Beamsville, ON, Canada
January 30, 2016
Jehoshaphat, or, "Where the good way is, and walk in it."
Giving the Lord what is due to Him. Teaching and establishing the people. "Stand in the way"
2 Chronicles 17:1-5, 12 Jehoshaphat delighted in his heart to walk in the ways of David. Therefore God made him to prosper so that he became very powerful.
2 Chronicles 18:1-3, 28-32 When riches and honour increased, Jehoshaphat gradually lost his discernment and thereby denied his relationship with Jehovah.
Bringing the people back to the Lord God of their fathers. "Ask for the old paths where the good way is"
2 Chronicles 19:1-4, 7-9 Jehoshaphat returns to Jerusalem, the place where Jehovah had placed His Name. He returned to the place from which he had departed. He then removes the groves throughout the land, and begins teaching and judging the people, charging the leaders to judge faithfully in the fear of the Lord and with a perfect heart, (vs.9).
Moving forward in dependence and confidence in Jehovah. "And walk in it"
2 Chronicles 20:1-13 Preparation for conflict by prayer and fasting. The whole congregation came to the House of the Lord at Jerusalem where Jehovah had placed His name. They stood before the Lord with their little ones, their wives, and their children, (vs. 13). The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, (2 Cor. 10:4-6).
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. "Then you will find rest for your souls"
2 Chronicles 20:14-25 The Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation gives direction and encouragement. The battle is not theirs, but God's. The whole congregation assembled with Jehoshaphat at the House of the Lord, to hear the Word the Lord, by the Spirit of the Lord, assuring them of the victory, (vs.17). This moved Jehoshaphat and all the congregation to bow in worship and praise, (vs. 18-19) and prepared them to march on to victory, (vs. 20-22).