Inquire for the word of the Lord

2 Chronicles Bible Background

06.05.2018 – Old Testament: 2Ch 18.4–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 17–19 on June 5, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The king of Israel proposed to the king of Judah that they go to Ramoth Gilead and take it. However, the king of Judah wanted to see what the Lord thought of it first:

Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire for the word of the LORD today.” Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” So they said, “Go up, for God will deliver it into the king’s hand.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?” So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil. He is Micaiah the son of Imla.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!” (2 Chronicles 18.4–7).

The king of Judah could tell right away that the prophets were not of Yahweh God and he desired to hear a true prophet instead. The king of Israel just wanted a prophet who told him what he wanted to hear. Unfortunately, the king of Judah did not truly listen to Micaiah, because he showed disaster for the battle, but the king of Judah went to battle anyway.

Questions:

  • What good is it to consult the word of God, but not to do what it says?
  • Have you set your mind to do whatever the word of God says?

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