2 Chronicles Chapter 21

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2 Chronicles 21

1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.

2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.

3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.

4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.

5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord.

7 Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.

9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.

10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the Lord God of his fathers.

11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,

13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself:

14 Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:

15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

16 Moreover the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:

17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king’s house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

18 And after all this the Lord smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.

19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.

20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

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43 thoughts on “2 Chronicles Chapter 21

  1. 18 And after all this the Lord smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.
    19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.
    20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

    This king had torn apart lives, disrespected the things of the LORD so much that people revolted against him and the LORD sent a curse upon him. This tells me that if you have been called to leadership in God’s Kingdom then all your wants have to die. You need to focus everything on HIM. align your will with His and miraculous things will happen. If you chose to follow perverse and unrepented desires and lead God’s people with that flesh then you can bring devastation upon your house. For we walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.

  2. Jehoram’s reign in Judah could have been so different, if only, he had followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Verse 13 NLT shows us “Instead, you have been as evil as the kings of Israel. You have led the people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship idols, just as King Ahab did in Israel. And you have even killed your own brothers, men who were better than you.” This reminds me to never forget what I was taught growing up and following the examples that the Lord has placed in my life. For we not only want to serve the Lord; but, bring (lead) others to Him not away from.

  3. 7. Now despite this the Eternal upheld His promise to David. In His covenant with David, He promised David’s family would guide Israel forever, so He would not destroy Jehoram or his government. But God punished him with revolts by Edom and Libnah. The Voice

    Jehoram may have thought that because of this promise and because he had killed all of his brothers, that he was safe as king…but you can’t out-smart God, as he found out as he lay alone, broke, and suffering from his gut-wrenching disease.

  4. “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he died. They buried him in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭21:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    No one was sorry when he died.

    What type of life are you living? What is your reputation? How are you living your testimony?
    How sad it is to rule for 8 years, and no one be sorry you died.

  5. Their father gave them many gifts of silver, gold, and valuable things, in addition to fortified cities in Judah; but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.
    2CH 21:3 AMP
    http://bible.com/1588/2ch.21.3.AMP

    Was it GOD’S will that the kingdom be given to him?, I don’t know, but I do know that GOD allowed it!!! HE allowed it for only so long, just like HE has allowed the U.S. to go astray…….I DO BELIEVE THAT GOD IS PUTTING A STOP TO IT NOW, JUST LIKE HE PUT A STOP TO IT THEN!!! MY GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!

  6. “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he died. They buried him in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭21:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Leadership matters. The decision of a leader affects the followers. Starts at the top it flows down. I am thankful that Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He’s King in my life. I don’t have to worry about this earthly land. I belong to a higher kingdom. I’m thankful for all leadership of my life.

    “A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor as a roaring lion or an attacking bear. A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭28:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    “Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery. When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  7. iLove to Grow in the Word
    2 Chronicles 21:14-17 NLT (14) So now the LORD is about to strike you, your people, your children, your wives, and all that is yours with a heavy blow. (15) You yourself will suffer with a severe intestinal disease that will get worse each day until your bowels come out.” (16) Then the LORD stirred up the Philistines and the Arabs, who lived near the Ethiopians, to attack Jehoram. (17) They marched against Judah, broke down its defenses, and carried away everything of value in the royal palace, including the king’s sons and his wives. Only his youngest son, Ahaziah, was spared.

    Wow, the prophet spoke the truth. The Word of God continues with the fulfillment of the prophecy. God’s Word will come to pass. When the king died, the Word says that no one was sad.

    The Word says to have friends we must show ourselves friendly. We make no friends with better than thou attitudes and sarcastic behaviour. The king had authority, but he did not have influence.

    Bring more veggies and stay away from the candy.

  8. “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he died. They buried him in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭21:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    It’s sad not to have anyone care about you to the extent that no one is sorry that you died. We must live a life that is important and impact full enough that when we die people can say that we helped them be saved and helped them change their life.

  9. 6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord.

    7 Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

  10. this chapter is about not having anyone to care about you that is why god wants us to love one another because we would be lost like this city. we need to bind in prayer to save this city we as the church are the key to save lost souls.

  11. 14 Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:

    15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

    16 Moreover the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:

    17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king’s house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

    Jehoram was not a man of God. From what I got out of this I s that I need to trust in God. The more I have pulled away; the harder things have gotten, but the closer I have gotten to God: things have been falling back into place. Jehoram didn’t learn from his Father’s relationship with God. He did things how he wanted them done and after eight years; God said no more. I don’t want God to say no more to me…….Thank You Jesus….Amen!!!!!

  12. 7 Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

    When god make a promised god keep a promised

  13. THE CURSE ON REBELLIOUS LEADERS

    11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.
    12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
    13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself:
    14 Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:
    15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

    We make decisions daily in which our actions define our destiny. It is unfortunate, disappointing and painful when GOD called leaders choose their own desired path over the path that GOD has laid out for us. We witness the pain and tragedy of a rebellious leader who follows his own will instead of the will of GOD that has been established by his Spiritual fathers.

    MSG
    10-11 Edom continues in revolt against Judah right up to the present. Even little Libnah revolted at that time. The evidence accumulated: Since Jehoram had abandoned God, the God of his ancestors, God was abandoning him. He even went so far as to build pagan sacred shrines in the mountains of Judah. He brazenly led Jerusalem away from God, seducing the whole country.

    Jehoram abandoned GOD and led others astray with him. His painful end was declared by the prophet and fulfilled by the LORD JESUS.

    As Spiritual Leaders we must faithfully consider where we are and what we are demonstrating to followers. Self will and self service will lead only to deception and destruction, not only of self, but also those that follow. I pray today that JESUS will convict our hearts to look inside ourselves to see if we are sincerely following or selfishly rebelling. THE CURSE ON REBELLIOUS LEADERS is the judgement of GOD and nobody even cares.

    GNT
    18 Then after all this, the Lord brought on the king a painful disease of the intestines. 19 For almost two years it grew steadily worse until finally the king died in agony. His subjects did not light a bonfire in mourning for him as had been done for his ancestors.
    20 Jehoram had become king at the age of thirty-two and had ruled in Jerusalem for eight years. Nobody was sorry when he died. They buried him in David’s City, but not in the royal tombs.

    JESUS lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom and Power and Glory FOREVER. AMEN

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  14. 11 He had built pagan shrines in the hill country of Judah and had led the people of Jerusalem and Judah to give themselves to pagan gods and to go astray. (NLT)

    We all have eyes watching us whether we like it or realize it, or not. What impression are you giving? What example are you setting? To where are you leading? These are questions we need to always be mindful of.

  15. 4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.

    Jehoram strengthened himself and we find just a few short verses later where judgement came to him and his family because he did evil in the sight of God.

    God places all of us in situations to see who is going to rule, our flesh or our spirit. If spirit rules, then we will follow the leading of God, no matter what is asked of us. If flesh rules, then everything we do will be fighting against God and this is where trouble lies.

    We can’t be so prideful and self-centered that we cause discord and uproar in every situation because of our carnality. We must get over ourselves, and submit ourselves to God through fasting and prayer, so that we can stay humble and in sync.

  16. 13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself:

    14 Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:

    15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

    16 Moreover the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:

    17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king’s house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

    18 And after all this the Lord smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.

    19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.

    Literarily a Mess

    A leader that sent his people whoring after the world.
    If we are to serve God we must do it with our own intentions of pleasing God and not man. We follow leadership but if we do not have our own convictions which sometimes may go beyond what leadership even expects from us, if for some reason the leadership would fail then we too would find ourself in the same mess Jehoram found himself in. God smite him in his bowels , what a messy situation I am sure he was in. If you get the message. Ever have a stomach ache.
    God weakened him and he died from the disease Beware that you do not go seeking the things of the world. Follow God with all your heart, set some of your own goals spiritually and continue to adhere to what our leadership teaches us. Lest we find ourself in a mess we cannot get out of,
    To spiritually die is worse than a physical death. Stay close to the Kingdom and the instructions of our leadership, who leads with wisdom and by example.

  17. 20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

    The position did not grant him honor nor the time he spent in it. His actions led the people to war and sickness. By the end of his life people didn’t care about him. In the end it wasn’t about being king, he wasn’t buried as one, it was how he impacted the people’s lives.

    People don’t care about our positions or how long we have been doing something. They care about how we impact their lives. What impression are we leaving on people?

    Online I have met many people in ministry. For the most part it’s very enlightening and those around them are able to learn and grow. However there have been a few that have left negative impressions. Teaching (if you could call it that) in hardness, hurting people to get their point across. Some of these claiming to be ministers for 30+ years, but in the end the people they hurt didn’t care about them being ministers or how long they had been, they cared about these leaders calling them names and berating them for not understanding the apostolic doctrine. Our words, our actions, everything about us leaves impressions on those around us. And in the end the impact we have on people will matter more than any position or title we hold.

    POFW impacting lives to change the world.

  18. 2 Chronicles 21:12 Jehoram received a letter from Elijah the prophet which said: This is what the Lord the god of your father David says you have not follow the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or Asa king of Judah. But you have follow the ways of the kings of Israel and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers members of your own family men who were better than you. So now the Lord is about to strike your people your son’s your wives and everything that is yours with a heavy blow. You yourself will be very ill with a lingering disease of the bowels until the disease causes your bowels to come out. The Lord arose against Jehoram the hostility of the Philistines and of the Arabs who live near the Cushites. They attacked Judah invaded it and carried off the goods found in the king’s palace together with his sons and wives not a son was left to him except Ahaziah the youngest. After all this the Lord afflicted Jehoram with an incurable disease of the bowels. In course of time at the end of the second year his bowels came out because of his disease and he died in great pain.

    This is what happens when we do not listen to God and take matters into our own hands and commit sin like killing our brothers and sisters the curse is more than we can ever think of painful and death. Stay connected to God through prayer and fasting. WAR prayer has change me I was thinking that was OK doing the will of God. BUT God has open my eyes to see myself like he sees me and I didn’t like what I seen in myself it was apathy. But I thank God for war prayer I am not the same person I use to be.

  19. 2 Chronicles 21:6
    “But Jehoram followed the example of the kings of Israel and was as wicked as King Ahab, for he had married one of Ahab’s daughters. So Jehoram did what was evil in the LORD’S sight.” (NLT)
    “He imitated Israel’s kings and married into the Ahab dynasty. God considered him an evil man.” (MSG)

    The scripture that came to mind is 2 Cor. 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked (couple, fasten, attach, join) together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

    The issue with Jehoram was that he had joined and attached himself to an unbelieving wife and family. (The Ahab dynasty). This lead to his Spiritual downfall and evil ways.
    This should be a warning to us as God’s children, not to join or attach ourselves to unbelievers. Because most times, when we see a believing person “hang out with the wrong crowd” with an unbelieving person, the unbelieving person has a big influence on them, and this leads to the believing person’s Spirtual downfall.

    Be Careful, and Guard Your Heart.
    “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (NLT)

  20. 4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.

    Friendly fire.

    Wow to kill your own brothers. How sad. Yet we live in that world today. Family against family. Brothers against one another. How much more evil must the world get before God comes back? Don’t be caught in the friendly fire.

  21. 12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
    13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself:
    14 Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:
    15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

    This would have been the time to repent, if not sooner! However, this man obviously had a hard heart toward God and had married a woman with ungodly parents too. We cannot ignore the warnings of God – because to do so will bring destruction upon us and our family. We must keep our hearts soft before the Lord and be quick to respond with repentance, renew our minds and stay in this race! We must endure until the end to be saved.

  22. …Since Jehoram had abandoned GOD, the God of his ancestors, God was abandoning him. He even went so far as to build pagan sacred shrines in the mountains of Judah. He brazenly led Jerusalem away from God, seducing the whole country.

    When we lose focus on keeping God first in all we do there may be no end to how far we fall. I have lost focus on my relationship with God in the past. I never knew I could fall so far.

    Life is life for everybody. However, when we live for God, He is our strong tower and our help i the time of need. When our relationship with God is strained or non-existent there is no hope for tomorrow. This is not a good way to live. Sin is fun for a time – until we are required to pay the cost of our choices.

  23. 20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

    What kind of leader are you? Are you impacting lives like God has called us to do??

  24. 7 Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

    Jesus is a keeper of promises.

  25. 19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.

    20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

    You reap what you sow! What kind of bereavement will your loved ones show for you??? Only if you do good by them, respect them, lead them God’s way, and at the time of death they will show their love and respect. Otherwise, if you do wrong, you will die alone and without rites! Plant seeds of Live, Respect, Peace, Unity, and Love according to God’s will and you shall reap the same.

  26. 7 Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

    I’m standing on His promises!!

  27. “Then Elijah the prophet wrote Jehoram this letter: “This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: You have not followed the good example of your father, Jehoshaphat, or your grandfather King Asa of Judah.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭21:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    “Instead, you have been as evil as the kings of Israel. You have led the people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship idols, just as King Ahab did in Israel. And you have even killed your own brothers, men who were better than you.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭21:13 NLT

  28. I have been gone for awhile, I know that walking away fom God was detramental to not only my relationship with God but also my marraige, God does things the way he wants to, and walking away fro. Him because he didnt do something my way was wrong, and then doing sinful acts out of rebellion isnt going to change his way of doing things or answering prayers, its time to stand up and admit my short comings even though he knows all and sees all…its time for me to REPENT and come home and build my relationship with God and My Husband and get backbin the church. Its not easy ytrying to fit in Where you no longer belong! Its not easy especially when you know the TRUTH! Repentance is the key!

  29. 2 Chronicles 21:20 (NLT)
    20 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he died. They buried him in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.

    We all light up the room. The question is when? When we walk in? Or is it when we leave the room?

    Choosing to follow Jesus and do his will results in favor with God and man. Also blessings and a good heritage.

    The opposite results in people praising the Lord that you have finally left.

    Choose Jesus.

  30. We have to treat people the way we want to be treated and keep in mind that our testimony and how we live our lives is our greatest soul winning tool and thats our purpose on this earth.

  31. And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.

  32. Jehoram’s disease comes on him as a direct judgment from God for his idolatry. Though his father is the godly Jehosaphat, Jehoram is influenced by his wife, the pagan daughter of Ahab and probably Jezebel. In a letter from the prophet Elijah, God lists the sins of Jehoram to them, in graphic language, describes the disease that will eventually kill him. He doesn’t specify what the disease is but it could have been related to dysentery, a common ailment at that time, or a cancerous attack on his intestinal system. Jehoram dies in “great pain” (vs19) which is sad in itself. However, in his memorial that follows is a sadder still indictment of a man who refused to follow the God of his people: “He passed away, to no one’s regret.” (vs20)

  33. “Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.” The word of God (Jesus) records it was the king/leader/ruler. One should seriously consider what comes out of the pen or mouth of a king/leader/ruler. One should also be mindful of the fact that the Judge (Jesus) takes note of whom one supports, which includes the actions of any that oppose the word of God. Dear God, reveal and remove deceptive and corrupt kings/leaders/rulers. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  34. “Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods”. Jehoram’s sin cost not only himself but many others as well. We should also be mindful and prayerful of what we do, as it could likewise cost another; therefore we should willing ask the Lord for his help and guidance. God help us to see self as you do, and change what may be necessary to please you, in Jesus name.

  35. And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.(2 Chronicles 21:15 KJV)

    This heavy blow dealt by the Lord is a judgment in response to the wickedness the people have turned to in order to make them realize their need to repent. Jehosaphat’s alliance with Ahab and Jehoram’s marriage to Athaliah serve to clearly show us the dangers of associating with those who would turn us away from following God wholeheartedly. The Lord wants us to himself serving him with our whole heart.

  36. 6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord.

    It matters who you associate or come into ties with. We are wise to choose our connections, circle of friends and spouse in a way that will lead you closer to to God. There is a tremendous power in influence.

  37. 20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

    Judgement is coming to all of us, are we ready?
    King Jwho the world more than God.

  38. God put up with so much with these heathen kings for the sake of the covenant he made with David. What a picture of God’s grace! It would behoove us to remember this. Just because we mess up does not mean God is against us. On the contrary, his mercy is ever more present. The purpose of the cross was redemption. Once we receive the gift of God, he fights for us. Mistakes happen. Sin happens. We must remember the cross and move forward in sanctification. The practice of sin is the danger. Once it becomes a habit, then we are in danger. Until then, we have a covenant with God through Christ.

    We Pentecostals are quick to forget the cross after we get the Holy Spirit. God forgave us of so much when we came to the cross. Why would he stop there? He knew every sin we would commit after he saved us. He still saved us. We who were ungodly, are now justified by faith. I want to encourage the person who is beat up with guilt and condemnation. You are free in Christ. No amount of rules and standards will prevent you from failing short of God’s righteousness. Only God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit can do that. Give what you struggle with to Jesus and allow him to sanctify you through his Spirit, for where His spirit is, there is liberty.

  39. “Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭21:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    He led he people right into what the came out of. When you gain victory you have to maintain the victory that you gain. If you don’t continue to walk in victory hen you might slip farther than you imagined.

  40. 7 Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.
    God will always keep His promises

  41. “And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king’s house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭21:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Although this king was terrible and God would have usually destroyed the entire line, He made a promise to David. With that promise he saved the youngest of sons to live. The reason? The younger you are the easier it is to mold you out of one way of thinking (being) to God’s way. The old we are the more stuck we are in our own ways.

  42. 6But Jehoram followed the example of the kings of Israel and was as wicked as King Ahab, for he had married one of Ahab’s daughters. So Jehoram did what was evil in the LORD’s sight.

    Even though parents can set the example to follow God, he chose unrighteousness. As parents we can only do so much, bet eventually each child makes there own choice when grow

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