Jehoshaphat the Just

Michael Wilcock

READ : 2 Chronicles 17:3-13

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Prov. 16:7)

Asa had given his son a name that means “The Lord is Judge.” The God of the Bible is of course a Judge who presides not simply over a court of law but over his whole creation, seeing that everything runs “justly,” that is, “just as it ought to.” When that son, Jehoshaphat, came to the throne, he set about ruling Judah in the same sort of way. Law, education, religion, all honored the teaching of the great God Yah (you will notice how many of the names in today’s verses include his name, the significant letters YH—or JH in English).

Hoping no doubt that he might influence them for good, Jehoshaphat was rather too nice to the renegade royals—Ahab and his family—up the road in Samaria, which would cause no end of trouble later on. But where his own kingdom was concerned, his reign was the first in a hundred years to look something like the reigns of David and Solomon.

Every community of God’s people ought to aim to operate on the kind of principles that were so dear to Jehoshaphat’s heart, with everything that goes on shaped consciously as God has said he wants it to be. And given the opportunity, we should do our best to commend the same principles to the secular powers around us as they carry out their responsibilities—whether or not they recognize the same God.

PRAYER

Lord, may we long for, and work for, communities that reflect your principles.