READING THE BOOK OF Second Chronicles CHAPTER Eighteen.
But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?”. (2 Chronicles 18:6 NIV).
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Historical Commentary.– In a moment of weakness Jehoshaphat rashly promisedto join the king of Israel in a war against the Syrians, his best judgment led him to seek the will of God’s about the endeavour. The prophet’s word should have been enough to tell the kings that their plans did not have the favor of Heaven, but neither of the rulers was inclined to hear the warning. Ahab had already made a plan, and he was determined to follow it. moreover, Jehoshaphat had already given his word of honor: “We will join you in war” (2 Chronicles 18:3), and after making such a promise, he did not want to withdraw his forces (PR 144, 145).
First mistake: Choosing to join in “unequal yoke“ .- When Jehoshaphat enjoyed wealth and prosperity, he neglected his relationship with the source of all blessings, and became a family member of Ahab and Jezebel when he allowed his son Joram to married Athaliah, the daughter of these idolatrous kings. Jehoshaphat’s excuse for organizing the marriage, was to strengthen the northern-borders against the Assyrian empire and avoid an invasion. However, today, we confirm that nothing justifies disobedience to God.
Second mistake: not obeying the divine instruction.- Recklessly Jehoshaphat agrees to join the army of Ahab to go to Ramoth Gilead. To appease his conscience, he sought a prophet to know if God approved of this battle. Despite receiving divine disapproval, Jehoshaphat did not flinch about the endeavor and went to war, with disastrous consequences. Only God’s merciful grace prevented Jehoshaphat to died in battle.
God of mercy and opportunities. We implore you to keep us away from your
grace. Grant us the strength not to prioritize our will regardless of your disapproval. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.