Read thru Old Testament Devotional – June 3, 2017

June 3

 

2 Chronicles 10-12

 

The Kings of Judah                                       2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21

 

2 Chronicles 10:1-12:16…Rehoboam becomes King of Judah (931-913)

 

2 Chronicles 10:1-19-Rehoboam, Solomon's son, becomes king (he was 41, and reigned 17 years, 12:13).  Jeroboam, from Israel...came and asked that Rehoboam consider not being as demanding on the people as Solomon had been.  Rehoboam listened to the counsel of his friends and said that he would be much harsher than his father.  So, Jeroboam led Israel to separate from Judah (:19).  This is the beginning of the divided kingdom…Israel in the north and Judah in the south.

 

10:1 This chapter describes the division of the kingdom of Judah from the majority of Israel.  Because the northern division (Israel) was apostate from the beginning, the chronicler does not mention Jeroboam’s being made king (1 Kings 12:20).

Ryrie Study Bible, 2 Chronicles 10:1 footnote, p. 655

 

2 Chronicles 11:1-12-Rehoboam started to attack Israel in order to bring it back under his rule...but God spoke through the prophet Shemaiah and told him that this split was His work (10:15; 11:4).  So, Rehoboam fortified the cities of Judah.

2 Chronicles 11:13-16-The priests in Israel came to Judah to serve God...Jeroboam had forbidden them to serve as priests.  Jeroboam set up his own priests and high places.  Almost immediately, Jeroboam led the people into idolatry.  The “satyrs” were goat-like idols.  Many of the people in Israel still went to Jerusalem to worship.

2 Chronicles 11:17-23-Rehoboam was faithful to the LORD for 3 years.  However, he took many wives and concubines and had numerous children.  It was his intention for his son, Abijah, to become king in his place.

2 Chronicles 12:1-Rehoboam then became unfaithful to the LORD...and as a result, in his fifth year, Shishak, king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem.  The LORD told Shemaiah that He had allowed this to happen because of their sin, and they repented.  So, the LORD said that He would not allow them to be completely destroyed...but, that He was going to teach them a lesson by allowing the Egyptians to partly conquer them...so that they would learn the difference between serving God and serving man (:8).  Shishak took the treasures of the Temple.  Rehoboam and Jeroboam constantly fought.  Rehoboam died and his son Abijah became king.

 

Prayer:  Lord, Rehoboam had such potential and such resources.  He was faithful for a while.  But like his father, he allowed his passions to control him.  Eventually his downfall led to the downfall of the people.  Please, Lord, keep me strong.  Help me to follow You and to keep You at the center of my life.  Don’t let anything tempt me away…not even in the least.  And Lord, please let my life be a positive influence on others.

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