Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 51 Friday

II Kings chapter 3

King Jehoshaphat of Judah received a request from King Jehoram of Israel to go to war with him. He agreed to commit Judah's troops to fight alongside Israel's troops against Moab just as he had agreed with Jehoram's father, King Ahab, to go to war against Syria a few years earlier. They were joined by the King of Edom also.

Does God issue any commands?

  • Through Elisha God commanded the forces of Judah, Israel, and Edom to dig ditches throughout the valley.

Does God make any promises?

  • Through Elisha God promised to deliver Moab into the hands of the three kings and their armies.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Elisha would only answer the questions of the three kings because he noted that the king of Judah, the descendant of David, was among them. God will only answer our prayers when He notes that King Jesus, the descendant of David, is among us.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The enemy of our souls always treats us as though we are his friends but he has no love or regard for us and would sacrifice us at a moment's notice. This will be the case until the end. He will deceive many to follow him into battle against the King but all will be sacrificed in vain for his cause. This is well pictured in this chapter by the sacrifice made by the king of Moab of his own son and heir to the throne.

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