2 Chronicles 20 meaning, lessons, and prayer points.
2 Chronicles 20 Explained
2 Chronicles 20 is a chapter in the Old Testament of the Bible that tells the story of Jehoshaphat, the fourth king of Judah. The chapter begins with the news that a great multitude of armies from Moab, Ammon, and other nations had come against Judah to make war against them. Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were greatly afraid, and so he proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
He knew there was no way he could defeat them if God doesn’t help him, so he proclaimed fast throughout the land, in order to beseech God for help, and hear what He would say on the matter, and God assured them that he will fight for them.
Something very interesting happened. God had assured them through Jahaziel that He would fight for them, that they should go up against the children of Moab, Ammon, and Mount Seir, but they won’t need to fight, yet the victory will be theirs because He will do the fighting. Now, here comes the interesting part; after discussing with the people, Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise the beauty of His Holiness. Imagine going to the war with nothing, but just singing. It sounds crazy, but supernatural.
Jehoshaphat completely trusted God, he felt since God has assured us of victory, what can we do if not to praise him in advance. The bible said as soon as the singers started singing, God Himself set ambushments against all the people that came up against Judah, and they were smitten before Judah, none escaped. No wonder when Paul and Silas praised the earth trembled and was shaken, and all the prison doors were opened on their own accord. Powerful.
So God saved Judah and gave them victory over thier enemies.
2 Chronicles 20 KJV
1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then 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 in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,
6 And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And 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 of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the 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, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed 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.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For 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 to destroy another.
24 And 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.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.
31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the Lord.
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
Lesson from King Jehoshaphat and 2 Chronicles 20
- Trust in God:
King Jehoshaphat was facing a great army that was much larger than his own, but he did not despair. Instead, he turned to God and prayed for help. He acknowledged God’s power and his own weakness, and he trusted that God would deliver him.
- Seek God’s guidance:
Before going to battle, King Jehoshaphat sought the guidance of God through the prophet Jahaziel. He listened to the word of the Lord and followed it. It is important to seek God’s guidance and follow His will, even when it may be different from our own plans.
A lot of Believers when faced with challenges or challenging situations, only remember God when all other options have failed. You must not do this. God is your first and only option. He is not a plan B. God is the only present help in times of need, no other.
King Jehoshaphat ran to God because he knew God was the only one that could save him, and God didn’t disappoint him. He proclaimed a fast, acknowledging that he could not save himself and the people. When you set your face to seek God first, He will make a way for you where there seems to be no way. Ordinarily, Jehoshaphat would have defeated that great multitude, but he knew the only person who could so he ran to him immediately.
God told him that He would fight them, because Jehoshaphat gave the battle. David gave goliate to God, and David was able to take him down to just a sling, how abnormal, but God was in control. Have you been struggling and fighting your battles all alone? Let God help you. Hand It over to God, and He will give you rest – Matthew 11:28.
- Praise is a weapon, it’s a spiritual warfare tool.
The people of Judah praised and worshipped God before the battle, acknowledging His power and greatness. Worship and praise should be an integral part of our lives, even in difficult times.
My pastor once said; when you don’t know what else to do, praise. This can be likened to the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:25-26. They prayed, nothing happened, but when they praised, the earth shook, the prisoners heard them, and the doors were opened on their own accord, and all the bands were loosed. When we praise, God comes down himself, and when God comes, the impossible becomes the normal.
It’s quite interesting Judah was faced with a great battle but all they did was to praise.
- Jehoshaphat had a working relationship with God.
Jehoshaphat didn’t just remember God when he needed help but he had a relationship with God. The bible says he did what was right in the sight of the Lord. That’s why He could remind God of His promises.
It’s very funny how some people try to use God. They feel they’re very smart, how smart you be, smarter than you maker? I don’t think so. Such people only remember God when they’re in need. The moment they get what they want they’ll start giving excuses, they’ll give you one thousand and one reasons they can’t make it to fellowship.
2 Chronicles 20 Prayer points
Dear heavenly Father,
I thank you for being my strength and very present help in times of need. You are not just present in times of need, but you are always present. Dear Lord I acknowledge that I cannot help myself, my eyes are on you, never let me see shame i trust in you.
My enemies compass me roundabout, but you are my deliverer, you are my safety dear Jesus. Save me Lord I run to you for help. Let my enemies fall into their own traps, let their pits Bury them. Because my trust is in the Lord I will forever rejoice, knowing that I cannot be defeated with you on my side.
Thank you dear Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed, Amen.
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