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Bible Pathways - May 27, 2005

May 27


Read II Chronicles 21 -- 24


In Today's Reading:


Jehoram's, Ahaziah's and Athaliah's reigns; prophecy of Elijah; Joash becomes king and repairs the Temple; the nation turns to idolatry


During most of Jehoshaphat's reign, he maintained friendly relations with Ahab, the idol-worshiping king of the northern kingdom. His son's marriage to Ahab's daughter resulted in a heritage of wicked leadership for Judah. Jehoshaphat's life should serve as a warning to those today who say: "I know God said we should not have close relationships with unsaved people, but I don't let them affect me." However, Jehoshaphat not only brought the wrath of God upon himself, but he also was unable to control the way it affected his sons and his grandchildren.


After the death of Jehoshaphat, his son Jehoram took control of the kingdom. He quickly proceeded to destroy all the godly influence of his father's reign. He also slew all his brethren with the sword. . . . And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel . . . for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought (did) that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD . . . Moreover he . . . caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled (led) Judah thereto (II Chronicles 21:4,6,11).


Although the prophet Elijah lived in the northern kingdom, he sent a letter to the ungodly Jehoram, king of the southern kingdom, and rebuked his evils, saying: Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father . . . But have walked in the way of the kings of Israel . . . Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite your people, and your children, and your wives . . . And you shall have great sickness by disease of your bowels . . . And it came to pass . . . after the end of two years . . . he died (21:12-19).


Godly Jehoshaphat could not have anticipated the tragic consequences that resulted from his friendship with Ahab and his son's marriage to an unbeliever. Some Christian parents' hearts have been broken as a result of permitting a son or daughter to date an unsaved person who is so attractive in many other ways. Every Christian young man and woman should recognize why there are strong warnings against dating the unsaved. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness (II Peter 3:17).


Christ Portrayed:


By Jehoiada, the high priest, who faithfully hid and protected Joash (II Chronicles 23:1-11). Jesus is our High Priest (Hebrews 5:5-10) and we are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).


Word Studies:


21:9 compassed him in = surrounded him; 21:19 of sore diseases = in severe suffering; no burning for him = no public fire to honor him; 22:2 daughter = granddaughter; 22:10 seed royal = royal offspring of the house of David; 23:9 bucklers = small shields; 23:14 Have her forth of the ranges = take her outside under guard; 24:13 in his state = in its original condition; 24:25 in great diseases = intense suffering.


Prayer Needs:


Pray for BPM Staff: Dr. John A. Hash · Government Officials: Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) and Sen. Christopher Dodd (CT) · Country: Azerbaijan (8 million) southern Transcaucasia between Europe and Asia · Major languages: Azeri and Russian · Religious freedom · 80% Muslim; 3% Russian/Armenian/Georgian Orthodox · Prayer Suggestion: Your prayers must be offered to God with the Spirit and understanding (John 4:22-24).


Optional Reading: I Corinthians 14


Memory Verse for the Week: II Timothy 4:3

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