2 Chronicles 19:1-9
And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.…
I. GOD MAKES A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BACKSLIDDEN CHILD AND AN APOSTATE.
1. He preserves the life of the child (ver. 1).
2. God reproves in grace His backslidden child (ver. 2, 3).
3. God commends His backslidden child for the good he has done.
II. JEHOSHAPHAT EXEMPLIFIES THE TRUE SPIRIT IN WHICH WE SHOULD RECEIVE DIVINE REPROOF.
1. He received the Divine reproof without resentment and with real contrition for his sin.
2. He sought to make amends for past misconduct by greater personal efforts to promote the spiritual interests of his people.
III. JEHOSHAPHAT LAYS DOWN RULES FOR THE JUDGES OF THE PEOPLE WHICH ARE APPLICABLE AND ESSENTIAL TO OUR OWN TIMES.
1. That a true judge must have reference to God in his decisions (ver. 6).
2. That a true judge should be a real Christian (ver. 7).Lessons:
1. Unholy alliances are fraught with the greatest danger to every child of God.
2. In his backslidden state the child of God should at once heed God's warning and reproof through His servants.
3. God requires personal efforts for the promotion of His cause from the rich as well as poor; from those in the highest positions of State as well as from the obscure and lowly.
(D. C. Hughes.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.