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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

That Debate Question About Age…

October 20th, 2016 Viewed 514 times, 1 so far today

Jehoshaphat – His Legacy

October 19th, 2016 Viewed 632 times
This entry is part of 4 in the series We Three Kings

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.

Watch this Incredible Catch!

October 19th, 2016 Viewed 509 times, 3 so far today

Jehoshaphat – Faulty Alliances

October 18th, 2016 Viewed 644 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series We Three Kings
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.

I Think We’ve All Been Here

October 18th, 2016 Viewed 448 times

Jehoshaphat – Reliance on God

October 17th, 2016 Viewed 658 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series We Three Kings
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.

Go-Pro Tight Rope

October 17th, 2016 Viewed 485 times

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.