I want to deviate some from the writing format I’ve been using, so far. I want to give the background of this chapter in order to condense this. This is about 2 Chronicles, Chapter 10. I hate to include the whole chapter.
Rehoboam, who is Solomon’s son, became king after Solomon died. The Israelites sent spokesmen to King Rehoboam to ask him to lighten their work load. They said his father had been much too harsh on them. They asked him to lighten their work load and promised they would be loyal to him in return. He told them to come back in three days so that he could have some time to think about it.
First, King Rehoboam went to get advice from the old men who told him that if he lightened the Israelites work load and talked nicely to them, they would be his servants forever. Then King Rehoboam went to get the advice of the young men (his friends) who told him to tell the Israelites that if they thought his father made their workload heavy, just wait and see how heavy he was going to make it. His friends told him that he was much more of a man than his father. (Paraphrased)
Well, after three days, the Israelites came back to King Rehoboam to get his reply to their request to lighten their workload. He ignored the advice of the older men. And answered the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 10, verse 14. The Israelites rebelled against King Rehoboam.
I wish supervisors and managers would read this passage. It shows that the treatment the boss gives their employees can make the difference of whether the employees are loyal and productive or whether they rebel. The other thing that this passage reminds me of is how easy it is for people to ignore the advice God has given them through the Bible and choose to follow the advice of their friends instead. Obviously, friends don’t always have the best of advice, as evidenced in this passage.
And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. 2 Chronicles 16, verses 12-13.
This passage makes me stand up and take note. It becomes apparent to me that God wants us to turn to Him first and foremost when we are ill. I’m not saying that physicians don’t have a place, but I get a clear message that Asa didn’t turn to God at all. He put his faith totally in physicians, and he died in the natural course of his disease.
In contrast, if Asa had turned to God and put his faith in Him, he wouldn’t have died. Sometimes it gets easy to get caught up in the world of science and medicine and to put our total trust in them. I feel that although there have been many medical and scientific breakthroughs; we need to make sure our primary focus is on God. We want Him to guide us to the correct physicians, when needed and to guide those physicians in their actions.
This Passage Shows How God Can Take Care of Us Despite All Odds
And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; And He said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the Salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, verses 13-19.
God told Jehoshaphat that his men wouldn’t even need to fight this battle, because God wanted them to see the Salvation of the LORD. Now, Jehoshaphat didn’t doubt God. He didn’t even tell his men to carry spears with them just in case God didn’t pull through. Jehoshaphat trusted God to take care of him, just as we need to trust God will take care of us.
In the following verses, it tells how the men who wanted to fight with Jehoshaphat had hidden themselves in the countryside. Jehoshaphat had singers walk in front of his men saying, “Praise the LORD for His mercy endureth for ever.” 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, part of verse 21.
Anyway, the soldiers that were in the countryside preparing to ambush Jehoshaphat and his men, killed each other instead. Jehoshaphat and his men didn’t have to lift a finger.
It says in 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, verse 29, And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
So, God used this battle as a sign to help people realize that He is the One True God, all powerful, and He takes care of His people when they obey Him.
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