Warm greetings! I sincerely hope this finds that each of you are well. This is just a short post today to share some of the scriptural truths which impressed me as I was going through my devotional reading earlier this morning. The passage I was reading comes from 2 Chronicles 17…
Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, reigned from circa 874 to 850 BC. He was the great-great-grandson of Solomon (after whose reign the northern and southern tribes split into the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah, circa 931 BC). When Jehoshaphat’s great-grandfather (and Solomon’s son), Rehoboam “was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the Lord, and all Israel followed him in this sin” (2 Chronicles 12:1, NLT04). When Jehoshaphat’s grandfather (and Rehoboam’s son), Abijah reigned, the icons of idolatry and adultery (foreign altars, pagan shrines, sacred pillars, incense altars, and Asherah poles) remained in the land. When Jehoshaphat’s father (and Abijah’s son), Asa reigned, he “did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God…remov[ing] the foreign altars and pagan shrines…smash[ing] the sacred pillars and cut[ting] down the Asherah poles” (2 Chronicles 14:2-3, NLT04).
Here is what the above passage tells us about Jehoshaphat:
a. He worshiped God, not the images of Baal.
b. He sought God, not the permeating falsehoods.
c. He obeyed God’s commands, not the evil practices of the kingdom of Israel.
d. He was deeply committed to the ways of God, not the idolatry and adultery that had become commonplace.
Jehoshaphat’s worship of, seeking of, obeying, commitment to, and revived heart toward God was contrary to what had become acceptable in the society for those past near 60 years. And do you know what Jehoshaphat became? …A missionary to his own people!
“In the third year of his reign Jehoshaphat sent his officials to teach in all the towns of Judah. These officials included Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah. He sent Levites along with them, including Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah. He also sent out the priests Elishama and Jehoram. They took copies of the Book of the Law of the LORD and traveled around through all the towns of Judah, teaching the people” (2 Corinthians 17:7-9, NLT07).
Did you know that no less is expected of us? “Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20, NLT07). You don’t necessarily have to leave your country, your region, your county, your city, and sometimes even your own household to be a missionary! Mind blowing, I know. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us…He has commanded YOU, His obedient disciple to teach others whether near or far to be obedient disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ likewise!
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