"And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's."
(2 Chronicles 20:15 KJV)
The story of good king Jehoshaphat, who became King of Judah at the age of 35 years and reigned for 25 years, is a story of some mistakes and some wonderful successes as he led the kingdom back to the worship of Our Awesome God (2 Chronicles 18-20). He destroyed the groves for the worship of Baal and Ashtoreth (2 Chronicles 17:6) and he cleaned up the Temple in Jerusalem for the worship of Our Awesome God. God gave him peace and riches because his heart was seeking the Lord,
Then King Jehoshaphat allowed King Ahab to talk him into going to war with him against a common enemy of both countries (2 Chronicles 18:3). King Jehoshaphat should have known that God would not like this alliance with an evil enemy such as King Ahab. In fact, they had trouble finding a prophet of God in Israel under King Ahab and then the prophet told them they would lose (2 Chronicles 18:19-22).. But he still went to war where King Ahab was killed and their forces scattered by the enemy.
King Jehoshaphat was not home long when an alliance of enemies appeared at his borders and he knew he couldn't win against that big an army. So he declared a day of fasting for his nation and prayed to Our Awesome God who answered him in 2 Chronicles 20:15-17. All Jerusalem and visitors from surrounding countries watched as the enemies destroyed themselves. No one was left alive and it took 3 days to collect all the valuables from the enemies’ possessions and take them into Jerusalem. Judah had peace all the remaining days of Jehoshaphat's reign.
Jehoshaphat never completely turned his people back to the worship of Our Awesome God. They saw miracles but not all worshipped God. We sadly are the same; we don't all worship Our Awesome God. We have the Holy Bible and the miracles from God in answer to our prayers, but we still don't all worship our creator God who keeps this world and all the planets in their proper places. Our Father God wants all to worship Him and one day we will all bend our knees saying He is Lord, but not all will live in heaven for eternity. Will you be in heaven for eternity?
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. Our programs include a Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors!
"And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water...Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench."
(1 Kings 18:35, 38 KJV)
Elijah set down the challenge for Our Awesome God. The time of decision had come. In each of our lives we have the same decision to make as to whether we follow God or not. But Ahab and all the people of Israel were summoned to Mount Carmel to meet with God. The invitation was also extended to the rabble that called themselves "prophets of Baal". The Bible tells us that there were 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, a total of 850 against Our Awesome God.
They met at Mt. Carmel. The scene was set and the challenge was issued. "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." (1 Kings 18:21 KJV) Elijah did not leave open any other options. There were only two alternatives, just as there are only two alternatives today. We follow Our Awesome God or follow Satan. There is but one God and, because it was void, He created all from the inanimate objects to the animate objects, He created it ALL.
Then Elijah asked the Baal prophets to set up their altar to Baal, take their bullock and prepare it on the altar and then call for fire to burn it. The prophets of Baal called there god from morning until the time of the evening offering but nothing happened though they yelled, danced and cut themselves. No voice and no fire! Nothing happened!
Elijah cut his bullock, put it on wood and then had them pour water all over the meat and altar three times, filling the trench around it. Then Elijah prayed to Our Awesome God and God sent a fire to consume the burnt sacrifice, the stone altar, even the dust and all the water in the trench -- all were consumed (1 Kings 18:38). Immediately, the people made their choice!!
See you here tomorrow, "#3 Elijah Is Stressed." What did he do next? He became a great prophet!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning. Bible Study is at (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM). Then again, Sunday evening (6:00 PM) there is Bible Study along with AWANA for children (September through May) which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM), there is a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week, the choir and the Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill