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Proper Solution

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Proper Solution

  1. 1. Proper solution to a man-made problem<br />2 Chronicles 20<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Jehoshaphat<br />An official under David and Solomon (2 Sam. 8:16).<br />A son of Paruah and an official responsible for supplying food for King Solomon’s table (1 Kin. 4:17). <br />A son of Asa who succeeded his father as king of Judah (1 Kin. 15:24). <br />Jehoshaphat was 35 years old when he became king, and he reigned 25 years in Jerusalem (2 Chr. 20:31), from about 873 b.c. to about 848 b.c.<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Jehoshaphat<br />Jehoshaphat’s faith in God led him to “delight in the ways of the Lord” (2 Chr. 17:6). <br />He attacked pagan idolatry and he sent teachers to the people to teach them more about God (2 Chr. 17:6–9). <br />But in his dealings with Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoshaphat made some serious mistakes. <br />3<br />
  4. 4. God’s People in Danger 2 Chronicles 20<br />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 isEngedi. <br />4<br />
  5. 5. The Problem<br />Moabites<br />Ammonites<br />Judah<br />Others<br />Great Multitude<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Reaction to the Problem<br />3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  <br />4 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. <br />6<br />
  7. 7. Reaction to the Problem<br />Jehoshaphat Feared<br />Proclaimed a Fast<br />Judah gathered together<br />Judah came to seek the Lord<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Reaction to the Problem<br />Usual Reaction:<br />Mustering of Troops<br />Come up with a quick and effective counterstrike<br />Strengthen the fighting force (not fast)<br />Jehoshaphat’s reaction:<br />Obtain the favor of God (2 Chron 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.) <br />8<br />
  9. 9. Reaction to the Problem<br />3 And Jehoshaphat feared:<br />He was conscious of his guilt<br />Those that have least sin are the most sensible of it. <br />His holy fear drove him to prayer and preparation.<br />and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  <br />9<br />
  10. 10. Reaction to the Problem<br />3 and set himself to seek the LORD<br />so as to find Him<br />to find favour with Him<br />with fixedness of thought<br />with sincerity of intention<br />with the utmost vigour and resolution to continue seeking him. <br />10<br />
  11. 11. Reaction to the Problem<br />3 and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.<br />National proclamation .<br />A day of humiliation and prayer.<br />A national day of confession<br />A day of self denial – “not even deserving to eat”  <br />11<br />
  12. 12. Reaction to the Problem<br />4 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. <br />as beggars at God’s door<br />with their wives and children<br />&quot;Lord, we are indeed a provoking people, that deserve to be abandoned to ruin; but here are little ones that are innocent, let not them perish in the storm.’’<br />12<br />
  13. 13. God’s Promises Recalled<br />6 And (Jehoshaphat) said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulestnot thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?<br />13<br />
  14. 14. God’s Promises Recalled<br />6 And (Jehoshaphat) said<br />It was Jehoshaphat leading the prayer.<br />He did not delegate the prayer to the chaplains.<br />He prayed himself, not a prayer request<br />14<br />
  15. 15. God’s Promises Recalled<br />6  art not thou God in heaven? and rulestnot thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?<br />Jehoshaphat acknowledges the Sovereign dominion of Divine Providence<br />Is not thy dominion, supreme over kingdoms themselves, and universal, over all kingdoms, even those of the heathen that know thee not? <br />Lord, exert it on our behalf. Glorify thy own omnipotence.’’<br />15<br />
  16. 16. God’s Promises Recalled<br />7 Art not thou our God…<br />Who else do we go to?<br />Who else should we trust?<br />who else should we depend upon?<br />16<br />
  17. 17. God’s Promises Recalled<br />7 …who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?<br />You were the one who gave us this land<br />You are the one responsible for our salvation<br />James 2:23 - And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. <br />We are the seed of Abraham<br />17<br />
  18. 18. God’s Promises Recalled<br />7 …who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?<br />You gave us this land, don’t let anybody take it away.<br />18<br />
  19. 19. God’s Promises Recalled<br />If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.<br />Prayer of Solomon<br />2 Ch 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Summary – Solution to a Man-Made Problem<br />Obtain the favor of God first<br />Be aware of Holy Fear (look for un-confesedsin)<br />Seek the Lord <br />Accept helplessness when apart from God<br />Pray yourself first before requesting from others<br />Recall God’s promises and claim them<br />When praying, focus on God, not on the problem<br />20<br />

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