The Difference Between Two Kingdoms
During the reign of King Ahab of northern Israel, he decided to enact orders that changed how worship was conducted. The worship was to be to idols instead of the LORD. In the southern kingdom of Israel, in Judah, King Jehoshaphat was reigning in peace and prosperity while eliminating foreign idol worship.
These two kingdoms contrasted by their spiritual worship as well as who they spiritually worshiped. Jehoshaphat grew stronger when he made reforms to eliminate all foreign worship and institute steadfast love and devotion to the LORD. Meanwhile, King Ahab was making sure that foreign worship was instituted by the hand of his wife.
While the northern kingdom of Israel was a larger territory than Judah, it was noted in multiple passages that the southern kingdom learned to fortify itself. Could this physical fortification be of significance? The kingdom of Judah had to rely to the LORD to provide defense against the attack of those around them. Yet, they had everything they needed.
Meanwhile, the kingdom of northern Israel would ask the southern kingdom for help to battle their enemies. Why would the larger kingdom ask for help to the smaller territory?
“The LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David.” – Chronicles 17: 3
Therefore, this serves as a careful example of the differences that our spiritual walk makes.