Jehoshaphat:Godly Compromiser

 

This man was a righteous king of the land of Judah
His life yields valuable lessons of the blessings of heeding

God’s Word and the dangers of meddling and dabbling with the world

 


Jehoshaphat started his reign well-so the Scriptural chronicles tell
He walked in the path of his ancestor David whose heart

Was fixed on the Divine throughout with stout and unflagging loyalty

 


Because he walked with the Word, Jehoshaphat was blessed of the Lord
He had peace on every side for the countries beside made no trouble
Instead they paid tribute with presents and loyal sentiments 
Jehoshaphat built cities, fortifications and institutions

His pomp, power and prestige grew by leaps and bounds

 

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Jezebel

Jezebel was a princess from the pagan land of Sidon
Probably a priestess as she was the daughter of Baal’s High Priest
In the spirit of a political alliance Israel’s church married Pagan State
After that date, Israel’s fate was sealed-her doom did not come late

Jezebel is more than a woman, it is a spirit at work through the ages
For the Jezebel metaphor pops up in Revelation too
Same spirit is at work in the New Testament church seducing sages

She came into Israel via union of pagan state with the elect people
For Ahab as an Israelite was elect even in his fallen estate
His marriage to Jezebel was a forerunner of the union
The merger of Christian church with pagan State
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Balaam : Balak’s Spiritual Adviser

Balaam was the worthy son of Beor
A prophet who lived in eastern lands
His is a tale of pure means and ends impure
But he loved the Lord, and knew the Word

While Israel sojourned in the wilderness
She was a nation of pilgrims traveling
Wherever the Pillar of Fire was leading
Neighbours dreaded the Divinely led droves
The mighty tread of her feet and hooves

Now Balak was king of the Moabites
The descendants of Lot-cousins
By propinquity and proximity to Israelites
Yet he sought to halt Israel’s march
By a curse to stop the Exodus-dash
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