2 Chronicles 17 Outline
– Jehoshaphat succeeded the throne of Judah (2 Chronicles 17:1-2)
– Jehoshaphat walked in God’s ways in the early years (2 Chronicles 17:3-6)
– Jehoshaphat sent officials and priests to teach the people about God’s laws in Judah (2 Chronicles 17:7-9)
– The fear of God struck the kingdoms and lands around Judah (2 Chronicles 17:10-11)
– Jehoshaphat built forts and store cities in Judah (2 Chronicles 17:12)
– Jehoshaphat kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 17:13-19)
2 Chronicles 17 Summary
After Asa died, his son, Jehoshaphat succeeded him as king over Judah. Jehoshaphat was a godly person during the early years. He eliminated the high places and Asherah poles from the land. He sent his officials including Benhail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethaneel, Michaiah and priests including Elishama and Jehoram to teach the law of God in the towns of Judah. They brought with them the Book of Law as they traveled to different towns to teach the law of God. The fear of God struck the kingdoms and lands around Judah so no one wage war against Jehoshaphat.
All Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was a wealthy king. The Philistines brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat. The Arabians brought 7,700 goats and 7,700 rams as tribue to Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat built many forts and store cities. He kept an abundant supplies in the towns of Judah.
Jehoshaphat kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem. In Judah, there were commanders of thousands. Adnah is the commander of 300,000 people. Jehohanan was the captain of 280,000 people. Amasiah, son of Zichri was the commander of 200,000. Eliada was the commander of 200,000 people. Jehozabad was the commander of 180,000 men.
2 Chronicles 17 Bible Study
1. Seek God first
Jehoshaphat put God first by obeying his laws and removing the high places and Asherah poles from the land. Because Jehoshaphat obey God, God made the kingdoms and lands around fear him and pay tribute to him. If you put God first in your life and obey his commandments, God will make sure all things go smoothly in your life. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said seek his kingdom first and he will add everything else to you. In Hosea 10:12, if you sow righteousness, God will rain righteousness on you. In Jeremiah 9:23-24, God said let those who want to boast not boast about himself but boast that he understands and knows God. In Matthew 5:6, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be satisfied.
2. Volunteering to serve God
Amasiah volunteered himself to serve in the army because he wanted to serve God. Every Christian has a spiritual gift. In Romans 12:6-8, each of us has different spiritual gifts. If your spiritual gift is prophesying, you should prophesy. If your spiritual gift is serving, you should serve. If your spiritual gift is teaching, you should teach. If your spiritual gift is encouraging, you should encourage. If your spiritual gift is contributing, you should give generously. If you have a spiritual gift in leadership, you should govern diligently. If your spiritual gift is showing mercy, you should show mercy to others. You should use your spiritual gift to help others in the kingdom of God. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, there are various kinds of spiritual gifts including message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, different kinds of tongues, and interpretations of tongues.
Everyone must serve God in some ways. In Romans 12:11, we should always be zealous in serving God. In Deuteronomy 13:4, we must respect God by keeping his commandments and serving him. In Galatians 5:13, we should serve one another in love. In 1 Peter 4:10, we can use whatever gift God gives us to serve others. In Joshua 22:5, we must serve God with all our heart and mind. In Mark 10:45, Jesus said even he did not come to be served but to serve others. In John 12:26, those who serve Jesus is his follower and will be honored by the Father God.