Read thru Old Testament Devotional – June 6, 2017

June 6

 

2 Chronicles 20-22

 

The Kings of Judah, cont’d.                          2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21

 

2 Chronicles 17:1-20:37…Jehoshaphat becomes King of Judah (873-848), cont’d.

 

2 Chronicles 20:1-30-A large army from Moab, Ammon, and some Meunites attack Judah.  "Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD" (:3)...the people gathered together and Jehoshaphat prayed:

  1. he spoke of God's sovereignty (:6);
  2. he recounted God's previous faithfulness and covenant with the descendants of Abraham (:7);
  3. he reminded God of His promise to protect them (:8-9);
  4. he recalled how God had told Israel to spare those who are now attacking them when they came out of Israel and that now those very countries were attacking God's possession (:10-11);
  5. he told the LORD that they were powerless against such a large army and did not know what to do...but that their eyes (their faith) were on Him (:12).

The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahziel and he said, "Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's (:15)...you need not fight...the LORD is with you (:17)".  The next morning they went out to see the army.  When they arrived they discovered that the different armies had fought and destroyed each other.  It took them 3 days to carry all the spoil back.

2 Chronicles 20:31-37-Jehoshapat was 35 when he became king and he reigned for 25 years.  While he followed God...he did not remove the high places and "the people had not yet directed their hearts to the God of their fathers" (:33).  It seems that the people had resisted Jehoshaphat’s decree that he made in 17:6.  In his last days Jehoshaphat allied himself with Ahaziah, king of Israel..."He acted wickedly in doing so" (:35).

 

The Kings of Judah, cont’d.                          2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21

 

2 Chronicles 21:1-20…Jehoram (Joram) becomes King of Judah (848-841)

 

2 Chronicles 21:1-11-Jehoshaphat died and his son Jehoram became king.  He killed his brothers and some of the leaders of Israel.  He was 32 when he became king and he reigned for 8 years.  He followed the ways of the kings of Israel (:6).  Ahab's daughter was his wife.  He did evil in the sight of the LORD.  Because of his revolt against the LORD Edom and Libnah revolted against him (:8-10).  He built high places and led the people to sin.

2 Chronicles 21:12-20-Elijah the prophet sent him a letter to him saying that God was going to punish him by giving him a stomach disease (:15) and sending people to attack him (:14).  So the Philistines and the Arabs attacked and carried away all his possessions and his family...leaving only one son, Jehoahaz.  Jehoram became sick with a stomach disease and died in great pain (:18-19).  He was 32 years old when he became king and reigned for 8 years..."he departed with no one's regret" (:20).

 

2 Chronicles 22:1-9…Ahaziah becomes King of Judah (841)

 

2 Chronicles 22:1-9-Ahaziah (Jehoahaz, 21:17) was made king (he was the grandson of Ahab, king of Israel).  He was 22 years old and he reigned 1 year..."He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor to do wickedly" (:3).  "Now the destruction of Ahaziah was from God..." (:7).  Ahaziah was killed by Jehu…”who the LORD had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab” (:7).

 

2 Chronicles 22:10-23:15…Athaliah becomes King of Judah (841-835)

 

2 Chronicles 22:10-12-When Ahaziah's mother, Athaliah saw he was dead...she killed all of the royal offspring...and made herself the queen.  But, Jehoshabeath, the king's daughter, hid Joash (one of the sons) for 6 years.

 

Prayer: Father, how quickly the tied turned in Judah.  From Jehoshaphat to his grandson, Athaliah…from a man who followed You, to a man who despised You.  Help me to teach my children and grandchildren the things that they need to know in order to be Your faithful followers.  I pray that all of our descendants will accept Jesus as their Savior and that we will be a godly lineage.  Please, Lord…save all of our family.  Let us bring You glory.

 

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