2 Chronicles 17:7 In the third year of his reign [King Jehoshaphat] sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah; 8 and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah; and with these Levites, the priests Elishama and Jehoram. 9 And they taught in Judah, having the Book of the Law of the Lord with them. They went about through all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.
King Jehoshaphat was a good king of Judah, and in an attempt to turn the people back to God, he sent his officials out to the cities of Judah, armed with the Book of the Law of the Lord, in order to teach the people about God and what He required of them.
What a great King, and what a great thing it was that he tried to do. The people had to know God's Word in order to follow Him. But unfortunately, that's not the only thing required.
It reminded me of this quote I read on Tim Challies Instagram just a few days ago.....
"You can't know Jesus apart from knowing doctrine. But you can know doctrine without knowing Jesus." Shai Linne
Yes, we must know doctrine - and, once again, I am thankful for this blog that helps me to just that - but we must also know Jesus. We must love Him. We must follow Him. We must take what we've learned and apply it. We must become more like Him. We must serve Him. We must serve like Him. We must allow the Word to transform us - not just in our minds, but also in our heart, in our soul, in our strength.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Chronicles 19-20; John 13:21-38