Asa may not have been the perfect king, but it seems he did
one thing right; he raised a godly son Jehoshaphat, who took his place. Each of
us is responsible for following God or not but our parents have much to do with
our path. Asa’s son cleansed the land and brought about many godly reforms. We aren’t
told about his heart but we “know” him by his fruit. [Matt 12]
However, Jehoshaphat had one glaring fault: he allied with
King Ahab, who was a narcissist to the core.
When Ahab wanted to fight a war, he urged Jehoshaphat to go to war with
him. To his credit, Jehoshaphat wanted advice from a prophet before he went.
Ahab, the ever-present fool, called in his false prophets who would agree with
him whether right or wrong. Jehoshaphat was discerning enough to ask for a
godly prophet to give his advice, which turned out to be accurate to the last
jot and tittle while the false prophets’ words fell to the ground. Ahab was
killed in battle even after disguising himself. Galatians 6 reminds us God will
not be made a fool.
Jehoshaphat, to his credit, called for godly advice before
he set out. We should do the same. “But if anyone is deficient in wisdom,
he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it
will be given to him.” [James 1:5]
Parents play a key role in the lives of their children. The impact is generational and profound. What will you leave your child/children? Although my parents were fairly committed to church-going it was my SS teachers that impacted me the most. You may be the same. I was also in Pioneer Girls who challenged me to learn verses. I don’t remember where or when I memorized Psalm 119:105 but it was the first verse I memorized and has held true all of my life even as I am now in my “senior” years. You too may have learned a verse that has held true all your life as I did. Psalm 78 reminds us that we are to pass on to the next generation God’s Word and the principles of godly living.
2Chron 17-19 “A Historical Record.” Asa may have not been the perfect king but it seems he did one thing right; he raised a godly son who took his place. While each of us is responsible for our own spiritual path and our choice to follow God or not but our parents have much to do with our path. Jehoshaphat seems to have chosen this path directly or indirectly because his father at some point lived a righteous life, for the most part. The scriptures don’t tell us about Jehoshaphat’s heart so we have to look at his fruit. “a tree is known by its fruit.”[Matt 12]
Jehoshaphat was known for: fortifying his kingdom, cleansing the land of idolatry, and sending out priests and Levites to teach the people throughout his kingdom. Because of this the land was free of war and was blessed by God.
We are again reminded of these verses: “Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”[Prov 22:6] and “We will tell the next generation about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, about his strength and the amazing things he has done… so that the next generation, children yet to be born, might know about them.” [Ps 78]