2 Chronicles 17
-Jehoshaphat now succeeds his father’s reign in Judah with authority, blessing, and honor because he “followed the example of his father David’s earlier days and did not seek the Baals (2 Chronicles 17:1-3). Although he would have some issues with intermarrying with Ahab’s family in Israel and foolishly building unholy alliances thus polluting and not completely destroying the idolatry in the land, he is depicted in this chapter as a bold follower of God during his early years. He had many military victories and successes in fortifying the nation and received great tribute from his people and former enemies of the Jewish people (2 Chronicles 17:4-6, 10-12). The dread of the LORD was upon all the kingdoms of the lands around Judah, and they dared not make war against Jehoshaphat’s people. The king took this opportunity to educate the people of the land in the ways of the LORD. He had many scholars and officials sent out into every city to teach the book of the Law of the LORD with them. They were among the people and provided information on how to please God and live in a worthy manner (2 Chronicles 17:7-9). This was a time of wonderful blessings in the land, and the people served their king with warmth and gratitude as he fortified every area with valiant men (2 Chronicles 17:1-2, 13-19).
-*Application* When we strive to do the things of God we will also have peace in every situation and our position will be fortified. Even our enemies will be at peace with us when we trust in the LORD and keep growing in the knowledge and understanding of him. Also, when we know the truth, it is our responsibility to train and educate others in the way of Light through Jesus Christ our Savior. Don’t keep the best thing ever hidden. Be a city set on a hill for all to see your good works and give glory to your eternal King (Matthew 5:14-16). Expand His Kingdom!
Verse to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 17:3