2 Chronicles Chapter 20

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2 Chronicles 20

1 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.

And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,

And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation;

15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lordunto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.

18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.

19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.

27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord.

29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.

30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he 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.

32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of theLord.

33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.

34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.

35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.

37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

38 thoughts on “2 Chronicles Chapter 20

  1. Thus saith the Lordunto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

    Glory to GOD!!! Knowing that my battles are won through Prayer, Fasting, Reading the Bible,Submission, and through Praise!!

    POFW …..What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 KJV)

  2. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    Speak the Word

    The words spoken by Jehoshaphat were the words given by Solomon when he dedicated the temple. God had given the promise to Solomon, and Jehoshaphat was determined to receive the promise.

    When there is something written in the word, you can take it to the bank. God is just waiting for us to speak and believe the word.

  3. Consecrate yourselves for battle.

    3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

    During Military training the one goal is to make you think alike, act alike, dress alike, and unite you as a family so you will feel the responsibility of each other. That is how I see things when my Pastor will call for prayer or/and a fast, it’s purpose is to unite us & consecrate us for battle. It brings us closer to God so we can be in tuned with His purpose.

    15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lordunto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

    There are times when all we need to do is STAND on FAITH, for God has already given you the VICTORY!!!!

  4. vs 15 we should be of good courage and not afraid. If we are doing right, the Lord will fight our battles. We just show up and praise him.

  5. Wow…I just respect Josephat except for the idols,gods,and shrines that he let the people worship. Yesterday I cried to the Lord for Josephat’s ways that he did a mighty work for God. He took “charge” and told the people that wr are going to be in a battle and we all need to fast, praise, and pray for the hand of God to intervien to take over. With all the praise of the people God had acknowledgement and praise and fasting and He desroyed the army. Nobody was found after that.
    I thank the Lord that when we are in a battle or in danger if we seek God and pray wholeheartly He will always carry us thru into safety. I was in a dangerous spot one time and didnt think there wad no way out I prayed (before I had the Holy Ghost} with all my might cause that’s all I knew at the time and God delivered me into safety. Hallelluia! Thank you Jesus I will always love and honor you you are my friend always.
    Thank- you for showing me examples of people’s life in the Bible so I may see clearly of your glorious ways.

    • HEBREWS 13:15-
      By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

  6. This chapter illustrates confidence. The king and the people were fearful of the approaching threat; therefore they fasted, sought the Lord and humbled themselves before the Lord. Because of their faith the Lord fought the battle, brought victory, and they received the spoil. One would be wise to seek the Lord in the same manner and have such faith in the Lord, for God is more than capable of fighting the battle, bringing victory and leaving the spoil. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  7. THE SPOIL OF THE LORDS BATTLE

    15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lordunto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

    People often reference this verse of scripture when facing challenging situations in life, that they do not know what to do about. It is usually the the battles in where it seems like everything is falling apart and caving in on every side.This is what Judah faced, there were 3 different armies preparing and planning an attack at the same time. Most often people in situations similar to these would turn their back, run and hide and confess continually “the battle is the LORD’s”.

    ***The LORD declares HIS own battles, just because I say it is the LORD’s does not mean it is HIS. The LORD must claim the battle or I should prepare to FIGHT, with prayer and the WORD of GOD.***

    ***When the LORD declares the battle is HIS, I must still prepare myself for involvement***

    Consider the MSG version:

    21 After talking it over with the people, Jehoshaphat appointed a choir for God; dressed in holy robes, they were to march ahead of the troops, singing,
    Give thanks to God,
    His love never quits.
    22-23 As soon as they started shouting and praising, God set ambushes against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir as they were attacking Judah, and they all ended up dead. The Ammonites and Moabites mistakenly attacked those from Mount Seir and massacred them. Then, further confused, they went at each other, and all ended up killed.

    ***My role in HIS battle is to PRAISE THE LORD in the spirit of holiness, SING, SHOUT, PRAISE***

    While we praise the LORD he executes his battle plan, it is through our praise, not our isolation in fear, when we face our fear with praise to the LORD, the GOD who is not the author of confusion, sends confusion on our adversaries and they consume one another and leaves us the SPOIL.

    25-26 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to carry off the plunder they found more loot than they could carry off—equipment, clothing, valuables. It took three days to cart it away! On the fourth day they came together at the Valley of Blessing (Beracah) and blessed God (that’s how it got the name, Valley of Blessing).

    3 days of gathering valuables from dead people. Most people would scoff at or turn away from that opportunity because of the smell or nature of the spoil. The SPOIL may not arrive on a silver platter.

    Conclusion:
    Even when the LORD claims a battle, we still fill a very important role with the responsibilities of accomplishing what we can.

    1. Prepare and Organize – iPray
    2. March FORWARD – iWork
    3. Sing, Shout, and Praise – iGive
    4. REAP the Spoil – iReap

  8. Sing with me!!
    Victory, oh victory shall be mine…
    Victory, oh victory shall be mine…
    If I hold my peace and let the Lord fight my battles,
    Victory, oh victory shall be mine…

    It is such a hard thing to do, hold our peace and let God… However, the bible is filled with example after example of God meeting the needs of his people; when they let him. However, when we stick our nose in His business, God will sit back and allow us to make even larger messes than had we not gotten involved in the first place.

    How do we know when to leave things alone or take up our battle tools (sword, shield, breastplate, etc…) and fight our own battles? In this chapter Jehoshaphat recognized the multitude and asked in verse 12 “…we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” Note Jehoshaphat did not just start complaining about how he is always being picked on, nobody liked him, no one ever asks him to go to lunch, etc… He spent time (six verses) to witness unto God. As Pastor asked us last night…. When is the last time we spent time to remind/witness God of who He is…

  9. Jehoshaphat’s prayer had several essential ingredients. He committed the situation to God, acknowledging that only God could save the nation. He sought God’s favor because his people were God’s people. He acknowledged God’s sovereignty over the current situation. He praised God’s glory and took comfort in his promises. He professed complete dependence on God, not himself, for deliverance.

  10. Jehoshophat showed by example what to do when you are in situation that you don’t know what to do: pray and fast until and answer comes. He called all the people to prayer and fasting and God moved into the situation and gave them specific instructions what to do and how to obtain the victory over those that were coming against them.

    When they obeyed the Lord’s command, it happened just like the Lord said. The king sent praisers before the people, praising in advance for their victory. This must be where the song Praising for the Victory came from, the weapons we use are not bombs and guns, worship is the way the battle is won!!! Not only did the enemy fall dead, but the people were able to recover the spoils from the fallen.

    Great example to us to seek God until an answer comes, praise in advance for the victory, and recover the spoils (blessings) from the victory.

  11. 20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

    21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

    22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

    They went forth early (first), sang praise for the victory (first), then God moved in their behalf like he had said. An awesome victory was won by the hand of God and only he gets the glory…then the people reaped the blessings. We know that the battle is not ours-it’s the Lord’s-and that our waepons are not carnal. Our weapons are worship and praise and this chapter clearly demonstrates it. It is dissappointing that later Jehosaphat again joined himself to help the ungodly! Like we heard preached last night-we must die daily to the flesh so that we will not reap of the flesh corruption. Gal 6:7-8

  12. ILove to eat lunch with Jesus

    Pastor told us that God knows how to get his tithe… One way or the other.

    Here’s a scripture to back that up

    37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

  13. I’ve got a promise and I won” stop till I see it come to pass!!!praising God for it in advance!
    I know God will fight my battles if I give them to him and don’t try to do the work myself. Thru praying, fasting and reading the bible and being under submissive to my pastor/leaders. We have to live this way at all times not just at church. We have to be prepared daily with God’s word.

  14. In this scripture, you can truly see the battle is God’s. For our warfare is not carnal, but mighty thru God to the pulling down of strongholds. They not only knew to seek God for help in the battle but sent praise before the Armies. Wow…they knew the power in God’s praise. For God is in the mist of his praise. I gotta just keep singing!

    “Be Church”…iwork…igive…ipray…ireap…
    ……………”Harvest Time”…………….

  15. 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Sow into the Kimgdom, sow into the Spirit
    Pray, fast, praise, worship, give…
    That you may receive life, abundant life
    Reap…

  16. And when he had consulted with the people, he
    appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

    And when they began to sing and to praise,
    the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten

    the people had received a word/promise from God and even though they had yet to see it come to pass they praised Him. They praised Him in advance for what He already said He would do and their praise set the miracle in motion. Never underestimate the power of praise.

  17. 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.

    allow the Lord to fight your battles.

  18. Jehoshaphat’s life is one of victory, and sorrow. When he did what was right there were blessings, and triumph. When he did wrong he lost things. God wants a people sold out completely to him.

    Jehoshphat repented for joining with the other peoples, God blessed, and then he forgot and sinned again.

    God never changes. He is the same always.

    The second thing is that when he did good, then the battle came, he sought the Lord, and God fought the battle. When we follow this same formula, the spoils will be so great it will take three full days to gather.

    Stand, and see the salvation of the Lord!

  19. JEHOSHAPHAT’S PRAYER:
    6 He prayed, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! (NLT)

    GOD’S ANSWER:
    17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. H is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” (NLT)

  20. 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.

    The Lord has spoken to me. Im set in my way to prepare for that which will come in the passing of Grandfather. I am the last surviving child of five of my mothers children. One day I will be called to stand up in front of my aunts, uncles, and cousins only to be told that Im not worthy of whats left to me. To me whats left to me is a sign of what I have lost rather than what is to be gained. I reside to the Lord to guide me through this time. I pray for the streghth to be stronger than they are. I truely believe on this day he has answered my fears.

  21. 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
    God loves to show his power and might to/thru his people. In this verse we see God putting his power on display and showing the people of Isreal that its not by might. nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord!!

  22. 35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

    36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.
    37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

    I keep hearing don’t grow weary in well doing for in due season ye shall reap if ye faint not….

  23. 20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
    21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
    22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

    We must praise God! This is what happens when we praise Him. He will set up ambushments against our enemies and destroy them. We serve an awesome God.

  24. v20″Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem ; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

    A word of faith changes everything. HE IS able to do the impossible to anybody that can believe HIM. Flow with HIS SPIRIT and we will have the miraculous !
    iPray
    iBelieve
    iPraise
    i Reap the miraculous

    • ” Taste and see” experience the goodness of GOD and the blessings of trusting HIM.
      psalm 34:8
      GOD’S WORD is sweeter than honey to the taste. Psalm 19:10, 119:103

  25. 37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
    There are always consequences for not obeying God and following after him with everything inside you.

  26. HE Fasted and Prayed:

    And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

    He recieved the word of God:

    15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lordunto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

    HE praised the Lord:

    19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

    THen he went to obtain his promise!

    20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

    Notice the promise from God took faith to step into a seemingly definate defeat.

    This is the outline for obtaining victory!!!!!!!!

    1. Fast and Pray
    2.Recieve the word of God
    3.Praise the Lord as if you have already won
    4.Then go walk it out no matter how great the odds

    If we praise like it has alredy happened thet just lets the Lord know you trust him.

    God is not bound by time like we are. WHen he speaks a victory, in his eyes, it has already come true. When he said let their be light there was no great pause and he wondered if it was going to happen. He said it and so it was. If we really beleive that then we would not be so dispondant all the time.

    TRUST IN GOD AND GO OBTAIN YOUR PROMISE

  27. V11 “Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.”

    We must take possession of the promises God gives us. It is not enough to just accept what God has said, we must take possession of the promise before we can expect to take possession of what was promised. And the key in all of this is found in the phrase “to cast us out of thy possession.”

    Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

    When we seek the Possessor, then the natural procession is possession of what He promised.

    iSeek
    iPossess
    iReap

  28. The temple singers, not military capains, led the army (vs 21). “When they began to sing and to praise the Lord set ambushes against the people of Amnon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah and they were defeated”(vs22). As a result of Jehosaphat’s reliance on the Lord, Judah was blessed with an abundance of spoil and with peace (vs25-27). Although he gained so much from his reconciliation with his relationship with God, Jehosaphat managed to fumble yet again with an alliance with wicked Ahaziah, and in doing so his ships where wrecked (vs37) which is no coincidence. Jehosaphat must have gained the realization that everytinme he allies up with a foreign/pagan nation that the Lord comes against him. For such alliances were viewed as indicating a lack of trust in the Lord. Ahaziah’s attempt at a 2nd alliance was then rejected by Jehosaphat (1Ki 22:49). We may lose sight of what relationships are most important at a time of victory,spoil, and peace like Jehosaphat was reaping. Once we set ourself away from God we cut off circulation to those blessings and peace, we must continue to be obedient and trusting of the Lord becase when we are not for God we are against Him, and He will set Himself against us, and that is no place I want to be. Prv 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding”

  29. When I come to God and trun my life to Him and follow Him then when things come up to try to take me down the Lord fights for me.

  30. Jehosaphat asks God for help and direction. He leads the people of Judah to prayer and fasting for answers. Seeking God lead him to realize he is the only way, he had faith, didn’t want to make a wrong choice without God’s direction. How interesting Jehosaphat knew seeking God was the wisest choice he could of done, faith was with Jehosaphat , but he seemed to draw away at times. God knows what’s in the heart, he didn’t favor Jehosaphat when he took matters into his own hands no matter his position.

    Lord I seek you.

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