2 Chronicles 19 & 20
- In the beginning of Jehoshaphat’s reign he continued the policy of maintaining fortified cities for defence against Israel. But later he made peace with Israel through a marriage alliance (18:1; 21:6). How was this alliance with Ahab rebuked, and on what grounds? Cf. 2 Cor. 6:14; see also 2 Chr. 20:35-37.
- After this rebuke, what further steps did Jehoshaphat take to establish true religion in the land?
- When peril came, what did Jehoshaphat do first? What impresses you most in this story?
Note. 20:2. ‘En Gedi’: on the western shore of the Dead Sea and therefore not from Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 21:1-22:9
- Identify the sins of Jehoram recorded here. How did God deal with him, and why? To what did he owe his survival?
- How far was the low state under Jehoram and Ahaziah directly traceable to the mistaken step of Jehoshaphat as recorded in 18:1? What does this illustrate concerning the character and consequences of some sins?
2 Chronicles 21:10-23:21
- Why had Jehoiada to wait seven years? What lessons may we learn from this for ourselves? Cf. Hab. 2:3. Why did he have confidence that the plan would succeed?
- What lessons in careful planning and organization can we learn from Jehoiada in our service of Christ?
- Jehoiada was not content with half measures. How did he follow up his victory? See 23:16-20.
- 23:2, 3. This was the preliminary gathering, secretly convened in the temple, in which all present pledged their loyalty to the boy king.
- 23:11. ‘The covenant’: i.e., the book of the law. Cf. Deut. 17:18-20.