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Standing Still and Watching God Work is Difficult

Monday, May 15, 2017 11:48
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Theology and Politics from a Conservative, Biblical Perspective

Jehoshaphat was not a perfect man or king. He made mistakes as all of us do. None of us can claim to be perfect because that state does not exist with humans before God, at least on this side of eternity. Once this life is over, all authentic Christians will have their individual sin natures removed and we will never again have any desire to sin or to move away from fellowship with God. The possibility will not even come up.

In 2 Chronicles 20, we learn a great deal about King Jehoshaphat, king over the southern kingdom of Israel, Judah. We learn how he responded to a build-up of warriors and armies that were planning to come against Judah. Note his first response was to fear as any of us would. But also note his immediate second response (v. 3).

1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. – 2 Chronicles 20:1-3, KJV

Verses 1 and 2 explain what was happening. Moab, Ammon, and others decided to come against Jehoshaphat for war. This was a common practice in ancient civilizations between empires or nations where leaders were always trying to expand their territories. In fact, several places in the Bible point to the spring of each year as the time when warring nations went to battle. One example is found in 2 Samuel 11:1.

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle… – ESV

You’ll recall this narrative goes onto discuss King David and the fact that he remained home, sending Joab in his place. By staying home, he wound up getting into huge trouble, first by lusting after Bathsheba, then sleeping and impregnating her, then in a paltry attempt to hide his sin, he has Bathsheba’s husband Uriah the Hittite murdered while in battle.

Why did kings and warriors choose the spring time for warring? Simply put it was due to the fact that the spring of each year provided the rains, which allowed water reserves to fill back up. The rains also caused the grass to grow. Warring armies needed to be able to feed and water their horses, so it would have been asinine to go out and fight during the summer months when there was less water and due to heat, the wild grasses were turning brown. It was not an option to carry enough water and feed for animals while going out to fight war. The same applies to the winter months. Spring time was the best for fighting and defending.

So Jehoshaphat had a problem. He was told that “a multitude” was coming against him. As any of us would, he feared, but it is important to note that he did not allow his fear to immobilize him or cause him to do something rash. Verse 3 tells us that even though he feared, he did something that all God-fearing people should do. He cast himself on the Lord (v. 3). He went even further by announcing that everyone in Judah should begin a fast to seek the Lord. Verse 4 of 2 Chronicles 20 tells us the response of the people of Judah.

And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. – KJV

The people had enough respect for Jehoshaphat to obey his words. Everywhere, from all over Judah, people came to seek the Lord. They began fasting and focused on what the Lord’s will might be. Jehoshaphat was the example of what to do. He didn’t simply order the people to do something that he was not inclined to do. He actually began to seek the Lord first and called on the people of Judah to follow him in seeking God’s face in order to determine His will.

Verses 5 through 12 reveal Jehoshaphat’s words to the gathered people of Judah. In this way, while being the king over Judah, he also acts like a high priest who leads the people in prayer before the Living God. In his prayer, he reminds the people of just how gracious and loving God has been toward them over the years. He reminds them of the miracles God performed in chasing out God’s enemies before the people.

Verse 12 is poignant for it reveals to us Jehoshaphat’s humble heart before the Lord. It also indicates that Jehoshaphat knew and understood that without God, the people of Judah were powerless.

O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. – KJV

The honesty in Jehoshaphat’s prayer is clear. He understands the power resident in the large armies that are coming to overthrow and decimate Judah. He admits that he doesn’t know what to do. Sure, they could go and fight, but would they win? Not without God’s ordained power and might in and through them.

Because of Jehoshaphat’s humility before Israel’s God, God sent His Spirit to speak through a young man named Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, a Levite (v. 14). His words, as prompted by God’s Spirit, were uplifting and filled with promise. In fact, Jahaziel prefaced his words with “Thus saith the Lord,” not something done lightly by any Israelite during Old Testament times. If the words he spoke eventually turned out to be wrong, he could lose his life through stoning because he would ultimately have been lying. According to the Mosaic Law, any individual who spoke prophetically but said things that ultimately did not come true, was required to be put to death (Deuteronomy 13:1-15; 18:20).

So for Jahaziel to speak in the Name of the Lord was a huge responsibility. What he said was that God would gain the victory.

15b…Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. – KJV

Again, this is what God’s Spirit prompted Jahaziel to say. Focus in on verse 17. God was saying to Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah that…

  1. they would not need to fight
  2. they should simply stand still
  3. they would see God work on their behalf

That is a tall order for any God-fearing person, isn’t it? It is very difficult sometimes to stand still and do nothing else. But in this case, their standing still would be evidence of their complete faith and trust in God and His promised victory! Sometimes, standing still is the only thing we can do when we are not sure of God’s will. However, God revealed His will to the people through Jahaziel. God told them what He was going to do and because of what He was going to do, the people should simply stand and watch God work.

This is not a rule that Christians are to apply to their lives in every circumstance, but there are times when we may be in the dark about how God is going to work something out. In those cases, we must trust God that He will reveal His will in His time and trust that His will is the best even though we do not have foreknowledge of what His will is going to be.

In such a circumstance or situation, it is difficult to continue to exercise faith in God when we are unsure of the direction that He wants us to go. Jahaziel’s next admonition is something we can and should use as well, especially in those times where we are unclear of His direction.

In verse 18, Jehoshaphat leads the way in prostrating himself before the Lord God. All of Judah gathered with him followed suit. Verse 19 tells us that the Levites began to praise the God of Israel “with a loud voice on high.”

The very next day, as the people went out to take up positions against those coming against them, Jehoshaphat reminded them to “believe” the Lord God (v. 20). Then, verse 21 tells us that Jehoshaphat appointed singers to sing to and praise the Lord. We see the results of this in verse 22.

And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. – KJV

In this case, the people praised God for His mercy, for His will, for His victory and salvation and God smote all who were gathered against them.

Praise is a very powerful thing. It is designed to help Christians take the focus off of ourselves and onto God, Most High. We should do this for no other reason than He is God and He knows what is best for us. We should want His will and His will only in our lives. Anything else is less than and should be avoided and repulsed. For every Christian, it should be God’s way or no way. Self will do whatever it can to strive to be and remain on the throne. Through praise, we release ourselves from Self’s hold and turn toward God.

What are you facing that is causing you fear? What in your life needs to be let go through praise? We cannot be praising God and still wishing for our own way, can we?

Theology and Politics from a Conservative, Biblical Perspective



Source: https://studygrowknowblog.com/2017/05/15/standing-still-and-watching-god-work-is-difficult/

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  • goastdale

    123’s of true Christianity v popular & damnable heresies
    (simply because you “confess” it does not mean you actually are, the devil has deceived many of his own children to believe they are Christians 2Tim 3:5)
    #1 “ONE” not triune: THE ANTI CHRIST….WHERE? WHERE?….EVERYWHERE!!! …..IT”S YOU O TRINITARIAN!

    “WHO” it was (what person) that came “IN THE FLESH”, IS THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE “ANT-CHRIST”! Even Islam claims Jesus was the Jewish messiah/Christ who was to come in the flesh) they all deny “WHO” it was (what person) that came (to be the Christ) in the flesh!?!…….To deny the father is to deny the son because they are one and the same person that came in the flesh! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/part-6-anti-christ-where-everywhere-allen-daves?trk=mp-reader-card

    JOHN 14: 8-20 where Christ specifically identifies himself (his person as the person of both the father and the HS; the only distinction is in “location” and “method of manifestation” …….Note Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: …: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, … the everlasting Father ….The son, father/Holy Spirit are all the same person, NOT like two different persons working together even as “one flesh” ….The “oneness” between Christ and the father is not comparable to a man & his wife, for only a fool would say “When you have seen me you have seen my wife, how sayest thou then, Shew us your wife?” Notice they asked to see THE FATHER and the response was Jn 14:9 ..“HAVE I BEEN SO LONG time with you, and yet hast THOU NOT KNOW ME, Philip…..Now image some fool trying to claim that statement if you asked to see his wife!?!!? You want to see the FATHER but have I been with you but you don’t know me!?!?! https://www.scribd.com/doc/305367608/The-Trinity-Heresy

    Jn 14 continued….…………..17. Even THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH; (Jn 14:6 I AM the way, THE TRUTH,) whom the world cannot receive, .. for HE DEWLLETH WITH YOU, (present tense/standing next to them in the flesh) and SHALL BE IN YOU… (future tense “In them”) 18. I will not leave you comfortless: I WILL COME TO YOU (future tense “In them”) Note: The spirit of Christ is the sprit of God and the holy spirit that is why Christ said “I will come to you” (to comfort them, because Christ is the comforter). The spirit was standing next to them in flesh… ….latter it would come to them to be inside of them (inside of their flesh as the spirit we are given)…..that is why. he would send the spirit…… However, Jesus himself here makes the point that the same person who was the HOLY SPIRIT that would come was standing next to them but lets them know “I will come to you again to be Inside of you”

    The whole point to Gal 3:20.a mediator is NOT A MEDIATOR OF ONE, (HEIS) but GOD IS ONE. (HEIS) again, point blank, identifies the number of persons of God! The “but” points out the contrast between multiple persons in a mediation party v the “one” of God. God is not like a mediation party with multiple different persons. …..”the express image of his person” ( the person of God; singular not plural).Any attempt to lay claim otherwise is willful ignorance and delusional nonsense https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/part-1-echadechadmy-godgod-echad-allen-daves?trk=mp-reader-card

    NOTE: don’t be that one in prov 26:12 over my use of the word “fool” here prov 18:13 (https://www.scribd.com/presentation/322007258/Fools ) “But but, the gospel of John…the Gospel of John …look look…” which is quite ironic since the gospel of John does not leave ANY room for multiple different persons of Jesus and father. However the gospel of John does leave a few verses that facilitate God’s promise in 2 Thess 2:11/ Isaiah 66:4 (take note of “HAND” in verse 2,14..You just can’t make this stuff up…God is surely laughing at these fools; Ps 2:1&4)

    ……Mark 12:28…Which is the first commandment of all? 29. …Hear, O Israel; THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD: 30. And ………..this is the first commandment….. 31. And the second is…..
    JESUS IS GOD AND IS THE FULLFILMENT OF ALL THE LAW AND PROPHETS SO IF YOU CAN’T GET THIS “FIRST OF ALL COMMANDMENTS” RIGHT, ALL THE REST OF YOUR “FAITH” AND PREACHING ON SIN IS MOOT

    TRINITARIANS CONFESS JESUS /THEY ARE NOT POLYTHEIST BUT ARE MONOTHEIST LIKE A LIAR & THIEF WHO “CONFESS” THEY DO NOT LIE OR STEAL The simple fact is that just because you confess or deny that you are in an adulterous relationship and denounce all forms of adultery has nothing to do with whether or not it is in fact adulterous! .. …A rose by any other name is still just a rose AND calling it a water lily does not change the definition of what a water Lilly or a rose is either!…No, Trinitarians confess & preach literally …”ANOTHER JESUS” 2 Cor 11:4

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/part-2-pgs-91-101-chapter-eight-lets-talk-us-allen-daves?trk=mp-reader-card

    - Like a thief in your house caught stealing your things insisting he was not there stealing “I CONFESS I am NOT stealing”. You just do not “properly understand” what he is doing/saying. Further, since you never had a “proper understanding” of what he is doing/saying you have no business accusing him since you do not even know what you are talking about in the first place. It is with and in your own ignorance that you base your “false accusations” & “ad homonym attacks” against him…… Ridiculous of course it is ……2Thess 2:11; Titus 1:16; 2Tim 3:5;

    - A Favorite tool for pathological liars is to use incongruent definitions or create oxymorons out of synonyms such as “a person” and “a being” so as to claim that your god is THREE DIFFERENT PERSONS but ONLY ONE BEING: Which is (1) no different then trying to claim that “THREE DIFFERENT CARS” is “THE ONE VEHICLE” (2) blatant demonstration of the dishonesty & sorcery these children of hell will employ with “a strait face” (which is in part what it means to be a pathological liar)
    ……but, ah i remember how this game is played… “God is three in one” (or 1in 3 or 3in one et al) should have given you a hint, harking back to Satan in The garden…God said you will die…Satan comes along and states no you will be more WISE……today .God said He is one; but Satan’s children come along and say no three is more WISE and humble in the face of God’s grandeur only “a mystery” that can be understood “in faith”. God uses head and right arm to explain the distinctions between father and son.. However, the Trinitarian heretics say to the effect: “NO, that is just a figure of speech, or that is not what God really means. What God is really saying is that God is three different persons”. Fools, hypocrites and blind guides, God said he was One and by your traditions and vain imaginations have taken the words of God and made them of no effect, refashioning God into your image!

    You can download the complete FREE book from
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/305367608/The-Trinity-Heresy
    OR
    https://www.academia.edu/23463667/THE_TRINITY_HERESY

    http://www.scribd.com/user/249756770/Allen-Daves

    independent.academia.edu/AllenDaves

    https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/0_0wXAPxHFpV6o3_6erj3ZFe?trk=prof-sm

    #2 SECOND COMING Thou Fool! “I come quickly” so “Hold fast
    till i come”… NOT …“in another 2000 yrs I might be coming soon any time now, so hold fast”!?! …those that deny the second coming of Christ in the war of AD70 are practicing a damnable heresy in denying the lord that bought them ( 2Peter 2:1-2 ;2Tim 4:8/ you cant love an appearing you deny& the context is the 2nd coming not the first)… Mat 7:23..”I NEVER KNEW YOU” …..Mat 10:33. But whosoever shall deny me before men……..sound familiar?…. If I said I am coming to your house in this generation when these things happen but no one knows the day or hour what fool would think I might be coming in 2000 years latter!?!? ..2 Tim 4: 4. And
    they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be TURNED UNTO FABLES.
    2Thess 2: 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    DOWNLOAD FREE THE ENTIRE 480PG BOOK AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/305366745/Revelation-the-First-Gospel-of-the-Kingdom

    or

    https://www.academia.edu/23464127/REVELATION_THE_FIRST_GOSPEL_OF_THE_KINGDOM

    #3 There is a sharp contrast between THREE groups :

    (1) “PREDESTINED DAMNED” who were NEVER written in the book of life ………..Rev 17: 8 WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, …as contrasted …EPH 1: 4. According as he hath CHOSEN US in him BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD

    (2) “MANY CALLED”= ONLY and ALL SAINTS (those who come to Christ) are written in the book of life … Philippians 4:3… ……Rev 21:27; (Only saints are Called and elect; Rom 1:6-7 et al) This is THE CHRUCH and ONLY these can have their names blotted out of the book of life ….….Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and CHURCH of the firstborn … WHICH ………are WRITTEN in heaven,

    (3) THE FEW CHOSEN: Those saints who were alive in group #2 who are now physically dead. They died “faithful” these are the FEW that were chosen faithful…….Rev 3:5. ……; and I
    will not BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, (Ps 69:28) …. These are the FEW that are CHOSEN and now that they have died and are saved then “once saved THEY CAN NEVER BE LOST”

    Predestination….its true..its all true…download here

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/306868420/Most-True-Christians-Go-to-Hell

    https://www.academia.edu/25217564/Most_True_Christains_Go_to_Hell

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