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October 14, 2013, 8:29 AM


I have just realized that I did not make a connection yesterday that I perhaps should have made.  I said from the beginning that I would be looking at the kings of Judah for a reflection of Jesus; how in some small way they foreshadow the coming of the Greater King David.  Alas, I don't think I will be able to draw such a neat parallel with each king.  For instance, with King Jehoram, he was such a wicked and bad apple that when he died, it says, And he departed with no one's regret. (2 Chron. 21:20 ESV).  Ouch!  Now, that's bad.  Move over Eleanor Rigby.  Interestingly, Jehoram was the son of good King Jehoshaphat.  I guess that acorn fell in the next zip code!

However, with Jehoshaphat, I see where I may have missed a good opportunity to make such a comparison.  Jehoshaphat, as a good king, demonstrated godly humility for his people.  He did indeed have strength.  He did indeed have military capability should he have chosen to use it.  He may have even pulled it off heroically.  But, he did not.  He relied instead on the strength of the Lord.  And he was vindicated.

I see this as well with Jesus in the great hymn found in Philippians 2:5-9 - Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.... (ESV).

Missed opportunity.  It was there!

Jehoshaphat, in a small way, demonstrated how a good king leads the way for his people.  Humbly.  I am taken, as well with the way the Chronicler presents the flow of the king's reign.  I did touch upon this yesterday.  The opening of his reign with a battle and the closing of his reign with yet another battle.  The first battle, he blew it in relying on his strength.  The second and closing battle, trusting the Lord for strength.  I love the way the writers of Scripture arrange their narrative to draw out the truth that needs to transform our hearts.

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