Friday, July 14, 2017

King Jehoshaphat trusts God for victory

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Messengers came to King Jehoshaphat to warn him that a large enemy army was marching towards Judea from the other side of the Dead Sea. 1
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Alarmed, Jehoshaphat decided to ask God what to do, so he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.
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People from every town in the land came together to pray to God for help.

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King Jehoshaphat stood up in the Temple courtyard and prayed, ‘Lord, you are so powerful, so mighty. Who can stand against you? We believe that in a time of calamity such as war, disease, or famine, we can cry out to you to save us. We believe you will hear us and rescue us.’
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Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon a Levite called Jahaziel. ‘Listen everyone,’ he announced, ‘this is what the Lord says …
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“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

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People listened, then King Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground. Then everyone joined him in praising the Lord God very loudly.
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After consultation with the leaders, Jehoshaphat determined that there should be a choir leading the army. They led the way singing ‘God’s Loving-Kindness Is Forever’ as they walked along praising and thanking the Lord!
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As they started singing, the Lord caused the enemy army to fight among themselves. The Ammonites and Moabites attacked the Edomites and killed them. Then the Ammonites and Moabites turned on each other. The battle was fierce and they destroyed each other.

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So, when the army of Judah arrived on the scene, all they found were dead bodies lying on the ground—not a single one of the enemy had escaped.
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Just as God had promised this was the Lord’s battle and they would not need to fight.
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There was so much plunder it took them three days to gather it and cart it away.

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On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, as it is called today, to give thanks and praise to God.
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They returned to Jerusalem full of joy, with Jehoshaphat leading them. They marched into Jerusalem accompanied by a band of harps, lyres, and trumpets. They then proceeded to the Temple to give thanks to God.

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They built ships at Ezion-geber to sail to Tarshish. The ships set sail to open up routes for new trade.
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God sent the prophet Eliezer with a message for King Jehoshaphat. ‘As you have allied yourself with King Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your work.’

King Jehoshaphat trusts God for victory
King Jehoshaphat turns to God for help and wins the battle without having to fight.
2 Chronicles 20:1-37

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