By Graham Print
Psalm 19:7b: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple/instructs the open minded. I hope we are open for the Word of God this morning.
Romans 15:4, referring to the Old Testament scriptures, which is full of the witness of the LORD. We are to learn from what is written in the OT. Some Christians don’t hold much desire to look into the Old Testament and believe they can live entirely by the NT, but the OT is so important.
1 Cor 10:1 - 5, the Hebrews coming out of Egypt drank from the rock, the spiritual rock was Jesus Christ so He was there at that time. Verse 6: OT scriptures are there to instruct us and be examples/warnings by learning what happened to their ancestors, and to not go down that same path and to learn from the consequences of their disobedience.
2 Chron 17: 1-6, Chronicles is largely about the history of the people of God and the nations around them. Chapter 17 begins the story of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. Baals are false gods and Jehoshaphat did not follow those gods. His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord. Is your heart devoted to the ways of the Lord? At that time, Ahab was the king of Israel.
2 Chron 18, is a very interesting chapter in the Bible, with some awesome things in there for us to learn from but we don’t have time to look at it today so I suggest you find time read it when you get home. Ahab was a wicked man. One of the mistakes Jehoshaphat made was to make an alliance with Ahab to go into battle with Syria which shows there is nothing new another the sun if you look at what is happening with Syria today. Ahab dies and God rescues Jehoshaphat.
Chapter 19, Jehoshaphat had made a pact with an ungodly man but had removed all the gods.
“But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”