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June 6th - Just Jehoshaphat

Just Jehoshaphat

(1 Kings 22:29-40, 48-49, 52-53)

(2 Kings 1:2-18; 3:2-5)

(2 Chronicles 18:28-34; 19:1-11; 20:1-30, 35-37)


Triomphe de Jehoshaphat

by Josephe Flavius

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King Jehoshaphat of Judah, a descendant of King David, sought the Lord in his own generation. Many rules before and after Jehoshaphat did not, seeking after idols and heeding false teachings.


Still, Jehoshaphat was faithful to Jehovah. When the Moabites, the Ammonites and other pagan nations assembled to attack Judah, Jehoshaphat led the people to prayer. Although Judah was vastly outnumbered, the Lord led the victory by causing the enemies to attack one another. When the army of Judah encountered their would-be attackers, they discovered them dead on the ground.


The Lord gave Judah protection and plunder, because they depended upon Him for the outcome.


“Do not be afraid or discouraged

because of this vast army.

For the battle is not yours, but God's.”

(2 Chronicles 20:15b, NIV)


Jehoshaphat was just. Just because of his faith and his faithful leadership, calling the people to prayer and fasting, the Lord answered in a mighty way. Might we consider how Jehoshaphat’s prayer might serve as a model for leaders who desire to direct God’s people to lean upon Him for power and protection even today?


As we pray together, following the example of Jehoshaphat, here is Don Francisco's "Jehoshaphat."


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Will you pray with me?


Just as we are, we fall at Your feet.
Every one of us needs Your protection.
How can we live without You, O Lord?
Over all history, You have guided Your people.
Sanctuary comes from You alone.
Help us again, O God. Drive out Your enemies.
Allow not evil to overcome those You who bear Your Name.
Plagues and oppression may not tear us from Your hand.
How could we trust any other but You?
All we are and all we have is Yours.
Triumph before us for Your great glory.

Amen.


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