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Bible Heroes: King Jehoshaphat : God Protects His People!

  • Narrator
  • King Jehoshaphat
  • Captain of the Guard - With a bit of surfer attitude
  • Jahaziel - Messenger from God
  • Props:
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  • Narrator: Today we have an exciting story from the 20th Chapter of the book of 2nd Chronicles. It is about a king of the southern kingdom of the Holy Land. This land was called Judah and this king was named Jehoshaphat (We'll call him 'King J'. Now King J always listened to what the Lord said. He prayed all the time, asking God for wisdom. He didn't make any decisions without first talking to God. One day something happened that tested King J's faith. Let's watch the action! (exits)

    King J: Ah, what a beautiful day! What a great day God has given us to live here in City of Jerusalem in the Kingdom of Judah! Why, I don't know of anything that could ruin a day like this! Well... perhaps if I were to find out that someone were going to attack my kingdom. Now that just might be troublesome.

    Captain of the Guard: (enters out of breath from running) Oh, King! Your Lordship! You won't believe what I just saw. There were men marching this way, hundreds... nay, thousands! Nay, even hundreds of thousands! Well, that's probably an exaggeration... but king! There are a whole bunch of dudes headed this way!

    King J: (Unruffled) Oh, well are they coming for a visit? Perhaps to form an alliance with us or maybe join us for a nice game of badminton?

    Captain of the Guard: Um... how can I put this? Like, get a clue your Majesty! They are coming with swords, bows and arrows and they've got their game faces on if you catch my drift. They are going to attack us! We are so totally outnumbered it is like light years from funny!

    King J: Oh. Well there goes my beautiful day. Well there's only one thing we can do now.

    Captain of the Guard: Send in the F-16's? Air strikes! Good thinking sire! We'll scare them off with a little air superiority! We'll show them how to fly the friendly skies...

    King J: Captain?

    Captain of the Guard: Yes, your Regalness?

    King J: That's not what I had in mind. Besides, airplanes haven't been invented yet.

    Captain of the Guard: Oh. Well, what did you have in mind?

    King J: We need to gather all my people together, every man, woman and child in Judah and we must fast and pray until we hear from the Lord about what to do. You can help me by going and gathering the people. Then you can get their attention and tell them to listen to me while I share the plan with them.

    Captain of the Guard: Well, that's another approach, sure. Sit tight King, I'll go get the people. (exits)

    Narrator: So the King waited as his people gathered below. Once they were all present, he addressed them.

    King J: Good people of Judah. I guess you are all wondering why I've called you here today. Well, I have good news and I have bad news. First, the bad news. We are going to be under attack from some of our enemy kingdoms within a few days. Their army is far larger and more powerful than we are. We have no chance of defeating them on our own. Now for the good news. We are not on our own. We serve the one and only God and we must fast and pray until He speaks to us. I will begin by praying now!

    (prays)O LORD, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! We cry out to you to save us, and we know you will hear us and rescue us. We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help. AMEN!

    Narrator: Just then, something wonderful happened. The Spirit of God came down upon one of the men standing there and he came forward.

    Jahaziel: Oh, King. My name is Jahaziel. The Lord just spoke to me! Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will not even need to fight them! Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD's victory. Do not be afraid or discouraged. God is with you! Now go get 'em!

    King J: Praise God! Thank you, Lord!

    Narrator: The next day, King J and his people went out to meet the enemy. But instead of people with bows and arrows or swords at the front of the group. King Jehoshaphat wanted something unusual.

    King J: Singers! Bring me singers! Anyone who can carry a tune get up front and sing a song of praise like this:


    Praise Ye the Lord! His mercy endures forever and ever!
    Praise ye the Lord! His mercy endures forever and ever!
    Praise ye the Lord! His mercy endures forever and ever!
    Praise ye the Lord Our God! His mercy will never end!

    (If desired, make up a tune for this and get the children to sing a couple choruses with King J.) Excellent job, singers!! That's it! Now you are getting it!

    Narrator As soon as all the people started to sing, God Himself confused the enemy armies. They started attacking each other instead of King J and his people! Soon all the bad guys who were coming to get King J and his people were dead. The bad guys had so many riches, clothes and equipment that it took King Jehoshaphat and his people 3 days to carry it all back home to Jerusalem!

    When the surrounding kingdoms heard that the LORD himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them. So Jehoshaphat's kingdom was at peace, all because Jehoshaphat and his people trusted the Lord instead of their own power.

    The end!