Day One Hundred Fifty-Three, I Kings 13-15, II Chron. 11-13
Today’s reading contains some of the chronicles of the early kings of Judah and Israel.
We’ve got a prophecy against Jeroboam, king of Israel.
Then we’ve got Judah also turning to idolatry, and because of that, Jerusalem was invaded by Shishak, king of Egypt. I love, though, that here the Lord has a change of heart. He sent the prophet Shemaiah to explain to Rehoboam, “You have abandoned me; therefore, I now abandon you to Shishak.” However, when they hear this message humble themselves. Scripture says, “When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, ‘Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak. They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands.’”
We’ve got continual warfare between Israel and Judah in today’s reading. We’ve also got a note that while Israel had forsaken the Lord, Judah was not all bad. So the Lord delivered Judah and gave them victory over the men of Israel.
Today’s reading ends, however, with a note about Abijah, king of Judah, and the fact that “his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been. Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong.”
I still love that all these years later, the Lord is still honoring David.