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    2 Chronicles 19:2. Why was God indignant towards Jehoshaphat for helping and loving the wicked?

    Lou Newton
    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher



    2 Chronicles 19 (NIV)

    19 When Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem,2 Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is on you. 3 There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God.”

    2 Chronicles 18 (NIV)

    Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab

    “ 18 Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage. 2 Some years later he went down to see Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle for him and the people with him and urged him to attack Ramoth Gilead. 3 Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?”

    Jehoshaphat replied, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.” 4 But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

    5 So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?”

    “Go,” they answered, “for God will give it into the king’s hand.”

    6 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?”

    7 The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”

    “The king should not say such a thing,” Jehoshaphat replied.

    8 So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, “Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once.”

    9 Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them. 10 Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns, and he declared, “This is what the Lord says: ‘With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.’”

    11 All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “Attack Ramoth Gileadand be victorious,” they said, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”

    12 The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.”

    13 But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says.”

    14 When he arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?”

    “Attack and be victorious,” he answered, “for they will be given into your hand.”

    15 The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?”

    16 Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the Lord said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’”

    17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?”

    18 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing on his right and on his left. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’

    “One suggested this, and another that. 20 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’

    “‘By what means?’ the Lord asked.

    21 “‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.

    “‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’

    22 “So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.”

    23 Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?” he asked.

    24 Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room.”

    25 The king of Israel then ordered, “Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king’s son, 26 and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.’”

    27 Micaiah declared, “If you ever return safely, the Lord has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Mark my words, all you people!”

    Ahab Killed at Ramoth Gilead

    28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead.29 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.

    30 Now the king of Aram had ordered his chariot commanders, “Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel.” 31 When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, “This is the king of Israel.” So they turned to attack him, but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him. God drew them away from him, 32 for when the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel, they stopped pursuing him.

    33 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the breastplate and the scale armor. The king told the chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.” 34 All day long the battle raged, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. Then at sunset he died. “

    NOTICE: that even though the prophet of the Lord told the King of Israel not to go to war, he did so and died as the prophet told him he would.

    Jehoshaphat followed the evil King Ahab into war despite the Lord’s warning. Jehoshaphat also married into Ahab,s family, and Ahab was a very evil man who did not follow God.

    Think of how many innocent people of Judah died in that war because Jehoshaphat ordered them to fight for Ahab. Judah also suffered because Jehoshaphat married into Ahab’s family. God was not pleased with Jehoshaphat because of his fellow-shipping with the evil Ahab.

    We are to love all mankind. BUT we are not to take part in their ways. We are not to marry women that worship false gods as Jehoshaphat did. We are not to take part in wars to help evil men disobey The Lord.

    Did Jehoshaphat actually help Ahab, or hurt him ? If Jehoshaphat refused to go to war, Ahab might have also not gone to war and not been killed. So Jehoshaphat did not show Ahab love by disobeying God. Obeying God is always the best way to love God and others. In this case 1000’s of men would not have died, including Ahab.

  • #2
    It appears to me that Ahab’s death was sealed by God in verse 27. Since God was speaking through the prophet Ahab hated, it wasn’t possible for Ahab to return safely from the battle. He should have taken heed and not gone. That is, if he feared the Word of the Lord.

    An interesting side note about this passage:

    Verse 21 tells us that one evil spirit can become a lying spirit in the mouths of 400 prophets, if God grants him access. Not exactly sure how one evil spirit can be 400 places at once, but somehow they can accomplish things that seem impossible in our limited physical realm.

    Im guessing the evil spirit oversees 400 lesser spirits who work in collaboration with his wicked agenda. Sorta like a military general in charge of 400 soldiers. The 401 evil spirits would therefore act as one entity.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Blane View Post
      It appears to me that Ahab’s death was sealed by God in verse 27. Since God was speaking through the prophet Ahab hated, it wasn’t possible for Ahab to return safely from the battle. He should have taken heed and not gone. That is, if he feared the Word of the Lord.

      An interesting side note about this passage:

      Verse 21 tells us that one evil spirit can become a lying spirit in the mouths of 400 prophets, if God grants him access. Not exactly sure how one evil spirit can be 400 places at once, but somehow they can accomplish things that seem impossible in our limited physical realm.

      Im guessing the evil spirit oversees 400 lesser spirits who work in collaboration with his wicked agenda. Sorta like a military general in charge of 400 soldiers. The 401 evil spirits would therefore act as one entity.
      Good comment Blane. Jehoshaphat did not do Ahab any favors by showing favor to an enemy of God ( Ahab). Without Jehoshaphat's help Ahab probably would have stayed home. Also think of how many soldiers from Judah and Israel died on that day. It does not pay to disobey God, OR to take action without seeking Him first.

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