Archive for February 9th, 2013

2 Chronicles 11

2 Chronicles 11 shows us a maturing Rehoboam in his role as king.  Remember that he was Solomon’s son but only ended up with two of the twelve tribes under his leadership – Judah and Benjamin – and the other 10 were led by Jeroboam.  Of course that doesn’t sit well, and Rehoboam assembles 180K troops to fight so he can regain the entire kingdom.  Seems logical to man, doesn’t it?  But God has a different plan and sends Shemaiah the prophet to go and tell Rehoboam no.

The message comes “you shall not go up or fight against your relatives”.  Basically just turn around and go home.  These are warriors mind you.  That isn’t their normal course of action.  But “they listened” and did exactly that – they went home.  So Rehoboam changed his focus from one of battle to a couple other areas.  The first was to build cities and fortify them and equip them with leaders and stores of food and weapons.  He focused on preparation and sustaining the kingdom, not growing it.  But the priests and the Levites from all over came and presented themselves to Rehoboam because thir king Jeroboam had stopped them from serving and were focused on idol worship.

We learn that Rehoboam had turned around and was following the early days of his father.  “Those who had set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord, the God of their fathers”.  The influx of positive influence is really paying off.  It is quite a change for Rehoboam to be making, but as is always the case, when we focus on God and His ways, good things happen.  “They strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they made Rehoboam the son of Solomon secure, for they walked for three years in the way of David and Solomon”.

Rehoboam followed in Solomon’s ways in other areas too.  “He took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and fathered twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters”.  It isn’t a thousand like his dad, but 78 is quite a number.  But scripture also tells us “he dealt wisely and distributed some of his sons through all the districts of Judah and Benjamin, in all the fortified cities, and he gave them abundant provisions and procured wives for them”.  Some of that wisdom is now starting to filter in.  Too bad for the kingdom that he didn’t follow it from the beginning, but now he is starting to lead like he needs to.

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