Five Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Came From The Bible
Jumping Jehoshaphat – January 22, 2016

2 Kings 3:11, But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, through whom we may inquire of the LORD?” An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.” 12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. 13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.” “No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.” 14 Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. 15 But now bring me a harpist.” While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha 16 and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. 17 For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; He will also deliver Moab into your hands. 19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”

This week’s daily Inspirational Thoughts have focused on commonly used phrases that most people do not realize came from the Bible. If you missed any of those, you can find them on my daily blog @

The fifth phrase that came from Scripture is, “jumping Jehoshaphat.” Yes, it’s kind of fun to say, “jumping Jehoshaphat,” but who was Jehoshaphat and why was he jumping? Jehoshaphat was a king in Israel who was surrounded by a much stronger and more powerful army. From an earthly perspective, Jehoshaphat and his troops were facing certain defeat and death. So, Jehoshaphat called for the prophet Elisha and asked him to beg God for help. Then God said, “This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord…” Did you get that? God told Jehoshaphat “your biggest enemy is easy for God to defeat.” That’s true for us today. The biggest challenges we face are easy things for God to handle.

So, now you know King Jehoshaphat was jumping for joy. More importantly, don’t ever forget that every big difficulty for us is an easy thing for God, if you will truly ask for His help. So start jumping!

Think about it…and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D