Read 2 Chronicles 18
Jehoshaphat allied himself with Ahab; death of Ahab; Jehoshaphat's national reformation; death of Jehoshaphat
Jehoshaphat was one of the most godly kings in the history of
Jehoshaphat made a serious mistake when he associated with Ahab, the Baal-worshiping king of the northern kingdom. Their friendship led to the marriage of Jehoshaphat's son Jehoram to Ahab's daughter Athaliah (18:1; 21:1,6). Ahab then asked Jehoshaphat to join him in a battle with
Following Jehoshaphat's request for a word from God, a fearless prophet named Micaiah boldly foretold that Ahab would not return alive from that war (18:4,13,16). In disregard of the prophet's warning, Jehoshaphat joined Ahab and almost lost his life. When surrounded by Syrians, Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him (18:31). Jehoshaphat the king of
The marriage of Jehoshaphat's son Jehoram to the daughter of Jezebel opened the door to Baal worship in Judah and the massacre of all of Jehoshaphat's sons and grandsons, except for one-year-old Jehoash (Joash) who was hidden by the high priest Jehoiada (22:10-12).
All of our relationships should be guided by the Scriptures: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? . . . Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord (II Corinthians 6:14,17). And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).
By Micaiah, who told the truth even though it was unpopular with his listeners (II Chronicles 18:12-27). We are reminded of Christ when He spoke the unpopular truth to the Pharisees (Matthew 12:1-14). Jesus responded: Now ye seek to kill Me, a Man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God (John 8:40).
18:1 joined affinity =b> allied himself by the marriage of his son to Ahab's daughter; 18:9 a void place =b> an open area; 18:15 adjure =b> put you under oath; 18:33 at a venture =b> randomly; harness =b> armor; 19:8 set =b> appoint; 20:17 set =b> position.
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