“Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!!!”

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, And all these things will be given unto you as well.”   (Matthew 6:33)

Anyone know the origin of this phrase  “Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!!!”?

This phrase is actually first recorded in the 1866 novel The Headless Horseman by Thomas Mayne Reid. It was then and has come to be an expression of surprise or disbelief. Jehoshaphat is also mentioned in the book of Joel, where the dead are wakened back to life.

Jehoshaphat was actually a King of Judah and Jerusalem. I shared this in the message on May 1st. They were surrounded by numerous armies from a number of different countries. The odds against them were overwhelming. Jehoshaphat called for the people to fast and pray. As the people gathered, God raised up a respected member of the community and spoke through him. He said to trust and stand your ground. God will fight this battle and the victory will be God’s. As they prayed, praised and stood their  ground, the armies began to fight each other, ‘til there was no opposing army left.

In our Gospel lesson for this first Sunday in May, It speaks of when Jesus walks on the water and calls for Peter to join him. Peter jumps out of the boat, then realizes what he has done. He takes his eyes off Jesus, looks to the water below and begins to sink, “Lord save me!” he cries. Jesus reaches out and lifts him up. “Ye of little faith” Jesus responds. Yet Peter got out of the boat. He took a leap of faith.

As we decide what direction our church, God’s church is going to take, will you hear the call to fast and pray? Will you cry out and listen for God? Who will God’s Holy Spirit speak through to give our congregation direction? Who is willing to get out of the boat and take a leap of faith for God?

Who will join me in fasting, praise and prayer during May? (tues 8-9am, wed 9-10am, thurs 6-7pm) Who will join me to fast and pray during the national day of prayer on Thursday, May 5, 6am-9pm. (formal gathering at noon.)

When we hear from God, who is willing to cry “Jumpin Jehoshaphat!”, take the leap, jump out of the boat, form the famous cannonball dive and trust God will catch us and lead us wherever God is calling us to go”?

I’ll be waiting at the edge of the boat (the sanctuary) to pray and look forward to see who will join me in a group cannonball that will send tsunami size waves that will pour out through our church and into the surrounding community and beyond.