Week 22   Day 4


Heroes are never perfect 

            never all good 

            all the time


Jehoshaphat's error

            was in making an alliance with


            God's foe 

He allied himself with evil


The consequence of that error in judgment

            was that his children

            were at risk


His son married the daughter of Ahab 

            and became more a son of Ahab

            than of Jehoshaphat


The life of that son was tragic                     

            he lived in violence 

            and he died

            to no one's regret!




                     ANOTHER 'SON OF AHAB' IN JUDAH

He killed his brothers, encouraged sin, and lost everything.
                                      II Chronicles 21


     1Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers, and was buried in

the City of David.  Jehoram his son reigned.  3Their father

gave his sons great gifts of silver, gold and precious things,

with fortified cities in Judah; but he gave the kingdom to

Jehoram because he was the firstborn.  4When Jehoram

was established, he strengthened himself and killed all his

brothers with the sword, and also other princes of Israel.

     8Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became

king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.  6He walked

in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab

had done, for he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife; and he

did evil in the sight of the Lord.  7Yet the Lord would not

destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that

He had made with David, and to his sons forever.

     8Edom revolted against Judah's authority, and made a

king over themselves, 10and have been in revolt against

Judah's authority to this day. 

     12A letter came to Jehoram from Elijah the prophet, saying,

Thus says the Lord God of your father David:  Because you

have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or

in the ways of Asa, 13but have walked in the way of the

kings of Israel, and have made Judah and the inhabitants of

Jerusalem to play the harlot like the house of Ahab, and also

have killed your brothers, those of your father's household,

who were better than yourself, 15behold, you will become

very sick with a disease of your intestines, until your intestines

come out by reason of the sickness, day by day.

     16The Lord stirred up against Jehoram the Philistines and

the Arabians who were near the Ethiopians.  17They came up

into Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions

that were found in the king's house, and also his sons and his

wives, so that there was not a son left to him except Jehoahaz,

the youngest of his sons.

     18After all this the Lord struck him in his intestines with

an incurable disease.  19After the end of two years, he died

in severe pain.

     20He was thirty-two years old when he became king. 

He reigned eight years and, to no one's sorrow, departed. 

They buried him in the City of David, but not in the tombs

of the kings.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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