2 Chronicles 11

In 2 Chronicles 11 Rehoboam was back in Jerusalem and pulling together the warriors amongst his people to do battle and take back the kingdom.  But God spoke to Shemaiah and told him to “Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon….You shall not go up or fight against your relatives”.  Those were not the words that Rehoboam wanted to hear.  After all, he was assembling his army to go do battle. Wisely though, he listens and has every man returns to his home. So they listened to the word of the Lord and returned and did not go against Jeroboam.

Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem, and he built cities for defense in Judah”.  All told, he built fifteen fortified cities across Judah and Benjamin.  But beyond just building the cities, he “put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine….shields and spears in all the cities and made them very strong”.  Their location seems to have been dictated by threat from Egypt.  He is beginning to show some of that wisdom that his dad had.  Maybe some of it rubbed off on him beyond what seemed apparent in his early days on the throne.

While that is happening in Jerusalem, Jeroboam is putting priests and idols in place and making some wrong decisions.  The Levites left that land where Jeroboam was walking in disobedience to God and moved to Judah and Jerusalem.  This was in response to the state-sponsored idolatry of Jeroboam, the first king of the northern kingdom.  These godly servants of the LORD refused to live in a kingdom where worshipping God as He commanded was against the law.

Rehoboam “took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and fathered twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters”.  He was a busy guy just like his father.  And he made some of the same mistakes.  Rehoboam obviously did not learn from his father Solomon’s error. Though he had far fewer wives and concubines, he still had a heart that broke the command of Deuteronomy 17:17. Although he failed on the home front, “he dealt wisely and distributed some of his sons through all the districts of Judah and Benjamin”.


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