He Set Himself
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He Set Himself
February 22, 2020
[We are going to visit 2 Chronicles 20 – the lessons are plainly stated and they are for our instruction and up lifting.]
(2Ch 20:1-2 KJV) It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. 20:2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
[So often when Israel, Judah and the 10 Northern tribes of Ephraim, were attacked they sought help from Egypt or from their heathen neighbors. So what will a righteous king do? Follow the old path or turn to Yahweh?]
(2Ch 20:3-4 KJV) And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek Yahweh, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of Yahweh: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek Yahweh.
[He set himself to seek Yahweh. To set oneself is to Set
Webster: SET, v.t. pret. pp. set. [L. sedo; to compose, as a book, to dispose or put in order, to establish, found or institute, to possess, to cease; L. sedo, sedeo and sido, coinciding with sit, but all of one family. From the Norman orthography of this word, we have assess, assise. See Assess. Heb. Ch. to set, to place.]
1. To put or place; to fix or cause to rest in a standing posture. We set a house on a wall of stone; we set a book on a shelf. In this use, set differs from lay; we set a thing on its end or basis; we lay it on its side.
15. To fix; to place; as the heart or affections. Set your affections on things above. Col 3. -Minds altogether set on trade and profit. Addison.
16. To fix firmly; to predetermine. The heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Eccl 8. Hence we say, a thing is done of set purpose; a man is set, that is, firm or obstinate in his opinion or way.
[Webster has 3 pages of the uses of this little three letter word and Strong's gives his long list as well. They do not disagree, but Webster explains how to apply not only spell words. When the king 'set' his heart and all his powers to call on Yahweh there is a feel of steel, some purpose that would not fail or fall until completed, and his people followed his example. Have we 'set' our hearts to seek Yahweh, even with our last breath? At the cost of all, we will receive all He has to offer, that which is without price: Salvation through the shed blood of our Master Yahshua!]
(2Ch 20:5-7 KJV) And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of Yahweh, before the new court, 20:6 And said, O Yahweh Almighty of our fathers, art not Thou Almighty in heaven? and rulest not Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in Thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand Thee? 20:7 Art not Thou our Almighty, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before Thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham Thy friend for ever?
[Jehoshaphat is stating what the people had been taught all their lives about Yahweh and His great saving power. Not that Yahweh has forgotten, no it is to state that Yahweh's children have remembered what Yahweh has done in the past and promised for the future. It also says they are counting on those promises because Yahweh has always kept His Word in the past and they believe He will continue to keep His word!]
(2Ch 20:8-11 KJV) And they dwelt therein, and have built Thee a sanctuary therein for Thy name, saying, 20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. 20:10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom Thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; 20:11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of Thy possession, which Thou hast given us to inherit.
[The king is reminding Yahweh of Israel's obedience in the Exodus regarding these very nations who are now threatening His children. He is also remembering the promises asked and received at the dedication of the temple. The promise of hearing the prayers of the repentant! Jehoshaphat is also reciting how ungrateful their enemies, who are also distant relatives, truly are. We all have those kinds of kin folks and they also try to destroy our relationship with Yahweh.]
(2Ch 20:12 KJV) O our Almighty, wilt Thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
[Our country is in the same fix now. Have we turned our eyes to Yahweh as our savior, not only for the country but for all our needs and desires? How often I do not know what to do, especially regarding unsaved kin. In almost all cases time has severed those relationships until there are only three that I am still in touch with. None are a active part of my life. Even as Judah was alone among the nations each of us will come to the point where we also may well be without human help. Will our first defense be Yahweh or will we try to fix it on our own first.]
(2Ch 20:13 KJV) And all Judah stood before Yahweh, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
[Many of us will not have our family of origin present but we will have the family of Yahweh standing with us, in spirit if not in the physical. As each group of believers join together the strength of all is increased. We may never meet in this life, but as we pray for all of Yahweh's believing children we are joined in the love of Yahweh which knows no boundaries.]
(2Ch 20:14-15 KJV) Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of Yahweh in the midst of the congregation; 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith Yahweh unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but Almighty's.
[The spirit of Yahweh spoke through a Levite, one who knew scripture and served Yahweh as a life style, not a one day a week style. Yahweh's words are not for only one class of people, but for any who will listen and heed. Many of our personal, as well as national, struggles are truly fought by Yahweh through Yahshua and granted us by our acceptance of the power of His shed blood. We are none of us strong enough to stand against the world and its attractions and pit falls in our own strength. Only as we depend on Their strength will we be victorious over the evil scripture tells us lives in the human heart.]
(2Ch 20:16-19 KJV) To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of Yahweh with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for Yahweh will be with you. 20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before Yahweh, worshiping Yahweh. 20:19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise Yahweh the Almighty of Israel with a loud voice on high.
[Strange as it seems to me now, but I truly did not understand the difference between praise and worship in spite of my many years in churches. Verse 18 says worship is falling before Yahweh, and throughout scripture when worship is mentioned the people are on their face before Him. Verse 19 says they stood to praise Yahweh with a loud voice, so our song services are indeed praise services, but only once have I seen the assembly on their faces before Yahweh and Yahshua and that was Tabernacles 2017 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
Judah was facing the onslaught of family set on destroying them. Some of us have been set upon by family seeking our destruction, if this comes to you remember to fall on your faces in worship and you will be delivered.]
(2Ch 20:21-22 KJV) And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto Yahweh, and that should praise the beauty of set-apartness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise Yahweh; for His mercy endureth for ever. 20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, Yahweh set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
[What an army to send against an army big enough to swallow them whole. Just think if our army was made up of those that sing His praises as the forward troops! Certainly would reduce the dollar amount needed to fund the operation. I can see it in my mind.
The enemy getting ready to launch their missiles and our people are just standing there with raised hands singing praises to Yahweh at the top of their lungs. Do any of us have the kind of trust it would take to stand and be counted? We will never know until the test comes, but each time we stand we are closer to that victory over self. The enemy was smitten, defeated by Yahweh as He basks in the praises of His people. Each of us has this same ability to stand as did Yahweh's people of old. That ability is not ours, it is the gift we receive when we accept Yahshua's shed blood to cover PAST SINS. We do understand the need for true repentance, truly admitting the sinfulness of past behaviors [without excuse], and not only setting those aside, but also studying scripture and applying it to our lives so our lives will be pleasing to Yahweh. Judah had a repentant heart at this point. We know they will sin against Yahweh again, and again until they suffer for their rebellion, and again repent. As with the first Israelite's each of us go though this sin and repent more than once in our lives. But as with Israel of old, Yahweh still loves us and seeks to draw us back to Him.]
(2Ch 20:23-24 KJV) For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
20:24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
[The victory was Yahweh's! He set the enemies against each other and they self destructed. We have seen individuals do this to their selves, and we need to watch ourselves so we do not fall into this trap. We need to remember that each temptation is a distraction from the path Yahweh has set our feet on. When we fall there is a savior to assist us in returning to the correct path. I was going to say a safe path, but that is not always true physically, for look at the untold millions who have died defending His truth. Yet there is the safety of salvation no matter what happens to this body. We do not walk alone unless we chose to do so, for both the Father and His Son have proclaimed they will never leave us nor forsake us. So hang in there. Give them the praise and worship they deserve and stand fast and see the victory in your life.]