What can we learn from the life of Jehoshaphat?
2 Kings 12:18
ESV - 18 Jehoash king of Judah took all the sacred gifts that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah his fathers, the kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own sacred gifts, and all the gold that was found in the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king's house, and sent these to Hazael king of Syria. Then Hazael went away from Jerusalem.
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God was with Jehoshaphat. Men always prosper when God is with them, and God is always with them if they will walk in the first ways of David. (2Chr. 17:3). It was an unusual expression referring to the ways of David in the early part of his life and reign, before he sinned with Bathsheba, had Uriah killed, and tried to number the people (2Sam. 11-12 and 2Sam. 24). Jehoshaphat was the second good king of Judah after the division of the kingdom (2Chr. 17:3-13). Twenty-two Things Jehoshaphat Did Right 1. He walked in the first ways of David. 2. Didn't seek Baal (2Chr. 17:3). 3. Sought the Lord (2Chr. 17:4). 4. Walked in the commandments. 5. Walked not in the doings of Israel (referring to the ten tribes). 6. Lifted his heart up in the ways of God (2Chr. 17:6). 7. Took away the high places in Judah. 8. Took away the asherahs in Judah (2Chr. 17:6; 19:3) Asherah (H842) was worshiped as the wife of Baal in Canaanite mythology (False god) 9. Sent teaching princes, Levites and priests, to all the cities of Judah (2Chr. 17:7-9). 10. Inquired of God (2Chr. 18:4,6). 11. Prepared his heart to seek God (2Chr. 19:3). 12. Brought Israel back to God (2Chr. 19:4). 13. Set judges in all cities (2Chr. 19:5). 14. Charged the judges to judge righteous judgment (2Chr. 19:6-7). 15. Gave the priests and Levites their proper place (2Chr. 19:8). 16. Charged them to fear God and be faithful in all judgment (2Chr. 19:9-11). 17. Proclaimed a fast and prayed when his people were in danger (2Chr. 20:3-17). 18. Exhorted his army to have faith and sing and praise God in battle (2Chr. 20:18-28). 19. Walked in the good way of Asa his father, and departed not from it (2Chr. 20:32). 20. Did that which was right in the sight of the Lord (2Chr. 20:32). 21. Made peace with Israel (1Ki. 22:44). 22. Removed the sodomites out of the land (1Ki. 22:46).
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