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The Defeat of the Moabites

Scripture Passage: 
2 Kings 3:1-27
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INTRODUCTION: Jehoram continues the wickedness of Ahab. Jehoshaphat wrongly joins in with Jehoram. The kings and their armies are in serious trouble in the wilderness of Edom. Yet, they win the battle completely. Why? Because Jehoshaphat had enough spiritual sense to seek the Lord in the time of trouble. Do you have that much sense?

    1. The Historical Details of Jehoram’s Reign (2 Kings 3:1)
      1. Reigned over Israel with his capital in Samaria
      2. The son of Ahab and Jezebel (2 Kings 9:22)
      3. Began his reign in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat (cp. 2 Kings 1:17; 2 Kings 8:16)
      4. Reigned for twelve years
    2. The Moral Nature of Jehoram’s Reign (2 Kings 3:2-3)
      1. He did evil in the sight of the Lord (2 Kings 3:2).
        1. But not to the level of his father and mother (see 1 Kings 16:30-33)
        2. He put away the image of Baal made by Ahab.
      2. He held to the sins of Jeroboam (2 Kings 3:3; 1 Kings 12:26-33).
    1. The Rebellion of the Moabites (2 Kings 3:4-5)
      1. Mesha, the king of Moab (2 Kings 3:4)
        1. A sheepmaster
        2. Paid tribute to the king of Israel
      2. The rebellion of Mesha (2 Kings 3:5)
        1. When Ahab was dead (1 Kings 21:28-29)
        2. He rebelled against the king of Israel.
        3. Had served from the time of king David (2 Samuel 8:1-2)
    2. The Gathering of Israel and Judah (2 Kings 3:6-7)
      1. Jehoram gathered the armies of Israel (2 Kings 3:6).
      2. Jehoram sent to king Jehoshaphat of Judah (2 Kings 3:7).
        1. He informed Jehoshaphat of the rebellion of Moab.
        2. He requested the assistance of Jehoshaphat.
        3. Jehoshaphat submitted to his command (cp. 1 Kings 22:2-4).
    3. The Way Through the Wilderness of Edom (2 Kings 3:8-9)
      1. The path of attack (2 Kings 3:8)
        1. They went south to go around the Dead Sea and then pass up through Edom northward into Moab.
        2. This is a very dry and desolate land.
      2. The confederacy (2 Kings 3:9)
        1. Israel
        2. Judah
        3. Edom
      3. The length of the journey - seven days (2 Kings 3:9)
      4. The danger – no water (2 Kings 3:9)
    4. The Despair of the King of Israel (2 Kings 3:10)
      1. He feared deliverance into the hand of Moab.
      2. He feared that God had laid a trap for them.
  3. THE WORD OF THE LORD FROM ELISHA (2 Kings 3:11-19)
    1. Their Inquiry at the Mouth of Elisha (2 Kings 3:11-12)
      1. Jehoshaphat sought for a prophet of God (2 Kings 3:11).
      2. A servant announced the nearness of Elisha (2 Kings 3:11).
      3. The kings agree to go to Elisha (2 Kings 3:12).
        1. Jehoshaphat confirms the presence of God with him.
        2. The three kings go down to see Elisha.
    2. Elisha’s Agreement to Give Them God’s Word (2 Kings 3:13-14)
      1. Elisha rebukes the king of Israel (2 Kings 3:13).
      2. Elisha regards the presence of Jehoshaphat (2 Kings 3:14).
        1. For his sake only will the Lord speak.
        2. He would not look to the king of Israel.
    3. The Word of the Lord by Elisha (2 Kings 3:15-19)
      1. Elisha called for a minstrel to play (2 Kings 3:15).
        1. The minstrel came and played for him.
        2. The hand of the Lord came upon him.
      2. Elisha commanded the valley to be filled with ditches (2 Kings 3:16); they were to prepare to receive the blessing of the Lord (cp. 2 Kings 4:34).
      3. Elisha prophesied the filling of the ditches with water (2 Kings 3:17).
        1. Without wind
        2. Without rain
        3. To provide drink for them and their beasts
      4. Elisha prophesied victory over the Moabites (2 Kings 3:18-19).
        1. As a light thing in the sight of the Lord (2 Kings 3:18)
        2. To give complete victory over the Moabites (2 Kings 3:19)
          1. To smite their cities
          2. To fell their trees
          3. To stop their wells
          4. To mar their land with stones
    1. The Filling of the Ditches with Water (2 Kings 3:20)
      1. In the morning
      2. At the time of the meat offering
      3. By the way of Edom
      4. The country was filled with water.
    2. The Advance of the Moabites for Spoil (2 Kings 3:21-23)
      1. They came prepared to fight (2 Kings 3:21).
      2. The water in the ditches shined like blood (2 Kings 3:22).
      3. They assumed that it was the result of the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom fighting one another (2 Kings 3:23).
      4. They went in to take the spoil (2 Kings 3:23).
    3. The Slaughter of the Moabites in Battle (2 Kings 3:24-25)
      1. They were smitten on the battlefield (2 Kings 3:24).
      2. They were smitten in their own country (2 Kings 3:24).
      3. Their cities were destroyed (2 Kings 3:25).
      4. Only Kirharaseth (a fortress city of Moab) was left standing.
    4. The Complete Defeat of the Moabites (2 Kings 3:26-27)
      1. They failed to break through to the king of Edom (2 Kings 3:26).
      2. The king of Moab sacrificed his eldest son (2 Kings 3:27).
      3. They departed and returned to their own country (2 Kings 3:27).

CONCLUSION: Even a wicked king was helped when he sought the word of the Lord. Oh, that God’s people would seek the word of the Lord for help in battle!

David Reagan and Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25:5

Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.