Growing in the likeness of Christ. Fruit of the Spirit. Lesson 7 – Faithfulness 2 Chronicles 20:1-30 1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them otherbeside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. 2Then 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 inHazazontamar, which is Engedi. 3And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fastthroughout all Judah. 4And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the citiesof Judah they came to seek the LORD. 5And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in thehouse of the LORD, before the new court, 6And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? andrulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none isable to withstand thee? 7Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy peopleIsrael, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 8And they dwelt therein, and have built thee asanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 9If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, orfamine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in ouraffliction, then thou wilt hear and help. 10And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whomthou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, anddestroyed them not; 11Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hastgiven us to inherit. 12O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company thatcometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. 13And all Judah stood before the LORD,with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite ofthe sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; 15And he said, Hearken ye, allJudah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nordismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16To morrow go ye down againstthem: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wildernessof Jeruel. 17Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORDwith you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will bewith you. 18And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants ofJerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. 19And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and ofthe children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high. 20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth,Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, soshall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 21And when he had consulted with the people, heappointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army,and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. 22And when they began to sing and to praise, theLORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah;and they were smitten. 23For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir,utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped todestroy another. 24And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude,and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. 25And when Jehoshaphat and his peoplecame to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, andprecious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three daysin gathering of the spoil, it was so much. 26And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley ofBerachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley ofBerachah, unto this day. 27Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefrontof them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies. 28And theycame to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD. 29And the fear of God was onall the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel. 30Sothe realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about. *****Our society is becoming increasingly self-centered. People quickly discard spouses, friends andpromises if they outlive their usefulness. Faithfulness applies only to one person – me! But whenthe Spirit develops this fruit in our lives, the results are quite different. *****
Discussion Questions1. Are there any areas of your life that you don’t want to turn over to God? Why do you hold on to these?2. Examine Jehoshaphat’s prayer (vv. 6-12). On what basis does he appeal to God for help?3. How would Jehoshaphat’s view of God encourage him and the people to trust God in this crisis?4. Think about what you mentioned in Q1 – those areas hard to hand over to God.How can God’s power and his faithfulness in the past encourage you to trust him in these areas?5. Now, consider God’s response to Jehoshaphat’s prayer (vv. 14-17).How would the prophet’s words have required faith from the people?6. What evidence is there that they believed his message (vv. 18-21)?7. Do you ever praise God right in the middle of a problem – before the answer comes? Explain why or why not.8. How would you have felt as you “came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army:(v. 24)?9. Describe the effects God’s faithfulness had on the people (vv. 25-30).10. What can we learn about faithfulness from the example of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah in this passage?.11. To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved – Are you trusted by anyone? Why? Why not?