October 6, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for 2 Chronicles 16-20
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Context: In today’s reading, we see the end of the reign of Asa, king of Judah, and the reign of his son Jehoshaphat. Asa was a good king, however, in chapter 16, Asa turns to Syria for protection instead of to the Lord. Asa was rebuked by a prophet, and Asa ignored the prophet. Asa further turned from the Lord during his final days, relying on physicians to heal instead of turning to the Lord. Jehoshaphat was also a good king, walking with the Lord. Jehoshaphat also led a revival during his reign, a revival greater than the one under his father. Jehoshaphat sent out the Levites to preach to all the people. Jehoshaphat also entered into an alliance with Ahab, king of Israel, by marrying Ahab’s daughter, engaging in a market alliance, and engaging in a military alliance. None of the joint ventures between Jehoshaphat and Ahab worked out for the better. Although Jehoshaphat survived the battle Ahab started, it was not the Lord’s plan for Jehoshaphat to go to war. Yet, God allowed him to go and make the mistake, only rebuking him for it later. God allows us to make mistakes so that He can teach us. Sometimes, lessons must be learned the hard way! The next time Jehoshaphat faces war, he turns to the Lord and listens to what He says.
World History: Ahab, if you remember from the book of Kings, was an evil king, completely opposed to the Lord God. He was married to Jezebel, worshipped Baal, and attempted to have Elijah killed on many occasions. The Lord did not bless the relationship between Jehoshaphat and Ahab because Ahab stood against Him.