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The fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not make war with Jehoshaphat. Some Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and silver as tribute, and the Arabs brought him flocks: seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred goats. 2 Chronicles 17:10-11

King Jehoshaphat was the great great great great grandson of King David. He was a good king, following the footsteps of his father King Asa, his grand father King Abijah and forefather King David.

2 Chronicles chapter 17 talks of King Jehoshaphat's reign in detail. In verses 3-6 we read:

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways his father David had followed. He did not consult the Baals but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. The Lord established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor. His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.

Not only that;  King Jehoshaphat also made sure the people are trained in the ways of the Lord by establishing learned teachers all over Judah to teach the citizens the Law of the Lord verse 9). God granted him peace by making sure no one made war against Judah during King Jehoshaphat's reign.

What is the lesson for us from this? Well, I am reminded of the Scripture, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33) This is exactly what King Jehoshaphat did, and the Lord blessed him with much wealth, peace and power beyond measure!

1 Response
  1. amma Says:

    Remove the idols in your life, learn the Word of God and teach the Word of God to your people. Then you will receive the sevenfold blessings, the greatest of them all being the seven times seventy forgiveness of your sins.
    Psalm 119:165 says,
    "Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble."

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