I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


During Dr. Roger Schultz’s great sermon at Grace OPC in Lynchburg, VA, a couple Lord’s Days ago, his mention of an inclusio prompted some further analysis into the structure of this exciting OT passage. I believe the inclusio was a hint toward a fuller chiastic structure (with alteration), which frames the whole chapter. So, thanks to Dr. Schultz’s expert treatment of the text and a strong application. Here it is...

A. National Security Under YHWH’s Protection (vv. 1—2)

            B. Public Piety (vv. 3—9)
                        1. Jehoshaphat’s Personal Piety (vv. 3—5)

                        2. Israel’s Resultant National Piety (vv. 6—9)
                                    X. The “Fear of YHWH”/Judah Protected (v. 10)
            B. Public Prosperity (vv. 11—13a)

                        1. Jehoshaphat’s Personal-Kingly Prosperity (vv. 11—12a)

                        2. Israel’s National Prosperity (vv. 12b—13a)

A. National Security Under YHWH’s Protection (vv. 13b—19)

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