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August 16, 2018

With the city walls rebuilt, Nehemiah recognized that the people of God also needed to be built up. Therefore, he had Ezra read God’s word to everyone. While the city walls provided physical protection, God’s word gives us spiritual protection. Please open your Bible...

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August 15, 2018

Nehemiah recognized that, in order for worship in the Temple to be pure and according to God’s commandments, the priests and Levites serving in the Temple had to have pure, verifiable genealogies. Similarly, if Christians are to truly worship and serve the Lord, their...

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August 14, 2018

Today’s passage contains a list of the names of those whom God had called by His grace out of Babylonian captivity to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. Interestingly, the Greek word for “church” is ecclesia, which means “the called out ones”. Like the returning exiles,...

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August 13, 2018

Though they had completed the wall, Nehemiah wisely realized that attacks would continue. Likewise, we should not be deceived: There will be no true peace until we get to heaven. If you are doing anything for God, there will always be some battle, some attempt to...

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August 10,2018

Though the Lord had called Nehemiah, He did not remove the challenges and make everything easy. Because Nehemiah’s work was built on a foundation of prayer and God’s word, he knew what he was doing, why he was doing it, and Who he was doing it for. Therefore, trusting...

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August 9, 2018

When Nehemiah’s enemies falsely accused him of trying to make himself king, Nehemiah denied the charges and prayed. He realized that only the Lord could truly deal with his situation. When opposition builds up against you, it is tempting to pray, “God, get me out of...

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August 8, 2018

With Jerusalem’s wall nearing completion, Sanballat and Tobiah were desperate, because their efforts to stop its construction were failing. So, they tried a new approach: They attacked Nehemiahʼs character using rumors, deceit, and false reports. Unjustified attacks...

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August 7, 2018

Nehemiah feared the Lord. The fear of the Lord is a key to living the Christian life successfully. The fear of the Lord does not mean that you are afraid of Him, like He is the neighborhood bully; it means that you are afraid of doing anything that would cause Him...

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August 6, 2018

In the first part of the wall-building project, Nehemiah’s challenges as a spiritual leader were primarily from enemies outside of Judah. However, before the walls were finally rebuilt, he encountered the most difficult and intense kind of problem almost every...

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August 3, 2018

Besides external attacks, the Jews faced internal threats when working on the wall. Judah was the strongest of the tribes, but they began to lose heart in the battle, because they were focusing on their obstacles rather than focusing on God. This is the fiery dart of...

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August 2, 2018

Isn’t it interesting that God’s people often find it difficult to work together, but God’s enemies don’t? There is a Satanic conspiracy against the people of God that is alive and well on planet earth, and his agenda is to steal, kill, divide and devour the people of...

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August 1, 2018

After work on Jerusalem’s wall started in earnest, it was not long until Sanballat, the governor of Syria, started making trouble for the Jewish people. Predictably, any real move of the Holy Spirit or any significant growth in a work of the Lord will soon meet with...

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July 31, 2018

The people of Jerusalem used the dung gate to carry refuse out of the city. Until the Lord takes us home, we inevitably say things we shouldn’t, do things we ought not, or have attitudes that are amiss. Therefore, to help maintain unity in the Body of Christ, we must...

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July 30, 2018

Even a strong, organized leader like Nehemiah needed the help of priests, administrators, and many others (even politicians) to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. No one can do it all alone. Likewise, whatever we do for Jesus involves other people, and it is important for...

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July 27, 2018

When Nehemiah was about to start his work, two prominent men (Sanballat and Tobiah) rose up to thwart his efforts. Likewise, our spiritual enemies do not care much when God’s people just plan, talk, and pray, but when God’s people start doing something, then God’s...

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July 26, 2018

Nehemiah persisted in prayer for four months before the LORD gave him an opportunity to tell King Artaxerxes about his burden for Jerusalem. When the king asked him to speak, Nehemiah was spiritually and practically ready to ask Artaxerxes to allow him to return to...

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July 25, 2018

When Nehemiah prayed, he knew that he was praying to an almighty, sovereign God that keeps His promises. This includes His promises to chasten His people when they are disobedient, as the exiles had experienced during their captivity in Babylon. That is why confession...

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July 23, 2018

Nehemiah was secularly employed as a cup bearer to a Gentile king. Nevertheless, because he made himself available to God, the LORD was able to use Nehemiah in a mighty way. Any great work of God and for His kingdom begins with God doing a great work in somebody...

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July 24, 2018

There was a time when prayer and fasting were the key resources for godly men and women. Nehemiah was a man of action, but he was a man of action, because he was a man of prayer. We would do well to follow Nehemiah’s example today instead of trying to jump in and fix...

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July 20, 2018

True repentance is a change of heart that produces a change of action and a change of direction. For example, it’s one thing to say, “I’m sorry.” It’s quite another to say, “I’m sorry. I will stop doing it, and I’m going to live differently now.” This is exactly what...

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July 19, 2018

After praying and fasting, Ezra charged the people of Judah to separate themselves from the Gentiles living in the land and from their foreign wives. True revival can only come on a personal, congregational, or national level when God’s people are willing to confess...

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July 18, 2018

Prayer and confession always go hand in hand. Ezra’s sorrow and remorse greatly impacted the people of Judah. Ezra’s prayer was more productive than a sermon, for when the people saw him praying, weeping, and in mourning, they realized the severity of their sin....

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July 17, 2018

As Ezra prayed, he reflected on God’s remarkable goodness and grace, because He brought back a remnant of His people from exile, and He had allowed them to live in the Promised Land again. Once again, Israel had a safe position, a standing in God’s favor and in His...

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July 16, 2018

What does it mean to spread out your hands to God? It means that you are not concealing anything. It means when you go to God in prayer, that your mind and soul stand absolutely naked before Him. Ezra went to God with his hands and his heart wide open. He was holding...

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July 13, 2018

When Ezra arrived with his delegation, he found that the Temple had been rebuilt, but not the city walls. Spiritually, many of the returning exiles were in bad shape. They had intermarried with the heathen. Immorality and idolatry were rampant. When Ezra learned of...

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July 12, 2018

Before beginning the long and dangerous journey back to Jerusalem, Ezra ordered the people to pray and fast. As they humbled themselves before God, they sought His guidance and asked for His protection. As heavenly-bound pilgrims, we also need God’s guidance and...

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July 11, 2018

As Ezra surveyed the people that were about to return with him to Jerusalem, he noticed that no Levites were among them! It would have been pointless to return to Jerusalem without Levites: They were the ones that were to teach the Law to the people in word and deed....

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July 10, 2018

The opening verses of today’s passage lists the names of people that returned to Jerusalem with Ezra. This list reveals that God specifically notes those who journey by faith. These people left the comforts of Babylon and took a long and dangerous journey to start a...

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July 9, 2018

As we come to the end of Ezra chapter seven, we will see that God not only moved King Artaxerxes to fund and enable the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, he also moved the king’s heart to make it beautiful. Likewise, the Lord not only wants to build His Church, but...

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July 6, 2018

Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, to do it, and to teach others. This is the duty of everyone charged to teach the Word, whether they are the head of a household in a family or a pastor or teacher in the church. The key to understanding God’s Word...

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July 5, 2018

The first six chapters of Ezra concern captives that returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel. Events in chapter seven concern a second group that returned with Ezra almost sixty years later. Ezra redeemed the time during his days of captivity so that when God placed a...

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July 4, 2018

The enemies of God’s people had tried to stop work on the Temple by writing letters to Darius, King of Persia. Their plan failed in a monumental way! Not only did Darius command that they fund the project out of their own treasury, he also commanded them to provide...

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July 3, 2018

Judah’s enemies did not believe that Cyrus ever issued a decree for the Jews to return to Jerusalem and to rebuild the Temple. Therefore, Judah’s enemies sent a letter that asked for a search to be made of the royal records. While they were certain that no such decree...

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July 2, 2018

Not long after work had started on the Temple, many Jews got involved in building their own homes, and lost interest in the Temple. Others were feeling discouraged and defeated due to the constant opposition and attacks of their enemies. It was at this time that God...

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June 29, 2018

Our adversary the devil is never going to leave us alone. Therefore, spiritual warfare always accompanies spiritual progress. To deter you, he will try to get you to compromise. To hinder you, he will try to frighten or discourage you daily. He will also try to...

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June 28, 2018

Angered by the refusal of Zerubbabel and Jeshua to allow non-Jews to join in building the Temple, the Samaritans sought to stop the construction. They tried to discourage and frighten God’s people by bribing officials to lie about them to King Cyrus, who was funding...

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June 27, 2018

When Judah’s adversaries heard that the Temple was being built, they came to Zerubbabel and sought to do him in. It wasn’t when they were building their own houses or doing their own thing. However, when the people were serious, committed, and dedicated to building...

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June 26, 2018

New wine must be put into new wineskins, because old wineskins can become rigid and inflexible. However, if you take an old wineskin and repeatedly soak it in water, it can regain its elasticity. If Christian’s are not being continually soaked in God’s Word, they will...

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June 25, 2018

The Jewish exiles that returned from Babylon searched the Scriptures for how they should worship and serve the LORD. When they found what Moses wrote, there was no controversy. They had not only returned to the land, they had also returned to the Law of the LORD....

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June 22, 2018

Chapter two of Ezra lists the Jewish exiles who returned to Judah. Nebuchadnezzar had deported their parents to Babylon seventy years earlier. This list confirms that many exiled Judeans responded to Cyrus’ decree mentioned at the end of Second Chronicles. It was a...

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June 21, 2018

Second Chronicles ends with a message of hope. After seventy years of captivity, God moved the heart of Cyrus, a Gentile king, to release willing Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the LORD’s house. No matter where we’ve been or how long we’ve been held captive,...

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June 20, 2018

In the days of Zedekiah, the people mocked God’s messengers, and rebelled against Babylonian authority that had granted by God. If people will no longer listen to the word of the LORD, then judgment or, in Judah’s case, exile was God’s only option. He had no other...

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June 19, 2018

The last chapter of Second Chronicles summarizes the reigns of Judah’s last four kings. None of them were good in God’s eyes. Their evil reigns culminated in their captivity and exile for the people of Judah. Nevertheless, this book ends with a word of hope for the...

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June 18, 2018

God has places for everyone in His kingdom. Accordingly, God has given us all strengths and abilities. When we use them in the Spirit, they are powerful. However, if we use them in the flesh, it can be painful to us and to those around us. Josiah’s life gives us...

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June 15, 2018

Josiah led by example. He gave unto the LORD thirty thousand of his own sheep and three thousand of his own bullocks for a Passover sacrifice. Following Josiah’s lead, the men under Josiah also gave generously. We too should lead by example. Parents, what kind of...

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June 14, 2018

Josiah encouraged the priests and Levites in their service unto the LORD. Everybody needs to be encouraged in the things of the LORD. The Bible says that, because the LORD is holy, He sees those who are in Christ as being holy, which means that they are set apart for...

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June 13, 2018

Every time there is a revival, it comes as a result of people living by God’s word, which the Chronicler called “The Book.” It was no different in the days of Josiah. When the high priest found "The Book” when they were repairing the Temple, the reasons for Judah’s...

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June 12, 2018

Imagine a twenty-year-old going through the nation, grinding to powder all of its idols. Josiah did this, and he was not very popular with the godless people who were liberal in their theology and their lifestyles. God’s chosen vessels for reform and revival are...

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June 11, 2018

Due to the sins of his grandfather Manasseh and his father Amon, Josiah took the throne at a dark time in Judah’s history. Nevertheless, he followed the LORD during his relatively short life. He was consistent in season and out of season, and the godly example of this...

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June 8, 2018

Because Manasseh and his people would not listen to the warnings from the LORD, punishment finally came. The king of Assyria took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, and carried him to Babylon in chains. Decisions made contrary to God’s word inevitably have...

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June 7, 2018

Manasseh turned the Temple of God into an idolatrous brothel to worship the Canaanite goddess of fertility. When he repented, he removed the idols, but he did not destroy them, as God commanded. When his son, Amon, became king, he found these demonic relics, and...

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June 6, 2018

Manasseh, who was born during during the worst years of the reign of his father Hezekiah, was the longest-reigning king of Judah. He was one of Judah’s most evil kings. Longevity is not necessarily a sign of God’s approval, but it is a sign of God’s patience, for...

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June 5, 2018

When Sennacherib laid siege to Jerusalem, he made some errors in judgment. It was one thing to speak against Judah and its leaders. However, it was another thing altogether to mock the LORD God of Israel. In their written and verbal assaults, they mistakenly equated...

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June 4, 2018

Not long after Hezekiah’s great Passover celebration and the ensuing revival, the people of Jerusalem experienced a great test of their faith. Sennacherib and his fearsome Assyrian army put the city under siege. This is so like Satan, our spiritual enemy, who attacks...

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June 1, 2018

Abundant giving is a sign of a revived hearts. Hezekiah had asked the people to bring tithes and offerings to Jerusalem to support and encourage the Levites in their service to the LORD. So much came in that it took four months to gather and organize it all. Hezekiah...

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May 31, 2018

Hezekiah’s Passover celebration left such a deep impression on the nation that it led to the complete overthrow of idolatry. God’s people began to re-establish the pure worship of Jehovah throughout the land. Genuine repentance breeds genuine revival, because the Lord...

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May 30, 2018

King Hezekiah sent messengers throughout all Israel to come to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. More than that, he called people to turn back to God. Likewise, Jesus Christ, the King of heaven and earth, commands His church to go into all nations and to preach the...

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May 29, 2018

One of King Hezekiah’s most important acts in restoring Israel’s worship took place when he held a celebration of Passover. Though he made every effort to accommodate the ritual requirements, he realized that it was far more important that the hearts of the people...

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May 28, 2018

After years of neglect, Hezekiah had the priests remove all the unclean things from the Temple. It took sixteen days to clean out just the inner portion. Likewise, sanctification is a process in our lives, and we must distance ourselves from things that separate us...

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May 25, 2018

Despite having an evil father, Hezekiah was one of Judah’s good kings. His mother’s name could be a clue as to how this happened: Her name was Abijah, which literally means a worshiper of Jehovah. Praise the Lord for godly mothers and grandmothers! They can be a great...

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May 24, 2018

The northern kingdom of Israel joined with Syria to defeat Ahaz and the armies of Judah. However, this displeased the LORD, because they killed the Judahites without mercy and attempted to enslave their brethren. The LORD sent a prophet to the Northern Kingdom,...

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May 23, 2018

After Jotham, who was a good king, died, the pre-exilic kingdom of Judah hit a low point when Ahaz, his son, took over. Ahaz’s idolatry was abundant and very public. Because of the nation’s gross wickedness, God delivered them into the hands of Syria. This is another...

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May 22, 2018

Jotham became Judah’s king after his father Uzziah died. Jotham profited by his father’s examples—both good and bad. He followed the good and shunned the bad. As Charles Spurgeon once wrote: It is a great mercy for us if, when we have seen others sin, we use their...

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May 21, 2018

Sometimes success is the worst thing that can happen to any of us, because we can become lifted up with pride. It is only by the Lord’s hand that any of us can accomplish anything, because He is the vine and we are only branches. Uzziah lost site of this. Scripture...

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May 18, 2018

Uzziah was initially a great king. He sought the LORD; He loved the LORD. Judah prospered under his reign. He enabled their defenses to be strong, and he expanded their territory. Unfortunately, Uzziah’s success and fame went to his head, and his pride caused him to...

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May 17, 2018

In obedience to God, Amaziah separated an army of mercenaries from his own and sent them back north to Israel. God blessed his obedience, and He gave Judah’s army a great victory over the Edomites. Sadly, the mercenaries that Amaziah sent home plundered Judah and...

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May 16, 2018

A perfect heart is not a sinless heart. The only one who ever had a truly perfect heart was Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, Scripture describes Amaziah as a king that served the LORD, but not with a perfect heart. Amaziah had a divided heart, and Scripture tells us that a...

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May 15, 2018

When Jehoiada and Joash were restoring the Temple, it would have been nothing for God to have caused the money and materials to have appeared miraculously. Yet, as we always see in Scripture, God chooses to fund His work through the willing gifts of His people. He...

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May 14, 2018

When the high priest that counseled Joash during his youth died, Joash started doing what was evil in the LORD’s eyes. Though he once seemed zealous for the things of God, he ended his days as a Baal worshiper. Therefore, we should heed Jesus’ warning to watch and...

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May 11, 2018

After crowning Joash as king, Jehoiada the priest was careful to reinstitute biblical practices and customs for worship according what God had revealed to Moses and David. We should never lose sight of the fact that, in all matters of faith and practice, doctrine and...

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May 10, 2018

When Ahaziah died, his mother, Athaliah seized the throne, and she tried to kill all royal heirs. However, Jehoiada the priest and his wife hid Joash from Athaliah. When Joash, a descendant of David, was seven, Jehoiada surrounded him with armed men so that he could...

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May 9, 2018

In today’s study, we will begin to look at the reign of King Joash. Joash was the first in a sequence of three kings (followed by Amaziah and Uzziah) whose reigns began on a relatively positive note, but all ended in failure or public disgrace, because they rejected...

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May 8, 2018

Both Joram and Azariah knew that death was a consequence of idolatry, according to the Scriptures, but, to their own peril, they ignored the warnings. Likewise, it is dangerous for professing Christians to ignore God’s warnings in Scripture, even though we are no...

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May 7, 2018

After Jehoram died, Ahaziah became king. His mother had influenced him to behave wickedly, and he became as wicked a king as Ahab. Who are your influencers? If you take an inventory of your life, who are the people that influence your life the most? Who is it that...

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May 4, 2018

In contrast to Jehoshaphat, who removed the idoltatrous high places, his sonJehoram actually promoted their construction. Jehoram not only sinned himself, he also forced others to sin, and he died under God’s judgment. Sin is like a cancer that spreads unless it is...

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May 3, 2018

When Jehoshaphat died, Jerhoram, his son, became king of Judah. Jehoram was insecure, and he murderously lashed out at those whom he perceived to be a threat to him and his position. When a person is born again, the Spirit of God rips that insecure and murderous...

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May 2, 2018

Surrounded by a great army that was out to destroy them, Jehoshaphat realized two things: They were no match for their enemy, and they had no idea what to do. However, the king made a national proclamation to do one wise thing: Set your eyes on Jehovah and pray....

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May 1, 2018

After Jehoshaphat made his civil and religious reforms in Judah, the Moabites and Ammonites attacked. Though Jehoshaphat had an army of over one million soldiers, the LORD showed him that He does not need our help to defeat the enemy. He only requires us to be...

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April 30, 2018

In Hebrew, “Jehoshaphat” means “The LORD judges”. Appropriately, Jehoshaphat instituted judicial reforms after he returned home from the battle in which Ahab died. To his credit, he not only sought moral reform in the religious realm, but in the secular realm as well....

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April 27, 2018

Though it nearly cost Jehoshaphat his life, he never learned his lesson about yoking himself with those who hate God. Has God been dealing with you about repeated compromise? No compromise is without cost. Whatever that compromise may be, justifying it only deepens...

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April 26, 2018

One must be careful to discern the difference between God using evil to accomplish His purposes, and attributing evil directly to God. Micaiah decreed that Ahab would die at Ramoth Gilead. God had run out of patience with Ahab. It was time for his judgment. God did...

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April 25, 2018

Some Christians use the phrase, “God told me,” when they are talking about an idea that is really just their own. It might not even be a bad idea, but it is theirs, not God’s. God does not take kindly to people claiming to speak for Him when He is not speaking....

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April 24, 2018

Have you ever made a horrible decision without praying first? Jehoshaphat did. He agreed to join forces with Ahab to go up against Syria. Unfortunately, he did not seek the LORD’s counsel until after he agreed to go war. Please open your Bible to Second Chronicles...

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April 23, 2018

Jehoshaphat was enthusiastically affectionate toward the LORD. His heart was lively and engaged in things that matter to God. Said another way, his heart was bent towards and set upon the things of the LORD. It pleased Jehoshapat to walk cheerfully with the LORD, and...

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April 20, 2018

People generally regard Jehoshaphat as one of Judah’s good kings, but he received rebukes in Scripture for two unholy alliances. When God tells us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, He means it! A man’s heart is right with Christ when he wills what God wills...

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April 19, 2018

Unbelief displeases God, and when God sent a prophet to Asa to rebuke him for his unbelief, Asa became wroth with God’s messenger for telling him the truth. Beware of rejecting the LORD’s truth and His correction, as Asa learned, the consequences are bad. Please open...

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April 18, 2018

Spiritual and physical decline marked the last five years of Asa’s reign. As the king drifted away from the LORD, he placed his trust in men rather than in God. Asa’s life reminds of the need to remain steadfast in our walk with Jesus Christ, no matter how old we are...

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April 17, 2018

A prophecy made by Azariah the son of Oded emboldened and encouraged Asa. Asa responded to the exhortation with action. He made a renewed effort to continue removing the idolatry from the land. We also must be responsive to what we read and what we hear from God’s...

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April 16, 2018

The Spirit of God exhorted Asa to remember that Israel was spiritually declining, because they chose to do that which was right in their own eyes instead of submitting to God’s word and His will. The end of the book of Judges gives us a picture of the tragic results...

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April 13, 2018

During a time of rest and quiet, Asa did not kick back. He used his time wisely as a steward of God by doing two important things: First, he determined to seek the Lord fervently. Then he fortified himself in anticipation of future battles. We should also fortify...

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April 12, 2018

Asa became Judah’s king after Abijah. His reign started well but ended badly. As Asa got older, his trust in and obedience to God’s word gave way to dependence on human alliances, and he rejected God’s prophet. Compromise and ungodly deeds punctuated His final years....

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April 11, 2018

We know we are fighting against God when we deliberately ignore what He has commanded us to do. Abijah reminded Jeroboam that he was directly disobeying the Lord with his golden calves and his priesthood, and Abijah’s army routed Jeroboam’s. This shows that no one can...

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April 10, 2018

The civil war that started between Rehoboam in southern Israel and Jeroboam in the north continued during the short reign of Abijah, who was Rehoboam’s son. Abijah thought that Jeroboam and his followers took advantage of Rehoboam’s weaknesses. The devil is our enemy,...

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April 9, 2018

Rehoboam only trusted in God and was serious about Him as long as he felt he needed something from Him. This was the root cause of his eventual defection from the Lord. If we, by the grace of God, should grow strong and prosperous, we must beware of the temptation to...

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April 6, 2018

After Jeroboam revolted from Rehoboam, he removed God’s priests and Levites from office and replaced them with a false priesthood. The true priests fled to the Southern Kingdom. Tragically, shortly after renouncing the house of David, the northern tribes turned to...

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April 5, 2018

Rehoboam made his subjects wait for three days for his answer to their request for tax relief. He asked his elder advisors first, but he apparently decided to reject their advice before he even heard it. He then asked his younger, less-wise counsellors, for their...

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April 4, 2018

After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam became Israel’s king. Solomon had placed a heavy yoke of taxes and forced labor on his people to support his ambitious building programs. The people asked his son for relief, but he defiantly refused, and the people revolted....

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April 3, 2018

The physical building of the Temple was Solomon’s work, done by the direction, power, and inspiration of the LORD. However, the consecration of the building was God’s work alone. Solomon could build a building, but only God could hallow it with His presence, and after...

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April 2, 2018

When Solomon completed his prayer of dedication for the Temple, God sent fire from heaven to consume the burnt offering and sacrifices as a vivid and visible proof of His approval. Note that the fire of God came down on the sinless sacrifice, not the sinful people....

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March 30, 2018

In Solomon’s Temple, priests placed the ark beneath and between the wings of two golden cherubs within the Most Holy Place. On top of the ark was the mercy seat. It was at the mercy seat that God said that He would commune with man. We should be glad that God does not...

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