Week of August 14 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 20:15

And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's.

 Day 1--Read: 2 Chronicles 20:1-4

After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. 2 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” (that is, Engedi). 3 Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

Reflect: What is the setting? How does Jehoshaphat respond?

Consider: Jehoshaphat. 1. The fourth king of Judah (872–848 bc), son and successor of Asa (910–869 bc). Jehoshaphat was 35 years of age when he began his reign; he ruled 25 years, during which time he maintained the stability of the Davidic dynasty (1 Kgs 22:41, 42). Jehoshaphat is held in high esteem by the Chronicler, along with Hezekiah and Josiah. His successful rule was due to his religious policy. He continued the religious reformation initiated by his father; therefore the Lord firmly established the kingdom under his control, “and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat; and he had great riches and honor” (2 Chr 17:1–5). The Chronicler praises Jehoshaphat’s courageous heart, evidenced in his removing the high places and the Asherim from Judah (2 Chr 17:6). Jehoshaphat is also reported to have closed all the houses of the male prostitutes (1 Kgs 22:46).[1]

Respond: How do you typically respond to fear? What spiritual disciplines do you practice that can help you in times of fear?

 

[1] Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, “Jehoshaphat,” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 1105.