Epistles of Thomas

October 14, 2009

2 Chronicles 19-21

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 22:19
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When Jehoshaphat returned to Jerusalem Jehu the seer condemned him for helping Ahab. The rest of the chapter records that he appointed judges and “some of the Levites, priests and heads of Israelite families to administer the law of the Lord and to settle disputes” (19:8ff). Later Moabites and Ammonites with some Meunites came to invade Judah. The king called all the people together to seek help from God. Jehoshaphat cried out to God and reminded him of the past. God assured him that the enemy would be defeated. Indeed, his army did not have a lift a finger as the enemy turned on one another and slaughtered their own forces. The defeat was so complete that it took three days for his troops to carry off the plunder. As a result, “The fear of God came on all the surrounding kingdoms when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side” (20:29f).

The next king was Jehoram who did evil and “followed the ways of the kings of Israel.” It is interesting that although Ahab is the exemplar of a wicked king the wicked kings of Jehoram are compared both to him and to the kings of Israel as a whole. Elijah predicted Jehoram’s death and he died “to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings” (21:20).

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