Ancient Paths Title

Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it.  —Jeremiah 6:16


Messenger: Jehoshaphat
Focus: The People of Judah
Time Period: 873–849 BC

The Invading Armies Destroy One Another



The Moabite and Ammonite people had a history of contention and war with the Israelites, and they were positioned to invade Jerusalem.


Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise the Lord; knowing God is enthroned upon the praises of Israel. The Spirit of the Lord inhabited the assembly and came upon Jahaziel, a Levite, to prophesy the battle was not theirs, but God's. Jehoshaphat resolved to seek the Lord and petitioned Him for help, and proclaiming a fast for all of Judah. Jehoshaphat led everyone in a prayer appealing to the Lord's covenant with the people and the land of Judah.


As they began to sing and praise the Lord sets an ambush against the men of Ammon and Moab invading Judah. The invading enemies turned and fought against each other and were defeated. Jehoshaphat and Israel carried off the spoils.  

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You . . . . And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: 'Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.' Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”
—2 Chronicles 20:3–4, 21–22