I love when, after having read the Bible through several times, God reveals something that you have never seen before. I pray that this continues when several times becomes hundreds.
If you’re reading along with me, and you’re keeping score, Israel is loosing to Judah big time when it comes to good kings. And things only get worse for them. But so far, Judah has been doing pretty well. A great example of this would be Jehoshaphat, the son of Asa. He is a true leader of his people and sets out to ensure that Judah is a nation who loves and fears and trusts in the Lord. In order to accomplish this, he does something that no other king in Israel’s history does. He provides free Theological education employing the best Biblical scholars and pastors of the day to instruct the people in the ways of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 17:7-9 reads:
7 In the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah; 8 and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah; and with these Levites, the priests Elishama and Jehoram. 9 And they taught in Judah, having the Book of the Law of the Lord with them. They went about through all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.
Now just imagine if Barak Obama decided to employ the services of D.A. Carson, Thomas Schriner, Peter Williams, P.T. O’brein, John Piper, David Powlison, Tim Keller, Mark Dever, and J.I. Packer, and sent them out on tour throughout the U.S. teaching the law of Christ to the whole of the nation. This is basically what Jehoshaphat has done. Now, obviously, this would never happen today, but what we can learn from this story is that we should place a similarly high value on learning God’s word. Make the most of every resource. Dig in. Meditate. Consume the food of wisdom and knowledge that God has so gracious provided for us and rejoice in His greatness and love.