II Chronicles 17-20
Jehoshaphat - I don’t know if he was Jumping Jehoshaphat
or not - I knew Jumping Joe Harper of
Monticello - in fact he was under consideration
for the basketball job at HHS when I first came
here - story behind the scenes.
Son of Asa, Jehoshaphat was a man of the Lord.
v. 3 - “And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat” ... sought not
v. 4 - “But sought unto the Lord God of his father”
walked in His commandments....and not after the
doings of Israel”
vs. 7-10 - Religious education of the people - none of these
priests or Levites are elsewhere mentioned by name.
Think of America ....Jer. 2:1-5.....Isaiah 66:12 .. “borne upon
her sides and ...dandled upon the knees”....Ps. 42:4.. “When
I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had
gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God,
with the voice of joy & praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.”
McGuffey’s Readers, New England Primer, The Bible, Ivy
League Divinity Schools - America could not help but be great
because America trusted in the Great God of the universe!
v. 10 - the moral effect - v. 11 - Philistia.... Arabia
Religious education rests on religious knowledge,
religious knowledge rests on religious teaching &
teachers and this means teachers of the revelation
Ch. 18 here & I Kings 22
vs. 1-3 - Jehoshaphat reproved for walking with Ahab
and commended for his relation to the Lord!
vs. 4-11 - “........he went out again through the people...
and brought them back unto the Lord God of
Reformation - remodeling & refilling the various offices
of the judges, priests, and Levites and earnestly
O how we need a house cleaning in America, a
restructuring - think of the present battle for judges -
think what the stakes are - think of who is for what -
reminds me of a paper I wrote at Murray State
University in 1972 - “The Illegitimate Child in the
Family Tree of American Education: Religion, Science
Not from Dan to Beersheba but “Beersheba to Mt.
Ephraim” - v. 4
v. 5 - “judges...fenced cities” - the stress laid in
Scripture on “justice & judgment” - it is impossible
to have a sure foundation in civil growth & stability
except on religion and morality.
Founding Fathers projected this - impossible for democracy
to work among an immoral people!!!
vs. 9-11 - Jehoshaphat exhorts & encourages!
Aggression of children of Moab & Ammon -
Lot’s descendants through incest after God destroyed
Sodom & Gommorah. NOTICE WHO CAUSES TROUBLE
vs. 3-4 - Jehoshaphat, himself, sought the Lord &
“proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah”
“Judah gathered themselves together to ask help
of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they
came to seek the Lord”
vs. 6-12 - Jehoshaphat prayed to God!
v. 12 - “we don’t know what to do, we have no
might or power but “our eyes are upon
thee” - Same results would happen today
but for PRIDE & VANITY?
v. 13 - “And all Judah stood before the Lord, with
their little ones, their wives, and their
vs. 14-17 - God responded, sent Jahaziel to say
“Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of
this great multitude; for the battle is not
yours, but God’s”
“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set
yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation
of the Lord with you.....tomorrow go out against
them: for the Lord will be with you”
v. 18 - What leader & people did!
vs. 20 - The Levites advise... vs. 21-22 - what the
The Lord delivers. Of the enemies of God in
v. 24 - “none escaped”
v. 27 - They return to Judah & Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat
in the forefront....going with joy”