continued this legacy.  The kingdom was expanding, and had people from other countries bringing tribute.  The children of Judah were hearing about God, and were being judged righteously. Male prostitutes, high places and idol worship was being removed from the area and things seemed to be going well. Yet because of Jehoshaphat’s alliances, his son did not follow in his way.

Jehoshaphat – Faulty Alliances

October 18th, 2016 Viewed 67 times, 1 so far today
Asa - Jehoshaphat - Joram ( )

Asa – Jehoshaphat – Joram ( ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you asked me to sum up the key problem that Jehoshaphat had based on the Biblical record, I would have to say is that he entangled himself in faulty or poor alliances.  I believe that this is why the Bible pays a lot of attention in the New Testament about making sure that false teaching is called out and that we separate from it.

Jehoshaphat and Ahab (1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18)

Marriages at the time of the Israelite kings, at the highest level, were often done for the purposes of allying two families or kingdoms.  We see this played out in many accounts all the way up through the Middle ages.  Many of the kings of Judah and Israel seemed to have wanted to join the two territories back together much like the current American Presidents all try for peace in the Middle East.  Both seem to fail regularly, because it’s not the time.

Jehoshaphat – Reliance on God

October 17th, 2016 Viewed 68 times
Map of the Levant circa 830 BCE

Map of the Levant circa 830 BCE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was a teen I was very involved in my church’s drama/musical programs.  One of my favorites was “Fat, Fat Jehoshaphat” in which I played King Jehoshaphat.  During this play, the focus was on the passage that we are looking at today, and what part Jehoshaphat’s reliance on God had in his dealings with his enemies.

Jehoshaphat Attacked (2 Chronicles 19:1-2, 20)

After his alliance with Ahab, Jehoshaphat is challenged by a prophet of God. God asks him why he is a friend with the enemies of God. The wrath of God will be upon him, yet not to his destruction because he does seek the Lord.  We see this come to play out when the Ammonites, Moabites and Meunites come to attack.  Jehoshaphat gets advanced notice, and instead of calling up an army, like every other time, Jehoshaphat goes to God.

What is a Believer Supposed to Do?

September 26th, 2016 Viewed 142 times

Replicate himself…

I’m a simple guy so I look at it plainly. What is the church supposed to be and do? It seems like the Great Commission is the place to start:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19–20)

Disciples of Christ are to make disciples (evangelism), baptize them into the church, and teach them to learn and apply the Bible. Then the cycle repeats itself: evangelism, baptism, training.

The Church Needs the Bible

How Many Things Can The Brain Concentrate on at Once?

September 9th, 2016 Viewed 155 times

When we are busy with something that requires the use of sight, the brain reduces hearing to make it easy for us. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by researchers from Linköping University in collaboration with others. The results give researchers a deeper understanding of what happens in the brain when we concentrate on something.

“The brain is really clever, and helps us to concentrate on what we need to do. At the same time, it screens out distractions that are extraneous to the task. But the brain can’t cope with too many tasks: only one sense at a time can perform at its peak. This is why it’s not a good idea to talk on the phone while driving,” says Jerker Rönnberg of Linköping University, professor of psychology with a focus on disability research.

He and his colleagues have investigated what happens in our brains when we are occupied by a visual task. One example is a student is taking an exam, while another is a person driving a car. The researchers also wanted to see how concentration changes when the background noise increases…

Driving or talking? The brain concentrates on one thing at a time

Christian, When Was the Last Time You Read Your Bible?

September 9th, 2016 Viewed 143 times

Professing Christians are not reading their [B]ibles as much as they used to — and some Christians don’t read it at all.  Beth Stolicker of Mission Network makes a good case as to why Christians must read and memorize Scripture.  As Christians “we need to be able to recall full Scriptures, the redemption story, and the Bible’s full frame. That’s hard to do if Christians are only familiar with a few verses here and there.”

Western Christians’ Bible reading crisis


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