Living With Resolve Sermon 1 2 Chronicles 20:3 Page 700
“Resolved” shows up in only 4 Passages in the NIV. 2 Chronicles 20:3, Daniel 1:8, Psalm 17:3, and 1 Corinthians 2:2
Resolve Defined: Resolve means to “work at coming up with a solution”, “decide firmly on a course of action”, and as a noun it is “a firm determination to do something.”
2 Chronicles 20:3 Page 700 “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and proclaimed a fast in Judah.”
Help With Context • In 2 Chronicles 19:4-11 we find out: • He is King of Judah (His name means “the Lord judges”) • He goes out among the people turning them back to the Lord (vs 4). • When he appoints the Judges he reminds them that they serve God, who is with them as they judge and God has no injustice or partiality (vs 6-7).
Help With Context • He appoints some of the Levites, priests, and heads of Israelite families to administer the law of the Lord and settle disputes. • He tells them that they must serve “faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord” (vs 9). • He also tells them they need to warn people to not sin against the Lord or his wrath will come. If they warn people they will not be held responsible (vs 10).
2 Chronicles 20:1-2 The Issue! The vast army of Moabites, Ammonites, and some Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat and that they were well on their way!
The Resolution: … to go to God, himself, and as a people, to ask for God’s input and direction beforehe decides how to respond.
Making it Personal! • How do you tend to respond when you know you are about to be attacked? • How are you being attacked financially, socially, mentally, or spiritually? • Who usually leads the attack, and who defends and supports you? • Who do you know that is under attack?
Making it Personal! • Living with resolve means committing to a plan before you are attacked, and sticking to the plan while you are being attacked! • We, as individuals, and as a congregation, are under attack by Satan and we can resolve to handle him the same way that Jehoshaphat does.
2 Chronicles 20:5-12 • This is a prayer that does three things… • Acknowledges God’s character of faithfulness and history of intervention (vs 6-9). • Applies that history to the current event. (vs 10-11). • Requests that God intervenes now and in verse 12 says “…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
Reading On: Verse 13. God speaks through the Levite Jahaziel. The Victory Comes. The Event is Remembered.
Questions: How do you think Jehoshaphat’s resolve impacted the account? How did his resolve impact others? What if he had just gone in and fought the battle in his own way or timing?
Conclusion: Today’s passage is a good reminder for us to live with the resolve to stop and inquire of God when we are feeling an attack coming on. Having that resolve, and the follow through, may bring even greater victories than the ones that we read about in this chapter. Resolve comes before action is required and is shown when the action is needed.
Next Week’s Sermon: We look at Daniel 1:8 and living with the resolve to live life that is “undefiled”.