2 Chronicles 12

2 Chronicles 12 begins with the words that will lead to the end of Rehoboam’s reign.  Scripture tells us “rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him”.  Five years into his seat on the throne, the king of Egypt comes in and took the cities Rehoboam had built and fortified.  And just to be sure Rehoboam didn’t miss the root cause, God sends Shemaiah the prophet to tell him “You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak”.

Let’s face it.  God isn’t tolerant of disobedience.  The good news is that Shemaiah got his attention.  “The princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves”.  Want to know how to deal with sin in your life.  This is where it starts – with the humility to admit it and begin to get in right relationship with God.  Then they said “The Lord is righteous”.  Scripture doesn’t record that they confessed their sin here, but in other places in God’s Word we see that as a step in the restoration process.

Then something amazing happens.  God, who is always watching and paying attention, sees and hears their actions.  And God tells Shemaiah “They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem”.  But God doesn’t take away the consequences as God allows Rehoboam’s people to be servants to the king of Egypt.  That’s the problem with sin.  Even with forgiveness, consequences still exist. And in this case it was some slave labor.

When he humbled himself the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to make a complete destruction”.  Rehoboam got back on his feet and reigned for seventeen years.  He started pretty well, but got lost along the way.   The wars continued between himself and Jeroboam until he died.  We’re told “he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord”.  He dies and his son Abijah takes the throne.

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