2 Chronicles 20:31–37 – "Jehoshaphat – The Unfortunate Epilogue to His Legacy" – J. P. Kang
Questions for Reflection
1. Jehoshaphat’s legacy is very good (2 Chr 17:3–6), but here in chapter 20, we read of a qualification. In verse 33, it says the “high places, however, were not removed ….” That is, the places where other gods were worshipped were not completely removed, allowing the sin of idolatry a continuing foothold. What are the places in our lives where we neglect to uproot sin, where it can take root and keep troubling us?
2. What would be the cost to you of removing temptations and, more importantly, to stay vigilant against their re-encroachment? (How helpful are analogies to weeding a garden?)
3. Reflecting on your life, what habits and disciplines would you like to cultivate in order to finish well, doing what is “right in the sight of the LORD” (v. 32; see also 2 Timothy 4:7 and Hebrews 12:1–2)?
4. Paul writes, "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death …" (Philippians 3:10). What guidance do you find here for living in the here and now?