In Isaac shall thy SEED be called
Elisha said, were it not for the presence of Jehoshaphat that he wouldn't regard the battle these people were coming up against.
Not only was Jehoshaphat a descendant from which came our Lord according to the flesh but he also had the faith of Abraham that says, "in thy SEED all nations shall be blessed," and "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you."
What does Paul have to say about this? In Romans 9 he wrote, "Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed."
He also said in Galatians 3, "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham."
So although the king of Israel, and the King of Edomite, which were both descendants of the children of Abraham, the Lord only regarded them for the presence of Jehoshaphat, whose faith was after the same manner of Abraham, whose hope wasn't in his flesh or his own power but in that of God, for he trusted God's word above all else. After all, he was the one who called to inquire of the Lord before the battle.
He wasn't chosen because of God saw him as better, but God chose Him because He had faith in God, and in His Christ, who would be His deliverer and salvation from te enemy. The enemy was always a threat of death, but thru the LORD we have always had hope in salvation. In Hebrews 12 it says, "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever."
Our God has always been His people's hope for salvation in those days and still today. Jesus Christ was their hope then, Jesus Christ is our hope today. He is God, He became flesh for our redemption.
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