Benhail was one of the princes sent by the godly king Jehoshaphat, along with other princes, Levites and priests to teach about the Lord in the cities of Judah. The other princes were Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethaneel, Michaiah (2 Chronicles 17:7). The Levites were Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, Tobadonijah, and the priests were Elishama and Jehoram (2 Chronicles 17:8) They had the law of the Lord with them as they taught the people in the cities of Judah and great fear came on the kingdoms of the land surrounding Judah and so they did not war against king Jehoshaphat.
What can we learn from Benhail and the other princes, Levites and priests?
Like Benhail (and the others), we must be teachers of the law of the Lord in the cities that the King of kings and the Lord of lords sends us to. The law that was fulfilled by Jesus, the Christ, who came to convert (resurrect) our souls from being under judgment to being under grace; setting us up on himself, the ROCK of our salvation (Psalm 18:2), bringing us up out of the horrible pit and miry clay of sin that had us stuck in the path of death of destruction (Psalm 40:2; Psalm 19:7). This we must teach the people.
Psalm 19:7a (KJV)
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: …
Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Many of us aspire to be somebody in life; we want to be successful.
But how can one be assured of sure success?
Joshua chapter 1 verse 7 and 8 answers this question.
There are three things that go hand in hand for one to be successful.
1. Don’t let the book of the the law (Scripture) depart out of thy mouth (Talk the talk)
2. Meditate therein day and night (To be talked to)
3. Observe to do according to all that is written (Walk the walk)
The Bible is the answer to our pursuit for being successful.
Point(s) to Ponder:
Do you/I talk the talk?
Do we mediate on His infallible Word day and night?
Do we walk the walk?
Joshua 1:7-8 (KJV)
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
While teaching our 3 year old, Reuben, the wisdom Psalm (Psalm 1), as he repeated it, line by line, when we came to verse 2 (…and in his law, doth he meditate day and night), he said something that sounded like … and in his law, doth he MARINATE day and night.
This got me thinking when I realized that from the mouth of babes, God does speak and upon searching for the meaning of the word ‘MARINATE’, I learned that to marinate means to “soak”. How appropriate!
God wants us to soak in his word (law), a.k.a. the living words in the Holy Scriptures (the Bible). Our minds should be filled with the words of God and we should be soaking in it, so that we can effectively use it (the word) –
- as a defensive shield and not sin against God, displeasing and hurting him (His word that is hidden in our hearts will impede us from sinning against God) and/or
- as an offensive sword (Ephesians 6) against the schemes of the enemies of God (one of them being the world, the other being the ruler of this ephemeral world and his minions).
Point(s) to ponder:
- Did you/I read the Bible (God’s word/law) today?
- Is your/my mind pondering on the things you read?
- Are you/I soaking (marinating) in his law, every conscious (day) and sub-conscious (night) moment?