September 29, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for 2 Chronicles 11-15
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Context: Today’s reading continues with the rule of Rehoboam. Rehoboam seeks civil war with Israel because he lost part of his kingdom by excessively taxing the people. Through God’s intervention, civil war is avoided, however, the kingdom remains split. Rehoboam took many wives and turned away from the Lord. Because he turned away from God, Egypt was able to invade and take away some of the wealth from the Lord’s temple. Rehoboam grew up with that wealth. It was a great shock to have it removed. Rehoboam returned to the Lord, sparing the nation. After Rehoboam, Abijah becomes king. He, like his father does not walk in the way of the Lord. Abijah tries to reestablish the one kingdom, but is unable to defeat Jeroboam, King of Israel. Asa became king of Judah after Abijah. Asa was the first king to lead a revival. He is considered a good king. He turned the people back to the Lord and looked to the Lord during times of trouble.