SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- When David is called Jehoshaphat's "father" (verse 3) it doesn't mean that literally. It means that Jehoshaphat came from the ancestral line of David.
- The "high places" were spots where false gods (idols) were worshipped. Jehoshaphat sought to take them down so people would turn away from false gods to worship the one true God.
- Jehoshaphat sends out officials to teach God's Word to the people (verses 7-9). Learning God's Word had the effect of leading the people to become more obedient to God.
- This nation was supposed to be a "theocracy" - a Kingdom who submitted themselves to God's leadership. Therefore it was integral that people knew God's Word. You can't really submit yourself to that which you do not know. We do not live in a nation like that, but as followers of Jesus and a part of His church, we have submitted ourselves to God's leadership. To do that, we need to know His Word. We need to study it so we increasingly know who God is and what He wants for us. It's also critical that we help others to know God's Word. For instance, if you're a parent, your top priority should be helping your kids to really know the Bible, and the God who gave it to us.
- How devoted are you to reading and studying God's Word? (The fact that you're doing this Bible study today is a good sign!) What plan do you have for increasing your knowledge of God's Word?
- Who has God given you responsibility for that you need to help learn His Word? Your kids? Your spouse? Someone you have helped lead to faith? People who are in a group with you? How will you help them to know God and His will for their lives, as revealed in the Bible?