The BIBLE states, “Then they returned every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them to go again to Jerusalem with JOY; for the LORD HAD MADE THEM TO REJOICE OVER THEIR ENEMIES.” (II Chronicles 20:27)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
In my previous Blog, “The Lord Sets AMBUSHES for Your Enemies,” the Children of Israel did not have to fight against the children of the Ammon, Moab, and Mt. Seir; because the “Battle was not theirs.” As you know, the Lord GOD set ambushes for Judah’s enemies. While the Children of Judah were “Singing, Dancing, and Praising the Lord,” their enemies were killing each other. Thus, on one side of the road there is death, sabotage, and annihilation; and on the other side, there is life and rejoicing!
SIT BACK TO WATCH JUDAH BECOME THE RECIPTIENT OF BLESSINGS. On the following morning, “And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and BEHOLD, THEY WERE DEAD BODIES FALLEN TO THE EARTH, AND NONE ESCAPED. And Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance, BOTH RICHES and PRECIOUS JEWELS, which they stripped off for themselves, MORE THAN THEY COULD CARRY AWAY; and they were THREE DAYS in gathering of the SPOIL; IT WAS SO MUCH!” (II Chronicles 20:24-25) Can you imagine? Their enemies were totting all this cumulative wealth from sacking cities (as there were no safe deposit banks in the wilderness) just to die and be stripped of it. Besides GOD’S ambush, Judah’s enemies (Ammonites, Moabites, etc.) fought one another to protect their bodily possessions, the jewels and precious stones. Remember, it took Judah three (3) whole days to gather the spoil.
The BIBLE states, “And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the Valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, THE VALLEY OF BERACHAH unto this day. THEN they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and JEHOSHAPHAT IN THE FOREFRONT OF THEM, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for THE LORD HAD MADE THEM TO REJOICE OVER THEIR ENEMIES.” (II Chron. 30:26-27) Apparently, the Children of Judah rested over night (after collecting so much wealth); and the next day, they journeyed home. Notice! THE KING LED THEM! As the Word confirms, “Jehoshaphat was in the forefront of them…” It is extremely important that OUR LEADERS set TRUE examples being faithful, prayerful, and obedient to the ALMIGHTY GOD! In other words, OUR LEADERS SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sometimes, people intend for you to pass away so they can inherit your car, house, jewelry, money, or whatever. INSTEAD, the LORD GOD has other plans, “They may pass away before you and leave their inheritance for your enjoyment.” Ecclesiastes 2:26 states, “For GOD giveth to a man that is GOOD in his sight wisdom, knowledge, and joy; but to the SINNER he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before GOD.”
Have a Blessed day!