2 Chronicles 13
-The chronicler paints only the positive in the brief reign of Abijah, king of Judah and great grandson of David. In an otherwise wicked rule with much sin (1 Kings 15:3), this chapter points out the stand that he took against the idolatry and rebellion of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (2 Chronicles 13:6, 8-9). War between the nations brought out immense numbers of warriors where the Northern Tribes had double the men, but God was with Judah as His covenant people (2 Chronicles 13:2-5). In Abijah’s speech on Mount Zemaraim he extolled the LORD and His worship done properly by His Word, and he warned the Northern Kingdom not to fight against the LORD God of their fathers (2 Chronicles 13:10-12). His point was that Judah was keeping the charge of the LORD their God, but the Northern Tribes had forsaken Him (2 Chronicles 13:11b). Jeroboam and his troops tried a sneak attack ambush from the rear of the formation to gain a two-front advantage with their superior numbers, but the army of Judah cried out to God for deliverance and He gave them an incredible victory (2 Chronicles 13:13-16). It turned out to be a great slaughter of a half-million chosen men of Israel slain because the sons of Judah “trusted in the LORD, the God of their fathers (2 Chronicles 13:17-18).” Several cities with their villages were captured at this time by Abijah’s army, and Jeroboam never regain his strength in the days of Abijah (2 Chronicles 13:19-20a). The LORD eventually struck the sinful Jeroboam and he died, while God allowed Abijah to become powerful with many family members (2 Chronicles 13:20b-22).
-*Application* It is important for us to always trust in the LORD and cry out to Him in all our distress when things seem to be totally against us. Maintain His ways. He is full of grace and mercy seeking to bless those truly committed to His desires and plans in the fear of Him (Psalms 103:8-11). He will overlook everything evil we have done if we turn to Him with a pure heart and trust in Him. This is an important biblical concept to remember for us. When our heart condemns us, we know that God is greater than our heart if we have His Spirit within us (1 John 3:19-24).
Verse to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 13:18