Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar.” (2 Chronicles 20:2)
Welcome to the very first Faithfulness Friday! I’m so glad you decided to join me, and for our study today, we are examining:
2 Chronicles, chapters 17-20.
For the most benefit, read these chapters first yourself. Then return here for more specific study.
When Jehoshaphat took over as King after the death of his father Asa, he fortified Judah. The Lord blessed Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of Asa’s early years as king, obeying the Lord our God.
As you read through the chapters noted above, you see two events that stand out strongly.
#1 – Jehoshaphat sent officials throughout the land to teach from the Book of the Law.
What an awesome thing Jehoshaphat did, leading his people in Bible Study – even when life was good, with no trouble on the horizon. Does that amaze you as much as it does me?
Hundreds and possibly thousands of Levites and priests went across the kingdom and personally, individually taught God’s Word. What a treasure of a revival! The results went beyond the people, all the way to those in surrounding areas who fell under the fear of the Lord.
As we all should do before hard times come, we need to prepare for days ahead by studying the Word of God. THAT, my sister enbracers, is exactly the point of these Faithfulness Friday studies. As a friend of mine said recently, everyone needs to study this, whether currently in a tough season or in a triumphant one.
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#2 – In chapter 20, we read that the Moabites, Ammonites, and part of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat, so his warriors were heading into battle. We see a surprising attack maneuver on the part of King Jehoshaphat.
After the leaders consulted the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising Him for His holy splendor. This is what they sang: ‘Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!’ (2 Chronicles 20:21, emphasis mine.)
So, the people were taught the Word of God (most likely resulting in spiritual revival) and now are marching into battle led by a choir singing praises to the Lord in worship and full expectancy of victory. They are basically thanking God in advance!
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)
Because God’s Word was fresh on their minds, they knew of God’s faithfulness. They knew of His promises. They had great trust and faith in Him. Can you do that? Can you give God praise before you see the ending of your battle, your storm, your tough season ahead? What a fine example this passage is to us!
Jehoshaphat demonstrates how we need to prepare in advance by studying and reading the Bible. We need the fresh perspective of examples from God’s Word regarding His faithfulness – all the examples given throughout the Bible. Examples of our God and how He rescues us, protects us, fights for us.
Oh, and by the way, God was with Jehoshaphat and his people. The moment they began singing their praises, the Lord caused the enemy to fight amongst themselves. When the singers and warriors arrived at the battle ground, dead bodies were everywhere.
They didn’t need to do battle themselves at all. God had conquered the enemy before the battle ever started. If we will begin our battles in praise to God, imagine how He will cause confusion in the ranks of our enemy, as well!
What/who is the enemy in your battle? Satan, for sure. It’s always satan behind our battles.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalms 121:1-2)
The Lord will win the battle for us. I’m cheering! Are you?
We only covered two aspects of this scripture today. There are many more tidbits (and even huge-bits) that need our attention. So . . . we will look at these chapters again next week. I can hardly wait to share with you all I’ve discovered so far. We could spend the entire month here! (But, we probably won’t. More chapters and books await!)
There is more, beyond my findings, so study these chapters further for yourself and share those revelations with us next week, as well. I sure wish we could meet in my kitchen or family room for real, y’all, and have discussions!
What is your victory faith song?
Because He lives~