2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 10-12

This is the synoptic read from yesterday so if you are jumping in today for the first time…read yesterday’s post for today.   We now see if from a priest’s point of view.  One pattern I am really picking up on is rebellion occurs at times of royal succession, which makes sense because people are opportunists.  Saul to David to Solomon and now to Rehoboam, the passing of the crown is a very dark time.

Since the time of Judges, the tribes have had issues getting along however this is now a total separation from each other like the Civil War in our history.  Here is what cracks me up…Ezra is being opportunistic when he writes this book. Ezra, the author, is a priest (a Levite), writing this History book to encourage the rebuilding of Jerusalem when the people return after the captivity, right?

13 The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him. 14 The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as priests of the Lord 15 when he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat and calf idols he had made. 16 Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the Lord, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the Lord, the God of their ancestors. 17 They strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam son of Solomon three years, following the ways of David and Solomon during this time.

Ezra is taking a moment to reassure The Remnant People that before the captivity, they were on the “right'” side, they chose the Davidic Line…the Covenant Line.  Does that make sense?  Not sure if I am saying that like I mean.

Chapter 12:  Read this chapter very carefully.  Click here if you need to reread it.

v1: After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the Lord. Because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam.

v6:The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is just.”

(As a result, rememeber all the beatuful furniture in the Temple…gone! and Rehoboam replaces them with Bronze??)

12 Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord’s anger turned from him, and he was not totally destroyed. Indeed, there was some good in Judah.

However, remember the other day we talked about the “dash” on a tomb headstone.  How would his life be summed up? Rehoboam, the son of a man who was given Wisdom, brought Peace to Jerusalem and built the Temple his dash would say

14 He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.

4 thoughts on “2 Chronicles 10-12

  1. I love the word humbled. Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the LORD’S anger turned from him, and he was not totally destroyed.

    Trish, please don’t give up! I did your read through last time. He spoke to me that year and you would have thought I would have faithfully stayed in the Word over the years but I slacked. But now, again, I am craving the Word!! I’m truly excited to see your blog pop up in my email! You put so much time and study and heart into this and it’s awesome!! You are real!! And you help me understand and want to dig into the Word. Thank you!!

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    1. Bethelight you so kind. I explained how God worked on my attitude yesterday in a comment to Marla…let me go get it and cut and paste it for you.

      God gave me a wedgy over my little meltdown. All-day long I heard “Oh, Szymanski…that’s Pride! Are you reading the Bible for Me or for them”? OK, when God says that, it’s an atomic wedgy! (if you don’t know what that is, ask your kids)

      I know it is spiritual warfare too. I let my guard down and let the enemy talk to me more and more. “You don’t have time for this…you have 5000 things going on right now”. Oh Marla…That is horrible! I have time for Candy Crush, Netflix, watercolor…I wasn’t making it a priority anymore.

      But I fixed my underwear and I feel the flame growing again. Sometimes I just need a good reminder from the Lord, a heart check.

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      1. I second the original comment! I’ve never done a read through before, but I can tell you I love never learned more than I have this year. You spoil us with your insight! I have always struggled with getting into a bible routine. This year has been a game changer- a life changer!

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