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Summary: Does devotion to God free us from the responsibility to think deeply? How far ahead should we think?

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1. Many of you wear glasses; if you need longer arms to read, that

usually means you are "far sighted..."; to drive, near-sighted; both.

Porcupine backed into cactus...."Pardon me, honey!"

2. Others wear contacts for the same reason--I could never stomach fishing around in my eye....

3. In life/history, we use the terms differently....far sighted sees the

distant future...near-sighted, the immediate...

4. E.g., our US Constitution...oldest in use...still works...far sighted...

5. Today we are going to look at a King who was very godly, but not far sighted...a king who was godly but not wise in the long term...

6. E.g. Solomon....wise, compromised godliness

Hezekiah, godly, but foolish to show the King of Babylon Judah’s

treasures...

7. Today, we are going to look at King Jehoshaphat...(introduced in 2 Chron. 17:1-6--READ)

Questions: Does devotion to God free us from the responsibility to think deeply? How far ahead should we think?

I hope to answer these two related questions by leading us to examine the life of Jehoshaphat....

I. His Wisdom and Righteousness

1. He organized teachers to train the people in the way of God (17:7-9) READ

2. He organized all the men in Judah into military units (1.6 million)...

3. Other nations feared, respected, and submitted to Judah....

4. He set up a system of judges and chose men who were honest and capable....

5. He had ships built for trade...

6. He trusted God, and God delivered him from the enemy by confusing them and causing them to kill one another....

7. Judah had one of its longest periods of peace and prosperity...

8. Since the Kingdom divided after Solomon’s death, it had never been as strong as it became under Jehoshaphat...

---spiritually, militarily, financially; smooth, fair government/ clockwork

II. His Short-sighted Compromises

1. The Principle of 2 Cor. 6:14 is key...turn there....

----common sense---well, not so common...

2. Jehoshaphat foolishly allied himself with King Ahab/Queen Jezebel...

----Ahab, King of Israel (north) was wicked/Baal worshipper...

3. Jehoshaphat arranged for his son, Jehoram, to marry Ahab’s

daughter, Athatliah

----remember the sermon in which I lost you all, "I"m My Own Grampa?"

===Athaliah went on to murder her own grandchildren to maintain the throne....

4. Jehoshaphat went to battle, even though warned by the prophet

Micaiah that it was not God’s will....Ahab killed....

----Jehoshaphat delivered by God....2 Chron. 18:31-32 READ

Questions: Does devotion to God free us from the responsibility to think deeply? How far ahead should we think?

III. Devout Believers Are Not Exempt from the Responsibility to Think Deeply, and We Must Think As Far Ahead As Possible

1. Because Jehoshaphat did not think deeply (he was concerned about his times--not future generations), Judah suffered immensely....

2. His dad, Asa, was godly and passed the legacy down to

Jehoshaphat...but Jehoshaphat did not make it easy for his son to be godly....

---I am going to coin a phrase: The Jehoshaphat syndrome---

refers to believers who live well, but set up others for defeat because they do not think of future consequences and implications of their compromises. They think "everything will work itself out."


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