Tuesday, October 18, 2022
“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15 KJV).
Indeed, “for the battle is not yours, but God’s!”
The Holy Spirit communicates to us the following data in 1 Kings chapter 22: “ And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.  Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.  And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.” It is important to observe how Jehoshaphat was a believer.
For more information about the challenges he faced as monarch, we turn to the context of today’s Scripture: “ It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.  Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.  And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.”
King Jehoshaphat is David’s great-great-great grandson, reigning in Jerusalem over the Kingdom of Judah more than 800 years before Christ. The King is terrified to hear the news of an enormous army of Gentiles preparing to attack him! Let us see what he does next—or, better yet, what the LORD does next….