Today’s reading is: 2 Kgs. 1; 3; 8:16-22; 1 Kgs. 22:41-50; 2 Chr. 20:31-37; 21:1-7
1st Kings Chapter Twenty-Two
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- The reign of Jehoshaphat is then detailed (1st Kgs. 22:41-50).
- Jehoshaphat was a good king, like his father Asa (v.43a).
- He fell short of maximum fruit by failing to have the high places removed (v.43b).
- He also fell short of maximum fruit by forming an alliance with wicked king Ahab (v.44).
- He expelled the remainder of the sodomites that Asa had started to expel (v.46; cf. 15:12).
- He also attempted a shipping venture to exploit the lack of leadership within Edom (vv.48,49).
2nd Chronicles Chapter Twenty
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- Jehoshaphat’s life is summarized (2nd Chr. 20:31-34; 1st Kgs. 22:41-46).
- Jehoshaphat’s life and reign ended with another attempt to cooperate with the idolatrous Kingdom of Israel (2nd Chr. 20:35-37; 1st Kgs. 22:47-50).
2nd Chronicles Chapter Twenty-One
- Chapter 21 begins a 3 chapter passage on the evil of Athalia.
- Through her husband Jehoram (ch.21).
- Through her son Ahaziah (ch.22).
- In her own reign (ch.23).
- Jehoram was an evil king, who followed after the example of his father-in-law Ahab (2nd Chr. 21:1-7).
- The murder of his brothers was more than a pagan approach to securing his own position—it was a direct attack on the Seed of the Woman.
- The Lord’s faithfulness to David is unconditional, and is not thwarted by Jehoram’s evil (2nd Chr. 21:7).
(Chapter Twenty-One continues tomorrow)
2nd Kings Chapter One
- Ahaziah’s reign included the rebellion of Moab (2nd Kgs. 1:1), and a terminal illness (2nd Kgs. 1:2a).
- Ahaziah decides to inquire of Baal-zebub for guidance, but the LORD sends Elijah to intercept those messengers (2nd Kgs. 1:2b-4).
- Ahaziah becomes angry at Elijah’s interference, and dispatches three companies of fifty soldiers to secure his arrest (2nd Kgs. 1:5-16).
- The first two companies are consumed by fire from heaven (vv.9-12), but the third Captain is a God-fearing believer (vv.13-14).
- The God-fearing Captain serves his Baal-zebub-fearing King, and yet humbles himself before the minister of the Lord.
2nd Kings Chapter Three
- The reign of Jehoram, King of Israel, is introduced (2nd Kgs. 3:1-3).
- Jehoram decides to invade Moab, and do what his sick brother Ahaziah could not do (2nd Kgs. 3:4-6).
- Jehoram invited Jehoshaphat to join in the war (2nd Kgs. 3:7-8).
- They passed through Edom, and invited the King of Edom to join the war effort (2nd Kgs. 3:9a).
- The expedition runs into trouble, and Jehoshaphat suggests inquiring of the Lord (2nd Kgs. 3:9b-12).
- Elisha ministers to the three Kings because of the respect he has for the godly Davidic King Jehoshaphat (2nd Kgs. 3:13-20).
- The war was a qualified success, as Elisha’s message indicated (2nd Kgs. 3:21-25).
- Mesha’s Satanic defiance, and the demonic wrath of the Moabites caused the Israel/Judah/Edom alliance to quit the field of battle (2nd Kgs. 3:26-27).
- Mesha wrote his version of this battle on a monument known to us today as the Moabite Stone.
2nd Kings Chapter Eight
- Jehoram’s (Joram’s) reign is described (2nd Kgs. 8:16-24).
- Jehoram & Joram are variant spellings of the same name.
- Jehoram (Joram) of Israel was a son of Ahab & Jezebel.
- Jehoram (Joram) of Judah was a son of Jehoshaphat, and married to Athalia, the daughter of Ahab & Jezebel.
- Jehoram (Joram) was a coregent with his father Jehoshaphat for five years, and sole king for eight years (2nd Kgs. 8:17 cf. 1:17; 3:1).
- Jehoram was a wicked king, following Ahab rather than David (2nd Kgs. 8:18-19).
- During Jehoram’s reign, Edom successfully revolted (2nd Kgs. 18:20-22).
- Jehoram died “with no one’s regret” (2nd Chr. 21:20).
(Chapter Eight continues on Day 172)