2 Chronicles 13

2 Chronicles 13 has a new king on the throne of Judah.  Abijah, son of Rehoboam is now sitting as the king.  He is getting ready to head to battle with the troops of Jeroboam and his people Israel.  Abijah has 400K troops, which seems like a lot.  But Jeroboam has 800K mighty warriors so double the size.  And beyond that, the Israelites have split in half and are planning to ambush Abijah and his army from behind.  What do you do when the odds are so overwhelming?

Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and tells the Israelites it won’t end well for them is they don’t back off.  He reminds them of their rebellion against God and the idolatry and sin in their patch.  And he makes the case that only the people of Judah and Benjamin are truly walking with and obeying God.  “God is with us at our head, and his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed”.

He basically says that you may have twice the number of troops, but we have God on our team and you’re going to lose, so back off.  The enemy begins to attack and the army of Abijah “cried to the Lord, and the priests blew the trumpets”.  No fanfare, God just shows up when He is called and slays 500K chosen men in the Isrealite army.  That is a pretty good victory for an army that was outmanned 2:1 before they trumpets were sounded.  God not only showed up, he cleaned up.

Thus the men of Israel were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers”.  The reason why Judah defeated Israel even though they were surprised and outnumbered was because Judah relied on the LORD. Abijah chased down Jeroboam and recaptured the cities of his father.  He too made the mistake of marrying 14 women and having 26 sons and 16 daughters, but God made him mighty and great.  There is an emphasis on the good that happened under the reign of Abijah; namely, the great deliverance that came when Judah relied on God.

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