2 Chronicles 1:6-7 (6/28/18)
Give - Give • June 28, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* Solomon offered 1,000 burnt offerings on the altar when he was inaugurated as king. * There was no command to do this and was WAY more than customary. * This is like giving hundreds of thousands of dollars away. * He spared no expense for God. * How did God respond? * He decided to give Solomon something in return - a chance to ask for “anything” he wanted. * Solomon gave to God what was already God’s (the animals) and so God gave Solomon something he didn’t have - wisdom. * Key - give God what you have and then you can expect him to give back to you a hundredfold return. * Solomon’s wisdom was far more valuable than 1,000 animals.
2 Chronicles 3:1 (6.25/15)
Good Dad • June 25, 2015 • Benham Brothers
God gave David the pattern of the temple but didn't let him execute the building of it. David then gave it to Solomon his son who executed it with precision. This is the pattern of Fatherhood for us to follow today: 1) God gives dad a pattern for His kingdom. 2) Dad models this and builds to the best of his ability, recognizing his work will not be completed before he dies. 3) Dad passes down this pattern to his son. 4) Son executes the plan exactly as dad passed down, which dad got directly from God. 5) Son then becomes a dad and does the same thing.
2 Chronicles 10:1-16 (6/30/16)
Principled Leadership • June 30, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• This is how the kingdom of Israel split in two - it was just beginning and was a result of Solomon’s sin. • Rehoboam was a young king (Solomon’s son) and he was presented with a request to lighten the load of work for the people. • vs 1-7: He sought advice from older men - they didn’t tell him what to say, but gave him two principles for leadership: • 1) Serve others and they’ll serve you. • 2) If you seek their welfare they will seek your welfare. • vs 8-11: He then sought advice from his buddies - they told him what to say and gave never gave him principles. • They said he needed to prove himself. • But they had a vested interest in the king - they stood to profit from his decision. • vs 16: Result - when the leader focused on himself the followers did the same. • Observations: • 1) When faced with a decision always go to those wiser than you and who don’t have a vested interest. • 2) If someone advises you what to say, watch out - you need to look for principles. • 3) As a young leader, watch out for the tendency to want to prove yourself - lead through service.
2 Chron 10:16 (7/2/13)
Follow the Leader • July 2, 2013 • Benham Brothers
Reheboam should have listened to the advice of the elders His buddies told him to "prove himself" to be strong - this is always a temptation for young people His focus turned to himself and away from the people So how did the people respond? They turned their focus to themselves and away from the kingdom They were simply playing follow the leader
2 Chronicles 13:13-16 (6/30/16)
Winning the Battle • June 30, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Abijah became king of Judah after Rehoboam. • He and Jeroboam drew up in battle - civil war. • Jeroboam wouldn’t listen when Abijah tried to talk him out of it. • Judah was surrounded and there seemed no possible way for them to win. • Notice the three steps they took to win the battle: • 1) They cried out to the Lord. • Faith is what pleases God, so when we’re in a fix we need to cling to our faith. • We do this by keeping our focus on Him and not on the problem. • 2 Chronicles 14:11 - look how Asa cried out to the Lord - he recognized God’s power, confessed his own inadequacy, reminded God that it was His battle, and relied fully on God for victory. • 2) The priests blew the trumpets. • The spiritual leaders were the ones who cried, “CHARGE!” • They recognized the enemy and pointed the people in the right direction to attack. • 3) They raised the battle cry. • They were ready to fight to the death. • They asked God to do His part and they were ready to do theirs. • Result - God kicked in and kicked butt.
2 Chronicles 13:15 (7/2/15)
Set Your Heart • July 2, 2015 • Benham Brothers
In 2 Chron 12:14 we see Rehoboam did evil because he didn’t “set his heart” to seek the Lord. Because of this God punished him and his nation. In Daniel 1:8 we see Daniel “set his heart” to obey the Lord. Because of this God blessed him and his nation. Now in 2 Chron 13:15 we see the men of Judah “setting their heart” to fight a battle God told them to fight. Because of this they won - God fought for them. God acted the minute they raised the battle cry. The very minute they chose to fight God kicked into action!
2 Chronicles 15:2-7 (5/12/16)
Dept of Justice Statement • May 12, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• The DOJ made a bold statement equating LGBT to blacks during the civil rights era. • We are watching the disintegration of America and it’s founding principles. • We had to deny God first before any of these could ever happen. • 2 Chronicles 15:2-6 - if God is your problem then only God is your answer. • Deuteronomy 32:15-18 - we have chosen new gods. • Ezekiel 22:26 - the priests aren’t teaching people to distinguish between right and wrong. • Malachi 2:17 - spiritual leaders are teaching that those who do evil are doing good. • Judges 21:25 - with no law everyone does right what’s in their own eyes. • But if we turn back to God He will turn back to us.
2 Chronicles 15:5-15 (8/7/14)
Reformation • August 7, 2014 • Benham Brothers
God had spoken 2 Chronicles 7:14 to Solomon years before, and now we get a glimpse into what this looks like in real life. vs 5-6 - The peace of the city had been replaced with violence (sound like a public school to you?). vs 7 - God promised a reward if Asa remained faithful to Him (in the next chapter we see him aiming for the reward and not God). vs 8 - Asa responded by "doing" something (3 parts to prayer - Keep Watch, Pray, Get Up And Do Something!). 1) He removed what was evil - he got rid of idols (anything that stands in the way of God, even good things!). 2) He restored what was good - he brought back true worship so they couldn't worship however they saw fit. This wasn't just creating good culture, but reinstituting that which drew people toward God. vs 9 - He gathered them for a solemn assembly. Note - many non-Jews wanted to become Jews at this time, not because of Asa's cool programs but by his spirit - they saw him as someone whom had the presence of God on him - this is the Law of Attraction. How did Asa manifest God's Spirt? 1) Resisted Evil 2) Restored Good. vs 10-11 - They sacrificed abundantly to God - people were getting right with God! vs 12-14 - They entered back into the covenant God had made with His people because they sought Him with their WHOLE heart. The covenant still existed but they had voluntarily walked away from it, but by their repentance they were back in. vs 15 - God gave them rest. The peace of God inside you will manifest itself outside you. What happens internally will manifest itself externally, so if we want peace in our land it starts with us! 2 Chronicles 31:1-2: When Hezekiah's assembly was over they went and tore down anything that stood between them and God. He then restored that which needed to be restored (the duties and roles of the Levites). This is what reformation "looks like." It doesn't end with the prayer.
2 Chron 16:2-5 (7/2/13)
Options • July 2, 2013 • Benham Brothers
2 chapters prior Asa sought the Lord to deliver him from an army of 300,000 Now, after he's grown in riches and influence, the same situation occurred but he never went to the Lord When faith increases blessings increase / When blessings increase so do options / when options increase they can often times undermine the very faith that brought the blessings in the first place At the end of Asa's life he sought the doctors - it's good to use doctors, but terrible to put your trust in them Asa put his trust in the "blessings" of his faith and not the "Blesser" of his faith Limit your options and you increase your faith - the clearer the vision the fewer the options the easier the decision
2 Chronicles 16:7-10 (6/28/18)
Responding to Rebuke • June 28, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* Asa followed the Lord and was blessed. * With blessing comes options. * When an enemy came Asa relied on his own riches to get him out of it. * And it worked. But it grieved God. * It takes faith to trust God to bring the money when you don’t have it. But it takes just as much faith to trust God by not using the money when you do have it. * vs 7-8 - Asa “forgot” his history. * vs 9 - God is looking to help those who’s hearts are loyal to Him. * The enemy could have been a test from God. * How did Asa respond to the rebuke? * vs 10 - He got ticked when he should have repented. * Asa took his focus off God and put it on the stuff God had blessed him with. * If you love God for what He gives you you’ll hate Him for what He takes from you. * Asa became prideful and his spirit manifested itself when he was rebuked. * Matthew Henry - “Those that idolize their own conduct cannot bear contradiction.” * You can tell a lot about a person by how they handle rebuke.
2 Chronicles 17:5 (7/2/15)
Established • July 2, 2015 • Benham Brothers
In Ecc 9:10 it says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” In Col 3:23 it says, “Whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord.” Here we see Jehoshaphat doing his job with all his might as unto the Lord and the result was: God established the kingdom in his hand. To be established means you made it, you did it, you accomplished it - you’re set firmly in place and cannot be moved. Think about yourself - do you want God to establish something firmly in your hand? Your family, relationships, job? You will be the best God designed you to be - you’ll be established - if you do everything with all your heart as unto the Lord.
2 Chronicles 18:18-22 (6/30/16)
National Disaster • June 30, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Jehoshaphat was king of Judah - he was a good king but he continually sought alliances he shouldn’t have sought. • Here he was aligning with wicked king Ahab of Israel. • They sought the advice of a prophet on whether or not they should go into battle. • vs 18-22: Israel had rejected God by departing from Him and He was going to deal with them. • But how? • He was going to allow Israel’s leaders to believe a lie - He would allow them to be deceived and follow the stubbornness of their own hearts. • The only way this could happen, however, was if the spiritual leaders of the day believed a lie and preached it. • So watch the pattern: • 1) The Israelites left God in their hearts. • 2) God allowed an evil spirit to deceive His spokespeople, the prophets. • 3) God’s prophets believed a lie and then started preaching it. • 4) The governing leaders believed the lie and started doing it. • Look at today - our governing leaders are making stupid decisions and it is the result of spiritual leaders first believing a lie. • The only answer is repentance - we need it now more than ever.
2 Chron 18-22 (7/2/13)
Judah/Israel - All in the family • July 2, 2013 • Benham Brothers
18: - Jehoshaphat is blessed with great wealth and Ahab notices it, so he entices him to ally together with him (after all, wouldn't God want the two kingdoms uniting as they were when David was alive??). He gives his son Jehoram in marriage to Ahab's daughter - this woman was Athaliah, the most wicked queen to ever rule - Jehoshaphat goes along with it - he's an easy man, it seems, so standing up to Ahab and telling him to "get lost" did not come natural to him. - Now that they are partnered all of Ahab's problems become Jehoshaphat's - this may have caught him by surprise, but anytime you are going to partner with someone you are going to inherit their problems and they yours, which means if God wants to spank one of you the other is going to get it too! - Ahab wants to go to war, but good Jehoshaphat says, "shouldn't we ask God first?" So Ahab agrees and then gets upset because the prophet Micaih prophesies destruction. - So they go off to war! Do what? I thought the prophet just said they were going to be destroyed? Shouldn't Jehoshaphat have said something at this point, like, "I'm not going!" No, he didn't! And this is what happens when we find ourselves allying with those whom we should not be allying ourselves with (and anytime we are out of the way of our duty) - it blinds us to our own stupidity! We make STUPID decisions! Anytime you leave your duty (whatever that may be) and you get out into ambitiously pursuing something God will leave you to yourself and allow your "dumbness" to make itself known. - Jehoshaphat is talked into wearing his robes while Ahab doesn't (which was an absolutely stupid decision to make) and finds himself being pursued by the enemy soldiers. Now remember, these are Ahab's enemies, but because Jehoshaphat had partnered with Ahab they now became his enemies too! - God saves Jehoshaphat in the midst of his stupidity which reveals God's mercy in the midst of our own idiotic decisions. Thank you Lord for that! - Ahab is killed by a divinely inspire arrow. God brought a "certain man" in to complete the task. - Jehoshaphat is rebuked when he comes home (chapter 19) and he takes the rebuke and gets right back to doing what he should have been doing all along (staying in Judah and being a king to his people) 20: Jehoshaphat tries to partner with Ahab's son in a business venture but God busts it up Jehoshaphat learns his lesson but not until it cost him much time and money 21: His dad set him up for failure - he killed all his brothers PILLOW TALK! His wife counseled him to do this - wicked Athaliah 22: All in the family - Jehoshaphat was king of Judah - Ahab was king of Israel - Johoshaphat had a son named Jehoram whom he made to marry Ahab's daughter (this was a bad move cuz she was a bad chick) - Ahab had a son named Ahaziah (whom Jehoshaphat partnered with in business and God spanked him for it) - Jehoram named his son Ahaziah and Ahab had a son named Jerhoram - So in the book of Chronicles we see Judah having two kings named Jehoram and Ahaziah and Israel having two kings named Ahaziah and Jerhoram. 22:10 - When her son was dead Athaliah killed all the royal offspring (all her grand-babies) - sound familiar? She counseled her husband to do the very same thing!!!!!! All because Jehoshaphat allowed it to happen.
2 Chronicles 19:5-7 (7/6/17)
Judging • July 6, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* King Jehoshaphat gave his judges a very good charge. * He reminded them that they are not the ultimate judges. * Their role wasn’t to define right and wrong, but to simply enforce it. * God’s role was to define it. * Jehoshaphat put these judges “Under God.” * The Bible is where our founders got the idea of putting our nation “under God.” * In Matthew 7 Jesus tells us not to judge. * What He means is that God is The Judge, the one who DEFINES good and evil, right and wrong. * We cannot sit in the seat of this judge - we can’t define it for ourselves. * We can simply agree with The Judge or disagree. * Jesus tells us to agree with Him! * vs 10 - a good judge will warn people not to sin against the Lord.
2 Chronicles 20:20 (7/6/17)
20/20 Vision • July 6, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* This verse shows us what divine 20:20 vision looks like - faith. * What pleases God most is our FAITH. * When we fully trust God to be faithful when everything and everyone is saying He won’t. * When we have faith God will come through. * It may not be what we want it to look like, but He’ll come through. * God told these people He would take over the fight if they would just go and face the army. * Now were they going to believe Him and put their trust in Him or not? * They did, and they showed that boldness precedes the miraculous. * The most bold thing we can do is cling to our faith.