Archive for February 13th, 2013

2 Chronicles 13

2 Chronicles 13 has Abijah taking over the throne to reign after Rehoboam.  He is at war with the rest of the chosen people that Jeroboam was king over.  Jeroboam had 800,000 men ready for war, and Abijah has half that number.  So it was pretty lopsided.  Abijah tries to negotiate a peaceful solution and warns Jeroboam that God is on their side.  “As for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him”.  But it is not listened to.  Bad choice by Jeroboam.

So Abijah prepares for war.  “God is with us at our head, and his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you”.  How’s that for a strategy – just have the priests blow their trumpets when an army twice the size is coming your way.  Jeroboam has a military mind and sets up things for battle.  “His troops were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them”.  In other words, they are surrounded on both sides by an army twice their size.

Things look bleak.  But Abijah leads his troops this way.  “They cried to the Lord, and the priests blew the trumpets….the men of Judah raised the battle shout”.  When things appear to be overwhelming and out of control, Abijah and his priests and all his men do what most of us do – they cried out to God.  And as is usually the case, God is not only there, He hears and responds:   “And when the men of Judah shouted, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah”.  God showed up and defeated an army that had surrounded Abijah’s troops and had twice the manpower.  That is a God moment.

So what happens?  On Abijah’s front, “the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers”.  Legacy comes through loud and clear here.  The reality of David and his walk with God is making a difference.  Abijah not only won the battle, he took much spoil in the aftermath.  And his enemy – the king that had taken 10 of the 12 tribes, well things don’t end well for him.  “Jeroboam did not recover his power in the days of Abijah. And the Lord struck him down, and he died”.  God is not mocked.  God is in control.  God does reign!

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