Jehoshaphat, the godly king, united with Ahab, the vile king of Israel. That same good king united with the next king after Ahab (Ahaziah), and then the next king after him (Jehoram). Each of the three kings of Israel were wicked, and the author of 1 and 2 Kings does tell us that. We should know then, that a good man should not make common cause with them. Yet only the author of 2 Chronicles explicitly records that Jehoshaphat’s unity was “wicked” (20:35), earlier we were told that God was angry because of his unity (19:2).
- Making common cause with sinners may raise God’s anger because it is wicked.
- Personality tends to make us susceptible to certain sins and blinded to them at the same time.
- Believers should have known without the explicit statement of Scripture in 2 Chronicles that Jehoshaphat sinned terribly.