Read 2 Chronicles 27:1 through 28:27
The twelve tribes no longer lived in unity. They had divided into rival kingdoms: Judah in the south and Israel in the north. As separated kingdoms, they were often bitter enemies. One ruler, King Ahaz of Judah, had forsaken God, causing many in Judah to do the same. Therefore, God allowed the army of Israel to overrun the forces of Judah. However, King Pekah went too far. His army killed 120,000 Judean soldiers in a single day and took thousands more captive before returning to Samaria. The Israelites intended to make slaves of their own kinsmen, including women and children. They did not recognize their iniquity.
A prophet of the Lord named Oded was there, and he went out to meet the army when it returned to Samaria. (2 Chronicles 28:9).
God sent a prophet to point out their transgression so they would release the prisoners. Prophets were needed back then, and the Church still needs them today. Prophets are called and gifted by the Holy Spirit to help with spiritual direction, especially when problems arise. They confirm the will of God and edify the body of Christ with their words.
Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to raise up anointed prophets for ministry.
Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 28:5-15
—Charles Earl Harrel
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