Monday, November 25, 2013

Bible Study Notes in 2 Chronicles- Chapter 19

2 Chronicles 19


-The LORD allowed Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, to return in safety to his house in Jerusalem after his mishap with the Arameans in alliance with Ahab. Upon his return the seer Jehu, son of Hanani, went out to meet him with a word, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD and so bring wrath on yourself from the LORD (2 Chronicles 19:1-2)?” However, all the things he said were not negative, “But there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asheroth (female idol) from the land and you have set your heart to seek God (2 Chronicles 19:3).” So Jehoshaphat went about regaining his standing in the sight of the people in peace with the LORD and doing His will. He went among the people from Beersheba to the hill country in Ephraim to bring them back to the LORD, the God of their fathers (2 Chronicles 19:4).

-The primary way that he accomplished this revival in the land was through the establishment of righteous judges, which he trained and appointed throughout the land in the fortified cities (2 Chronicles 19:5). His instruction to these judges consisted of the following:

+Consider what you are doing

+You judge for the LORD, not for man when you render judgment

+Let the fear of the LORD by upon you in decision making

+Be very careful in what you do

+God takes no part in unrighteousness

+God takes no part in partiality

+God takes no part in taking bribes, extortion

+Be faithful in your work

+Be wholehearted in your work

+Warn the people of their wrongdoing and the guilt they will incur so they will not be guilty before the LORD

+Act resolutely (possessing determination and purposefulness, decisive)

+The LORD is with the upright

(2 Chronicles 19:6-11)

-*Application* This instruction would be essential for our present day judicial system if we wanted to have awakening and revival in our nation of America. A just society must have just leadership and decision makers that exude fairness and equity under the law of God, which transcends every nation and all cultures. We need to pray for a returning to these types of biblical standards in our land’s rulers. Else, our guilt and God’s wrath will be upon us. I’d prefer His blessing upon us instead. Wouldn’t you?


Verse to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 19:7

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