Welcome to Faithfulness Friday! Our chapters for today are the same ones from these last two weeks – 2nd Chronicles, chapters 17-20. So rich, y’all.
You may or may not be a list embracer, but sometimes I’m all about a list.
When studying the Bible, listing certain things can be helpful. After the first Faithfulness Friday post, the original plan was to move on to another book of the Bible entirely. I’d already written the next post, which you’ll see later this month (or next – we’ll see).
When publishing that first post (Your Victory Faith Song), I knew God had more for us to see before leaving those 2nd Chronicles chapters. In last week’s post (Always More), I wondered if God was drawing us to an entire month of 2nd Chronicles (and quite possibly the same four chapters, 17-20).
It already seemed confusing because the second week’s targeted verses occurred earlier than the first week’s verses. The progression through the chapters was backwards. So, what did I do to avoid confusion? And to lay things out to see what could further develop from it all?
Yep. I made a list. You may wish to make your own list of events – so you can dig in deeply to the chapters for yourself before reading my list. The process is simple. As you read through the verses of each chapter, notate each event that stands out to you as something of interest.
Some things on my list you will recognize because we’ve already studied them. Here is the list of events, chapter by chapter. Your list may include events I didn’t note on my list, and that is good! I need you to check my work (grin).
I color coded my list as to the faithfulness of Jehoshaphat and his people (to God), errors of Jehoshaphat through disobedience, and things that point to God’s faithfulness to Jehoshaphat and his kingdom, the resulting blessings.
2 Chronicles, chapter 17: Jehoshaphat(‘s) . . .
- Fortified Judah militarily (vs.1-2)
- Followed his father’s example as a Godly king (vs. 3-4)
- Prospered (v. 5)
- Removed pagan shrines in his commitment to God (v. 6)
- Sent his officials, Levites, and priests out into the kingdom to teach from copies of the Book of the Law of the Lord (vs. 7-9)
- Peace with surrounding kingdoms, some bringing valuable tributary gifts (vs. 10-11)
- Power, military might, and prosperity grew. (v. 12 onward)
2 Chronicles, Chapter 18: Jehoshaphat(‘s) . . .
- Enjoyed great riches and high esteem (v. 1)
- Made alliance with King Ahab (corrupt king of Israel, Northern Kingdom) through son’s marriage to Ahab’s daughter (v. 1)
- Went into battle alongside Ahab, against the advice of Micaiah the prophet. (v. 16)
- Life spared, while King Ahab died in battle. (vs. 32-33)
2 Chronicles, Chapter 19: Jehoshaphat . . .
- Angered God by his alliance with Ahab (v.2)
- Showed there was good in him, removing Asherah poles and seeking God (v. 3)
- Encouraged people in his kingdom to return to God (v. 4)
- Established honesty and Godly integrity in judges . . . so, there was Godly rule in the Kingdom. (v. 5-11)
2 Chronicles, Chapter 20 occurrences:
- Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat (vs. 1-2)
- Jehoshaphat terrified, begged God for guidance, and ordered Judah to fast (v. 3)
- Prayer before his kingdom (v. 5), Part (a) Praise for Who God is (v. 6), Part (b) Praise for what God did in the past; faithfulness remembered (vs. 7-8), Part (c) God’s faithfulness we can rely on now (vs. 9-12)
- Jahaziel’s prophesy (vs. 14-17)
- Jehoshaphat bowed low, and people followed (v. 18)
- Praise and worship by the people to God (v. 18-19)
- Jehoshaphat’s encouragement of the people to believe in the Lord God, to stand firm, and they would succeed (v. 20)
- Praise singers (v. 21)
- Battle victory! (v. 22-30)
As you can see, there are (count them) at least twenty four occurrences and Jehoshaphat actions that we could cover in a study of these four chapters alone. The list proves we could camp out here a looooong time.
This process of making a list helps us see clearly that Jehoshaphat was a very good king, a Godly king. One glaring error resulted in times of trouble for Jehoshaphat, though. I suspect we should take a deeper look next week to begin to understand why our obedience is so vital. But, in the end God is faithful and compassionate.
Does God’s Word inspire you as much as it does me? I get so excited when discovering truths I had not noticed before!
And then there’s the convicting part. Sometimes hard . . . but always necessary.
From your own life events, could you make a similar list to view God’s faithfulness in a new and fresh way? Are you afraid to see your past errors clearly? I suspect you’ll also see God’s compassion over you and how you can trust Him with your consequences.
Because He is faithful~