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Msg#1616 Jumping Jehoshaphat

Msg#1616 Jumping Jehoshaphat

What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice


Msg#1616 Jumping Jehoshaphat

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 

“Jumping Jehoshaphat” was an expression often heard and it originated because a king of Judah jumped into bed with Ahab, the vilest of the kings of Israel. “Can't”, “Quit”, and “Compromise” should be eliminated from a Christian's vocabulary. A Baptist pastor memorably said, “they all start with 'K' so just rip that page from your dictionary.” Jehoshaphat's jump illustrates the ugly cost of a Christian's compromise. Jehoshaphat was a righteous and blessed king.“Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab” (2Chron 18:1). The believer having “affinity”, i.e. a feeling of kinship, with the apostate church is a dangerous compromise, never to be jumped into. Jehoshaphat and vile Ahab named their children alike, and Jehoshaphat's son Jehoram “walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD” (2Chron 21:6). Then Jehoshaphat's grandson Ahaziah was slain with his wicked grandma Jezebel when God sent Jehu (Hebrew meaning Jehovah is He) for her “Payday Someday” (as R.G. Lee put it). Could it get worse? Yes. Jehoshaphat's daughter in law Athaliah, Ahab's daughter, “arose and destroyed all the seed royal,” and set herself up as the first and only Queen of Judah (2Kng 11, 2Chron 22-23). Jumping Jehoshaphat brought in generations of abominable idolatry and a depraved woman leader into Jerusalem. The prophet of God said to Jehoshaphat, “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD” (19:2). Don't compromise with the seeker sensitive, modernist bible, rock-n-roll apostate church. It will cost more than you want to pay, and keep you longer than you want to stay.

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