Solid Rock Deliverance Temple
Wednesday night service
September 23rd, 2015
Later, the Moabites, the Ammonites, and some Meunites came to start a war with Jehoshaphat. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “There is a large army coming against you from Edom. They are coming from the other side of the Dead Sea. They are already in Hazazon Tamar!” (Hazazon Tamar is also called En Gedi.) Jehoshaphat became afraid, and he decided to ask the Lord what to do. He announced a time of fasting for everyone in Judah. The people of Judah came together to ask the Lord for help. They came from out of all the towns of Judah to ask for the Lord’S help. Jehoshaphat was in the new courtyard of the Lord’S Temple. He stood up in the meeting of the people from Judah and Jerusalem and said, “Lord God of our ancestors, you are the God in heaven. You rule over all the kingdoms in all the nations. You have power and strength. No one can stand against you. You are our God! You forced the people living in this land to leave. You did this in front of your people Israel. You gave this land to the descendants of Abraham forever. Abraham was your friend. His descendants lived in this land, and built a Temple for your name. They said, ‘If trouble comes to us—the sword, punishment, sicknesses, or famine—we will stand in front of this Temple and in front of you. Your name is on this Temple. We will shout to you when we are in trouble. Then you will hear and save us.’ “But now, here are men from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir. You would not let the Israelites enter their lands when they came out of Egypt. So the Israelites turned away and didn’t destroy them. But see the kind of reward those people give us for not destroying them. They have come to force us out of your land that you gave to us. Our God, punish those people. We don’t have the strength to stop this large army that is coming against us. We don’t know what to do! We are looking to you for help.” All the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their wives, babies, and children. Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah. (Zechariah was the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah.) Jahaziel was a Levite from the family of Asaph. In the middle of the meeting, Jahaziel said, “Listen to me King Jehoshaphat and everyone living in Judah and Jerusalem! The Lord says this to you: ‘Don’t be afraid or worry about this large army, because the battle is not your battle. It is God’s battle! Tomorrow, they will come up through the Ziz Pass. You must go down to them. You will find them at the end of the valley on the other side of the desert of Jeruel.
2 Chronicles 20:1-16 ERV
1. Remember, the battle is not ours, but the Lords.
2. Your family is protected.
3. Humble yourselves, and then the Spirit of the Lord can advise you in whatever you need to do.
4. Continue to follow the Lord, or God.
5. Don’t be swayed by the devil.
6. God says don’t, then we do.
7. Follow his word only.
8. Be careful around your children, they listen, and tell. What they hear.
9. There is a lot of things you shoul say in the presence of a child.
10. Some things should not be mentioned outside the home.
Tomorrow, they will come up through the Ziz Pass. You must go down to them. You will find them at the end of the valley on the other side of the desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Just stand there and watch the Lord save you. Judah and Jerusalem, don’t be afraid. Don’t worry, because the Lord is with you. So go out to stand against those people tomorrow.’” Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem bowed down before the Lord and worshiped him. The Levites from the Kohath family groups and the Korah family stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel. They sang very loudly. Early the next morning, Jehoshaphat’s army went out into the desert of Tekoa. As they marched out, Jehoshaphat stood there saying, “Listen to me, men of Judah and Jerusalem. Have faith in the Lord your God, and you will stand strong! Have faith in his prophets, and you will succeed!”
2 Chronicles 20:16-20 ERV
Jehoshaphat encouraged the men and gave them instructions. Then he had the Temple singers stand up in their special clothes to praise the Lord. They marched in front of the army and sang, “Give thanks to the Lord! His faithful love will last forever.” As they began to sing and to praise God, the Lord set an ambush for the army from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come to attack Judah. The enemy was defeated! The Ammonites and the Moabites started to fight the men from Mount Seir. After they killed them, the Ammonites and Moabites turned on themselves and killed each other.
2 Chronicles 20:21-23 ERV
1. In this Gods power confused the enemy, and they defeated themselves.
2. The people of God praised God with their hearts, and their faith addressed.
3. You must have, and maintain faith in what the word says.
4. The message of God come three ways, the Bible, God mouth to mouth, and through prophecy.
5. Don’t look at what you have, or ask how, what, or when. Just believe it when God directs you.
The men from Judah arrived at the lookout point in the desert. They looked for the enemy’s large army, but all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground. There were no survivors. Jehoshaphat and his army came to take things from the bodies. They found many animals, riches, clothes, and other valuable things. It was more than Jehoshaphat and his men could carry away. There was so much that they spent three days taking everything from the dead bodies. On the fourth day Jehoshaphat and his army met in the Valley of Beracah. They praised the Lord. That is why people still call that place, “The Valley of Beracah.” All the men from Judah and Jerusalem were very happy as they marched back to Jerusalem with Jehoshaphat in the front. The Lord made them very happy when he defeated their enemy. They entered Jerusalem with lyres, harps, and trumpets and went to the Temple of the Lord. People in all the surrounding kingdoms became afraid of God when they heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel. That is why there was peace for Jehoshaphat’s kingdom—his God brought him rest from the enemies that were all around him.
2 Chronicles 20:24-30 ERV
1. A blessing is waiting on the other side of faith.
2. Know that we are the light of the world, have and use faith as a tool to draw others in.
3. Be faithful in all you do.
4. God wants to bless you in all your faith.