Chapter 17: Yahoshaphat Reigns in Yahudah: Yahoshaphat’s Heart is Delighted in Yah
1 Then Yahoshaphat his son reigned in his place and strengthened himself in Ysrayl. 2 And he placed troops in all the fortified cities of Yahudah and set garrisons in the land of Yahudah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asayah his father had taken. 3 Now Yah was with Yahoshaphat because he walked in the former ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals–4 But sought the YL Shaddei (the Almighty Power) of his father and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Ysrayl. 5 Therefore, Yah established the kingdom in his hand and all Yahudah gave presents to Yahoshaphat and he had riches and honor in abundance. 6 And his heart took delight in the ways of Yah. Moreover, he removed the high places and wooden images from Yahudah.
*Yahoshaphat means Yah judges.
Yahoshaphat Sends Leaders Levites and Priests to Teach the People of Yahudah the Commandments of Yah
7 Also in the third year of his reign, he sent his leaders, Ben-Hail, Obadiyah, Zechariyah, Nethanyl, and Michaiyah to teach in the cities of Yahudah. 8 And with them he sent Levites: Shemaiyah, Nethaniyah, Zebadiyah, Ashahyl, Shemiramoth, Yahonathan, Adoniyah, Tobiyah and Tobadoniyah–the Levites and with them Ylishama and Yahoram, the priests. 9 So they taught in Yahudah and had the Book of the Law of Yah with them. They went throughout all the cities of Yahudah and taught the people.
The Fear of Yah Falls on the Nations
10 And the fear of Yah fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Yahudah, so that they did not make war against Yahoshaphat. 11 Also some of the Philistines brought Yahoshaphat presents and silver as tribute and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred male goats.
*Read Psalm 84:11-12 and Romans 8:31, If Yah is for you, who can be against you?
The Captains or Mighty Men of Yahoshaphat’s Army in Yahudah: Adnah Yahohanan and Amasiyah
12 So Yahoshaphat became increasingly powerful and he built fortresses and storage cities in Yahudah. 13 He had much property in the cities of Yahudah and the men of war, mighty men of valor were in Yahrushalom. 14 These are their numbers, according to their fathers houses. Of Yahudah, the captains of thousands: Adnah the captain and with him three hundred thousand mighty men of valor. 15 And next to him was Yahohanan the captain and with him two hundred and eigthy thousand. 16 And next to him was Amasiyah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to Yah and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.
The Captains or Mighty Men of Yahoshaphat’s Army in Benyamin: Yliada and Yahozabad
17 Of Benyamin: Yliada a mighty man of valor and with him two hundred thousand men armed with bow and shield. 18 And next to him was Yahozabad and with him one hundred and eighty thousand prepared for war. 19 These served the king, besides those the king put in the fortified cities throughout all Yahudah.
Chapter 18: Yahoshaphat Forms a Treaty with Ahab: The Marriage of Yahoram and Athaliyah: Ahab Asks Yahoshaphat For Help in War
1 Yahoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab.(King Yahoshaphat of Yahudah formed a treaty with King Ahab of Ysrayl and part of the treaty was the marriage of Yahoshaphat’s son Yahoram and Ahab’s daughter Athaliyah. Read 2 Kings 8:16,26-27 and 2 Chronicles 22:2).
2 After some years he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria and Ahab killed sheep and oxen in abundance for him and the people who were with him and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead. 3 So Ahab king of Ysrayl said to Yahoshaphat king of Yahudah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?” And he answered him, “I am as you are and my people as your people. We will be with you in the war”.
*Shamariyah or Samaria is from the Hebrew verb Shamar which means to keep guard or watch or Yah keeps guard or watch.
Yahoshaphat Inquires of Yah Through the Prophets in Yahudah Whether To Go To War
4 Also Yahoshaphat said to the king of Ysrayl, “Please inquire for the word of Yah today”. 5 Then the king of Ysrayl gathered the prophets together, four hundred men and said to them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead or shall I refrain?” So they said, “Go up, for Yah will deliver it into the king’s hand”.
Yahoshaphat Asks Ahab If There is a Man of Yah in Ysrayl to Inquire of Yah: There is Only One Man of Yah At This Time in Ysrayl Named Micaiyah Whom Ahab Hates: False Prophets Lie and Prophesy Success
6 But Yahoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the Most High here, that we may inquire of Him”. 7 So the king of Ysrayl said to Yahoshaphat, “There is still one man by whom we may inquire of Yah but I hate him because he never prophesies good concerning me but always evil. He is Micaiyah the son of Imla”. And Yahoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!” 8 Then the king of Ysrayl called one of his officers and said, “Bring Micaiyah the son of Imla quickly!” 9 The king of Ysrayl and Yahoshaphat king of Yahudah, clothed in their robes, sat each on his throne and they sat at a threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria and all the prophets prophesied before them. 10 Now Zedekiyah the son of Chenaanah had made horns of iron for himself and he said, “Thus says Yah: With these you shall gore the Syrians until they are destroyed”. 11 And all the prophets prophesied so saying, “Go up to Ramoth Gilead and prosper, for Yah will deliver it into the king’s hand”.
*Remember at this time all the prophets of Yah were in hiding from Jezebel, this is why they could only find Micaiyah in Ysrayl. Yah always leaves at least one to give His words.
The Messenger of the King Tries to Convince Micaiyah to Be On One Accord with the False Prophets: Micaiyah Vows to Say Yah’s Words But Does Not Tell the King the Words of Yah at First: Ahab Knows Micaiyah Never Prophesies Anything Good Concerning Him: Micaiyah Tells Ahab the Word of Yah
12 Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiyah spoke to him saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore, please let your word be like the word of one of them and speak encouragement”. 13 And Micaiyah said, “As Yah lives, whatever my Father says, I will speak”. 14 Then he came to the king and the king said to him, “Micaiyah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead or shall I refrain”? And he said, “Go and prosper and they shall be delivered into your hand”! 15 So the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of Yah”?16 Then he said, “I saw all Ysrayl scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And Yah said, ‘These have no master (leader). Let each return to his house in peace’.” 17 And the king of Ysrayl said to Yahoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me but evil”?
Micaiyah Saw a Vision of Yah and His Angels on His Right and Left of His Throne: In the Vision Yah Sends a Persuading Lying Spirit in the False Prophets Mouths So Ahab Will Listen and Fall
18 Then Micaiyah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Most High: I saw Yah sitting on His throne and all the host of heaven (malakim) standing on His right and His Left. 19 And Yah said, “Who will persuade Ahab king of Ysrayl to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead? So one spoke in this manner and another spoke in that manner. 20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before Yah and said, “I will persuade him”. The Most High said to him, “In what way?” 21 So he said, “I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets”. And Yah said, “You shall persuade him and also prevail. go out and do so”. 22 “Therefore, look! Yah has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of yours and Yah has declared disaster against you”.
*So one spirit can affect many people simultaneously, interesting, keep this in mind for spiritual warfare or this could be ha shatan standing before Yah and ha shatan sent the demons to have them lie.
Zedekiyah the False Prophet Slaps Micaiyah as Though Micaiyah is the Liar: Micaiyah Prophesies that Zedekiyah Will Hide When Ahab Falls: Ahab Puts Micaiyah in Prison with Affliction to Provoke Yah: Micaiyah Insists These Are Indeed Yah’s Words
23 Then Zedekiyah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiyah on the cheek and said, “Which way did the spirit from Yah go from me to speak to you”? 24 And Micaiyah said, “Indeed you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide!” 25 Then the king of Ysrayl said, “Take Micaiyah and return him to Amon the governor of the city of Yoash the king’s son–26 And say, ‘Thus says the king: Put this fellow in prison and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I return in peace’.” 27 But Micaiyah said, “If you ever return in peace, Yah has not spoken by me”. And he said, “Take heed, all you people!”
Ahab’s Plan: He Disguises Himself While Yahoshaphat wears His Robes Like a Decoy But Yah Puts on the King of Syria’s Heart to Only Find and Kill Ahab: Yah Hears Yahoshaphat’s Cry and Helps Him When He is Surrounded by Syrians
28 So the king of Ysrayl and Yahoshaphat the king of Yahudah went up to Ramoth Gilead.
*Even after hearing the word of Yah concerning Ahab, Yahoshaphat still goes to war with Ahab…
29 And the king of Ysrayl said to Yahoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle but you put on your robes”. So the king of Ysrayl disguised himself and they went into battle. 30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots who were with him saying, “Fight with no one small or great but only with the king of Ysrayl”. 31 So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Yahoshaphat, that they said, “It is the king of Ysrayl”! Therefore, they surrounded him to attack but Yahoshphat cried out and Yah helped him and Yah diverted them from him. 32 For so it was, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Ysrayl, that they turned back from pursuing him.
As Yah Said Through the Prophet Micaiyah Ahab Dies in Battle
33 Now a certain man drew a bow at random and struck the king of Ysrayl between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded”. 34 The battle increased that day and the king of Ysrayl propped himself up in his chariot facing the Syrians until evening and about the time of sunset he died.
*Yah sent Yliyah and Micaiyah to condemn Ahab (and Jezebel), read 1 Kings chapters 21 and 22 and 2 Kings 9:30-37. Yah said the dogs would lick Ahab’s blood in the chariot when the clean up people turned away and Jezebel fell against the wall, a horse trampled her and the dogs ate her.