2 Chronicles 17:5 — Psalm 127:1 reminds us that except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain. Jehoshaphat’s father, Asa, was scared and used the treasures of the Temple (2 Chronicles 16:2) to protect his kingdom (2 Chronicles 16:3). Jehoshaphat, however, trusted God, and instead of gold going out, gold came in!
2 Chronicles 17:9 — The key to success was teaching the people the Law of the LORD. The people were under the Mosaic Covenant, and they needed to know and follow the laws of the Covenant. As people of the New Covenant (Dispensation of Grace), we need to know the commands of the New Testament:
- Those issued by Jesus (49)
- Total number of commands issued in the New Testament according to the Christian Assemblies International (1,050)
2 Chronicles 18:1 — Here’s the main compromise in Jehoshaphat’s life: affinity with Ahab. While he was a fellow Israeli, Ahab was also a Baal worshipper (1 Kings 16:31). Faithfulness to God may separate us from loved ones who are not faithful to Him (Luke 12:53).
2 Chronicles 18:26 — The king threatened prison for an unpopular prophecy, but Micaiah isn’t concerned about a mere earthly ruler. He knows God has threatened false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:22) with death (Deuteronomy 18:20).
Romans 9:25 — My fellow Gentiles … God has made us His people, His beloved, and His children. God has opened the door to us in this Age of Grace!
Romans 10:5 — There are two ways to heaven: 1) Fulfill the Law, or 2) Let Christ fulfill the Law for you (Romans 10:4). How can we let Christ fulfill the Law for us? Confess Him and believe (Romans 10:9), no matter if you are Jew or Gentile (Romans 10:12). Call upon Him and be saved (Romans 10:13)!
Psalm 20:5 — Rejoice in God’s salvation!
Psalm 20:7 — Who will you trust in? The LORD or chariots, horses, bank accounts, 401k, pensions, new autos, etc.?
Proverbs 20:3 — As Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9).
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