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Sunday, August 17 2014

2 Chronicles 19: Jehoshaphat's Judges

"Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment"

King Jehoshaphat of Judah was present in the battle in which King Ahab of Israel was mortally wounded (see The Two Kinds Of Patriotism). Jehoshaphat was a righteous king (see Jehoshaphat's Castles), while Ahab and his infamous wife Jezebel were wicked (see also What Does Wicked Mean?). Jehoshaphat was given to witness the justice that those who wantonly do evil will have in their due time (see The Dogs of Ahab and Jezebel and The End Of The Line For Ahab And Jezebel).

Elijah Confronts Ahab and Jezebel

"18:28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead. 18:29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.

18:30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel. 18:31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him. 18:32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.

18:33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded. 18:34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died." (2 Chronicles 18:28-34 KJV)

Jehoshaphat survived the battle and returned home to Jerusalem (see also When Did Jerusalem Become An Israelite City? and How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?).

"19:1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem." (2 Chronicles 19:1 KJV)

Jehoshaphat was righteous, but he was beginning to drift toward a liberal attitude (see Liberation, Not Liberal-ation and Liberty Under God or Liberty Under Satan?). A prophet of the LORD confronted Jehoshaphat to strengthen his resolve (see also Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?).

"19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD. 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God." (2 Chronicles 19:2-3 KJV)

Jehoshaphat had learned his lesson. He then began a national awareness program to teach the way of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God). It was one of the reasons that the Kingdom of Judah lasted over a century longer than the Kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?).

"19:4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers. 19:5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, 19:6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. 19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

19:8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem. 19:9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. 19:10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.

19:11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good." (2 Chronicles 19:4-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did the people of Israel demand a human king for themselves?
See Our King May Judge Us


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This Day In History, August 17

986: A Byzantine army was destroyed in the pass of Trajan's Gate by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron. The Byzantine emperor Basil II narrowly escaped.

1424: The English fought the Scots and French at the Battle of Verneuil during the Hundred Years War.

1585: Spanish forces, led by Duke of Parma, took Antwerp after a 14-month siege in the Dutch War of Liberation.

1590: John White, the leader of 117 colonists sent in 1587 to Roanoke Island (North Carolina) to establish a colony, returned from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers is ever found (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

The Lynching Of Leo Frank 1743: The Peace of Abo was signed, ending the Russo-Swedish War of 1741-43.

1812: Napoleon Bonaparte's army defeated the Russians at the Battle of Smolensk during the Russian retreat to Moscow.

1833: The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic entirely on its own power, the Canadian ship Royal William, began its journey from Nova Scotia to The Isle of Wight.

1915: A Category 4 hurricane hit Galveston, Texas with winds at 217 km/hr (135 mph).

1915: Leo Frank, a Texas-born U.S. Jew, was lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia after the State Governor, believing that Frank's conviction was based more on racist anti-Semitism than factual evidence, commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment. Leading the frenzied lynch mob (the girl's actual murderer was very likely among those doing the lynching) were prominent "White Christian" citizens of the town, including a former Governor, the son of a Senator, a Methodist Minister, a State Legislator, and a former State Superior Court Judge. Frank was posthumously pardoned in 1986.

1918: Russian Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky was assassinated.

1943: During the Second World War, the U.S. Eighth Air Force lost 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt-Regensburg bombing mission.

1945: Indonesia claimed independence from the Netherlands with the setting up the Provisional Indonesian Republican Government.

1962: Peter Fechter, 18, was shot by East German guards as he attempted to flee across the Berlin Wall. Left to bleed to death, his case was the most notorious in the history of the Wall. In July 1996, two former guards were charged with manslaughter.

1969: A Category 5 Hurricane, named Camille, struck the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage.

1969: Dr. Philip Blaiberg died in South Africa, 19 months and 15 days after receiving a heart transplant, a survival record at the time.

1970: The Russian Venera 7 was launched. It become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet - Venus.

1977: The Soviet icebreaker Arktika became the first ship to reach the North Pole.

1987: Nazi war criminal Rudolph Hess committed suicide by hanging with a lamp cord, at age 93, after 46 years in Spandau Prison. He had been the only inmate of the prison for the last 20 years of his life.

1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton testified before Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's grand jury regarding Clinton's sexual adventures with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Clinton thereby became the first U.S. President to testify under oath (he had previously denied any adultery and fornication with the young assistant) before a grand jury.

1999: A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Izmit, Turkey; over 17,000 people were killed and 44,000 were injured.

2005: Over 500 terrorist bombs were detonated 300 locations across Bangladesh.


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