King Jehoshaphat shared his dedication and faith in God with his people. He knew the essence of the presence of God’s people here on earth is to be sent ones for God. Are you going? Are you going to share and build up others in the knowledge of the Lord?
1 Jehoshaphat his son succeeded Asa as king and strengthened himself against Israel.
3 The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals 4 but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. 5 The Lord established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor. 6 His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.
7 In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah. 8 With them were certain Levites—Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah—and the priests Elishama and Jehoram. 9 They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the Lord; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.
10 The fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not go to war against Jehoshaphat.
2Chronicles 17:1, 3-10
What impresses me about Jehoshaphat is that he shared his dedication and faith in God with his people. He sent his officials, Levites, and priests out to teach the people God’s laws. He passed it on.
Jehoshaphat understood that the essence of the presence of God’s people here on earth is to be sent ones for God. And so he sent them. Back in the day, churches would send the Sunday School bus around to pick up the kids in the neighbourhood to go to church. Lucy remembers the big purple bus her Nanna’s church had. They knew that some of those kids would never cross the threshold of the church apart from that bus.
Are you going? You already know that you are sent, because that’s what Jesus commanded in Matthew 28: Go! Make disciples – help more people follow Jesus. Are you going? Are you going to share and build up others in the knowledge of the Lord?
Notice the outcome of Jehoshaphat’s work: the fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdoms around them. Why? Because the gates of hell will not prevail against the church of God (Matthew 16:18). If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? When God’s people receive the good news of God’s love and care and grace and strength, they rise up and soar like eagles.
When we are not afraid and when we are standing on the promises of God, people around us will see our faith and be attracted to desire it for themselves. And the enemies of God will lose their footing – whether human or spirit, God’s enemies will shrink back when we are living within his will in his power in his strength.
Yet this is a truth that is passed on by sent ones. So will you go?