Making Disciples

In the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah; and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah; and with these Levites, the priests Elishama and Jehoram. And they taught in Judah, having the Book of the Law of the Lord with them. They went about through all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.

And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat. Some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver for tribute, and the Arabians also brought him 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats. 2 Chronicles 17:7-11.

Jehoshaphat not only followed the Lord and walked in His ways. He wanted his people to do the same. So he commissioned a teaching ministry, and it was effective enough to scare the other nations. They brought him tribute, and he raised an army of over a million men.

Good leadership is not just pious. It encourages righteousness and has it taught to others. It also is respected by others on the outside.

Here in America, in my lifetime, I have no memory of a president with more than the thinnest veneer of Christianity. Some talked a good game while others gave the barest lip service, but none have been very convincing.

I’m afraid the real men of God will always be outsiders here, crying out,

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Corinthians 6:17.

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