The Kings: Good & Bad

A Good King – A Bad Deal

II Chronicles 20:31-37 — “And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish…” Jehoshaphat was a good king who loved the LORD and led his people well, although he did make some…

A Deficiency In Our Praise

II Chronicles 20:14-30 — “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.” We can understood why Judah praised the LORD after the battle was won, for He delivered His people in a…

Grace & Good Works

II Chronicles 19 — King Jehoshaphat had acted very foolishly in entering into an alliance with King Ahab. Ahab was thoroughly wicked man who had persecuted the prophets of the LORD. The two kings went to war against Syria and if not for Divine intervention, Jehoshaphat would’ve ended up dead on the battlefield like Ahab…

Certain Judgment – Wonderful Grace

II Chronicles 18:18-34 — Contrary to the word of the LORD, Ahab & Jehoshaphat went into battle against the Syrians. It didn’t take long for Jehoshaphat to find himself in a very dangerous situation. This was the culmination of a whole series of foolish decisions. Thankfully, the LORD was merciful, but this was not the…

Courage To Speak The Truth

II Chronicles 18:1-28 — King Jehoshaphat of Judah was persuaded to join King Ahab of Israel in a military campaign against Syria, but before they set-off he wanted to enquire of the LORD. Ahab called together 400 of his own prophets who (unsurprisingly) brought a positive message, however Jehoshaphat was not satisfied. He asked Ahab…

Jehoshaphat’s Big Mistake

II Chronicles 17:10-18:1 — “Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.” Jehoshaphat was a wise and godly king. He did not allow wealth and success to make him lazy and immoral, rather he used his position of strength to diligently care for God’s people. However, he made one very…

Elah The Drunk

I Kings 16:8-14, Proverbs 23:29-35 — King Elah is a very minor figure in the broad sweep of Biblical history. His reign covers barely two verses in the Book of I Kings. All that’s recorded is where he was, and what he was doing, when he was killed by one his servants. He was drinking…

Abijam: Hero Or Villain?

I King 15:1-8, II Chronicles 13:1-22 — Abijam (Abijah) followed his father Rehoboam on the throne of Judah and in the Scriptures we are given two accounts of his life and reign. What is especially interesting about these accounts is that each portrays him in a different light. One is largely negative and the other…

From Foolishness To Failure – Part 1

I Kings 12:16-24, 14:21-31 — In this sermon, we begin to consider the rest of King Rehoboam’s reign. It began very badly with his foolish speech to people who were already disaffected and agitated. Rehoboam basically drove the ten northern tribes into rebellion and ensured the division of the kingdom. Unfortunately his story doesn’t get…