Our trek through 2 Chronicles continues.
“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.” – 2 Chronicles 20:3
This is in reference to an army on its way to attack. So an army is coming and Jehoshaphat is like, oh shit, here comes an army, no one gets to eat! WTF?
“This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’” – 2 Chronicles 20:15
Evidence the bloodshed is directly a result of God. He could stop this, but he chooses blood.
“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.” – 2 Chronicles 20:22-23
God could stop all of this by sending peace throughout the land, but he doesn’t. He causes the people to attack and kill each other. This is not a moral, loving god. This is an evil god.
“So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.” – 2 Chronicles 20:25
On top of murdering the people, God allows Jehoshaphat’s people to steal their belongings. Biblical morality at its finest.
“The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors.” – 2 Chronicles 20:33
Still? Let’s face it, the people can NEVER do right in the eyes of God.
“‘Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy what you have made.’” The ships were wrecked and were not able to set sail to trade.” – 2 Chronicles 20:37
Jehoshaphat tries to make peace and is punished by God. Evidence God does not want peace. He wants murder and plundering.
This chapter was an excellent view at how God works. God wants bloodshed. He gets his jollies off on bloodshed. Peace is never an option with this evil god.
Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 21: Jehoram King of Judah