And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments and after the doings of Israel. (verses 3-4)
Does God issue any commands?
No, but we see the king leading the people to follow commands that God had given as far back as the time of Moses.
Does God make any promises?
- Because Jehoshaphat followed the commands of the LORD he was blessed by God as God had promised in the law. Rulers that led in righteousness received honor from God and their nations experienced peace just as God said they would.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- The testimony of Jehoshaphat, that he walked in the first ways of his father David . . . and sought the LORD God, and walked in his commandments is also the testimony of Jesus.
- The nations feared the LORD so they brought presents and tribute to the king of Judah. One day all the nations of the world will acknowledge the King with tribute and honor.
- Jehoshaphat sent the priests with the scriptures among all the cities teaching the word of God. Jesus likewise sent His disciples from city to city proclaiming God's word.
- Amasiah the son of Zichri willingly offered himself unto the LORD. Jesus did the same on Calvary. Their assignments were different but their motives were the same. Each did as God willed.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- The righteous kingdom of Jehoshaphat among all of the nations is a type of the future earthly kingdom of Christ.