Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 11
We saw in chapter 10 how Rehoboam made a wrong decision and the people revolted. That chapter ended with Rehoboam fleeing to Jerusalem. Now we see him assembling his army to take his kingdom back by force. This seems like another bad decision. The people already don’t like him. I feel like attacking them would not change their minds. You then see how God chooses to give Rehoboam some advice. He tells him that he should not attack his relatives (verse 4).
Rehoboam is left with a choice to make. He can choose to either listen to God, or continue on his destructive path. God didn’t have to give him this choice. God could have let Rehoboam attack Israel and suffer the consequences that come with that decision. Instead, God chose to offer Rehoboam a way out. This is just another small example of God’s grace and forgiveness. We see that Rehoboam and the people of Israel chose not to fight (verse 4).
God has given us a way out of our bad decisions and our sin. He sent Jesus to take the ultimate punishment for our sins. We see here in this text that there were still consequences for the wrong decision that Rehoboam made. He still lost rule over the rest of Israel, but things could have been much worse. We even see that God strengthened Judah because of their faithfulness to God. God rescued and redeemed Rehoboam, and He did the same for us through Jesus.
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice – Students & Worship
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