II Chronicles 20:22-24
‘Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORDset ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.’
Jehoshaphat is still King of Judah, and God is still well pleased with him. He follows the Way, just as his father Asa did. Three armies rose up against Judah, Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir. These armies were enormous, ( 2 Chron 20:2 ) and caused Jehoshaphat to be greatly afraid. So Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah and the entire nation came together to ask the LORD for help.
So Jehoshaphat prayed fervently to the LORD for help, again citing previous victories and promises, asking for that help again. He asks the LORD why He had told them not to sack these countries when Israel first came out of Egypt, for the LORD specifically told them not to attack these people. (Deut 2:4-5; 9; 19) The king asks, “Why, if they are just going to kill us now?”
So God spoke through Jahaziel, the son of Zechariah, who was a Levite and a priest. He told Jehoshaphat not to worry, because “this battle is not yours, but God’s”. The king was to take his army down by “The Ascent of Ziz”, but they wouldn’t have to fight! (v 17) They were specifically told to watch to see the salvation of the LORD. So after some great praise and worship, (at least I would think it was great) Jehoshaphat takes his armies down and sets them to singing as they go:
Praise the LORD,
For His mercy endures forever
The LORD’s Ambush
I find it awesome that it says the LORD set the ambush. I’m a little bit of a military history buff, so I can just imagine these armies coming up and being ambushed by angels. So often when we think of the big miracles of the Bible we think of raising from the dead, or parting of the Red Sea, or pillars of fire, but to literally set an ambush and take out three armies so the Israelites didn’t even have to fight? Wow.
I want to take a moment and address the whole, “God doesn’t do those big miracles like that anymore” thing. First off, we need to look at it like this: When we read the Bible, we can cover in minutes what happened over 1,500 years. So it seems like miracles were happening every five seconds back then. Also, many of the miracles weren’t the huge ones, but rather provisions, in fact, we see the Israelites so willing to ascribe their success to something other than the LORD mere months after such a miracle. Human nature longs to explain things that can’t be explained. We see miracles all the time and dismiss them.
Now, understanding that God does still do miracles every day, and knowing that He straight-up killed three armies so the Israelites didn’t have to, and so they could see His Glory, think about what He can and will do for your battles. How often do we hear “apart from Christ I can do nothing,” but forget to truly trust Him?
It says the Ammonites and Moabites first killed the people from Seir. These three armies all marched against Judah, but only the first two were allies. When Seir arrived, Moab and Ammon fought them. God’s ambush used the enemy against itself. Psalm 141:10 says “Let the wicked fall into their own traps.” I would feel confident in saying that’s what happened, here.
I’m sure many of us don’t have only one enemy facing us right now, but multiple. Trust God to handle it. The enemies may cancel each other out, and God will get the Glory. Remember this, Judah all came together to seek the LORD, so come together with the Church, (not a specific congregation, but the Church in the Biblical sense, being the body of believers as a whole) seeking the LORD, and asking for deliverance and guidance. Today, go to Him and ask for wisdom and understanding to trust in His plan and ask to see His salvation from your enemies today.