Second Chronicles 19 Commentary
As expected, Jehoshaphat’s marriage of convenience with Ahab didn’t go well with the LORD. He is sharply rebuked by the prophet Jehu. Unlike his father King Asa, Jehoshaphat responds by turning to the LORD.
Let not a moment of sin put you out permanently. This seems to be the point here. Jehoshaphat gets back to the ministry of evangelism within his kingdom. He goes around his kingdom encouraging his subjects to have the fear of the LORD.
And the prophet Jehu? Well, he had just delivered the LORD’s message to the Christian. He could afford a good night’s sleep at home. In chapter 16, we saw how Jehoshaphat’s father, King Asa, locked up the prophet Hanani for delivering a similar rebuke. And yesterday, we saw how the prophet Micaiah was locked up for delivering the LORD’s word to King Ahab.
Not all missions of the LORD have the same endings for the prophet. As the saint obeys and delivers the message, the LORD is worshipped. But the prophets themselves have varying nights after delivering the word; a night at home in peace, or a night in shame, or a night in chains away from home, or a night in ridicule, or a night nursing wounds from a beating, or a night in heaven because of a beheading. Regardless, it is always a night in peaceful contemplation of the generosity of the LORD who brings them the rare privilege to worship the LORD in this manner.
It is interesting that the king has appointed judges just after his own moments of poor judgment. He encourages these judges to have the fear of the LORD as they work. This is beautiful! A forgiven saint must sit down and reorganize their lives. Appoint godly principles to run your life. And may the LORD be with those who do well.
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