Does God issue any commands?
- Following King Jehoshaphat's return from his allied battle with Ahab against the king of Syria (and in which King Ahab had been killed) God sent Jehu, the son of Hanani to rebuke him. (See 16:7-10 for the message Jehu's father delivered to Jehoshaphat's father, Asa) Thankfully for both Jehu and Jehoshaphat, the king did not react to the seer's rebuke the way his father had! The command given to Jehoshaphat was that he should not help the ungodly who openly hate the LORD.
- Through Jehoshaphat God reminded the judges of the people that their justice should be fairly given because their overseer was not a man (presumably Jehoshaphat) but God Himself. The judges were also to warn those who stood before them that they were to testify truthfully because God was watching them as well.
Does God make any promises?
- In speaking to the judges about not perverting justice Jehoshaphat reviewed standards God had given in the Pentateuch. Those who corrupted judgment would be judged by God. Those who delivered justice would be honored and esteemed by God.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Jesus is the Righteous Judge.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet future events?
- Jehoshaphat installed judges and priests to rule righteously over the people in the stead of God. The Bible teaches that the righteous will rule and reign with Christ in His Kingdom.