prayed, they received an answer from the Lord.
~It may not have been the answer they were looking for, but they did hear from the Lord.
~In this case Jehoshaphat and all Judah fasted before the Lord. Vv.3-4
~Look at his prayer in Vv.5-13 and how powerful it is.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, 6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? 7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. 13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
~I love the sum verse 12.…
for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
~Jehoshaphat is saying the he and we His people know that God is With Us.
Remember what I said about fasting?
Look at the answer from the Lord
II Chronicles 20:15.…
And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
II Chronicles 20:17.…
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
Jehoshaphat and all of Judah knew that God was with Us.
III. EMMANUEL: GOD IS WITH US…. To carry us Home
Can I reminds you of the text found in John 11 of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha.
This story of a dead man, a dead friend has moved the hearts of many a lost loved ones.
This story gives hope to those that mourn, that there loved ones will rise again. Why?
Because, Christ tells Martha and Mary that He is the Resurrection and the Life. Vv.25
>The comforting facts of this passage to us today is that we now know and have the
answer to death……JESUS !
Revelation 1:18 says…
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.