“The Lord was with Jehoshaphat,” 2 Chronicles 17:3
The King Jehoshaphat story is one of my favorites in the bible. He’s the fifth person I would like to meet in heaven behind the Demon-Possessed Man, Nicodemus, The Woman at the Well, and the Woman Caught in Adultery. Certainly, we’ll all have time enough to meet every single of God’s redeemed, but these five are on top of my bible story list.
Why King Jehoshaphat? Well, he had one of the most amazing stories of facing impossible odds. Before we go there, let’s first build the story and a lesson from it. Jehoshaphat was one of the few kings that honored God and took out the false god worship places. God, in turn, established his kingdom. He had great riches and honor.
Yet something went wrong. If you look carefully in the Old Testament, there were two ways to really get yourself in trouble. The worst was to worship false gods. The next was making alliances with those outside of the faith. Jehoshaphat did the latter.
But before I go there, I heard a pastor recently point out that the types of things that governments do to infuriate God is to deprive the poor of justice, deny the rights of the needy, and prey on widows and orphans. Certainly, these are evils. However, I don’t recall God going on and on about any of these. What I DO see him spending A LOT of time hammering on is the whoring after false gods. In fact, that is the one thing that caused God to come crashing down on the Israelites, both Israel and Judah. God stripped kingdoms from kings that violated this. His wrath was severe. And just.
The other thing that really got kings in a lot of trouble was to make alliances with enemies of God – basically anyone who wasn’t following his commandments. This included alliances with kings of other nations or even kings of Israel. You see, because they worshipped false gods, our God stripped their blessing and eventually exiled them permanently – all except for the clan of Judah of which God foretold to establish his rule forever through the Messiah.
It was of that clan that Jehoshaphat belonged. Now, there were plenty of false-god worshipers in that line of kings, for sure, but there were also a handful of good ones. And most, if not all, of these violated the second big no-no: making alliances.
Why was that such a big deal to God? After all, some of these were to protect Judah through military alliances. These kings missed the whole point: God is sufficient to meet ALL of his children’s needs. We don’t need anyone else to take care of us and to think otherwise is a gross sin. Jehoshaphat made a marriage alliance with Israel’s King Ahab and even went to battle with him against a mutual enemy. Look how God reacted to this:
2 Chronicles 19:1-3 Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem. 2 But Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the Lord. 3 Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God.”
We’ll discuss that wrath tomorrow, but I want you to notice that there is a difference in God’s judgment between those who worship false gods and those who make alliances. There can be mercy even with the sin of unholy alliance. Worshiping false gods, I’m telling you, is something God really, really hates. Study the Old Testament for yourself. You can’t miss it.
Probably the number one complaint people have against me is my harsh criticism against Catholicism and other “Christian” denominations who clearly are disregarding the Word of God on a wholesale level and even worship false gods – Mary and all the dead saints in the case of Catholics and “self” with the others in terms of sexual freedom and abortion. Yet what I see over and over and over again in the bible is warning after warning against these things and to stay away from people who do such things – other than to call them to repentance.
We are not to be friends with those who blasphemy Jesus. Not in the least. Read your bibles for yourself and see how much trouble people get into with all this. Jehoshaphat is one of MANY examples in the Old Testament. It’s what Paul’s letters to the Corinthians is all about. Over and over, from the front of the bible to the back, we are warned.
Now, in the battle against abortion, as an application to this principle, do we make alliances with Catholics and march arm-in-arm through Washington D.C.? That sounds like an unholy alliance to me.
Count me out. I shall look to another for my needs.
Father, I hope this clarifies some things for people. If I am wrong about any of this, please let none of it sink in with anyone and quickly straighten me out. If I am right, send them to their bibles to see for themselves if these things are true. Amen.
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