September 27, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 2 Chronicles 11-15
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Commentary: We are continuing with the rule of Rehoboam, who seeks civil war with Israel because they left when he began excessive taxing the people. Civil war is avoided, through God’s intervention, however, the kingdom remains split. Rehoboam also remained distant from the Lord, ignoring His instructions. By failing to follow the Lord, Egypt was able to invade, taking some of the wealth from the Lord’s temple. The loss of that wealth, with which Rehoboam grew up, was a great shock, causing Rehoboam to return to the Lord, which spared the nation from total destruction. Abijah became king after Rehoboam, and like his father, did not walk in the way of the Lord. Abijah attempted to reunite the two kingdoms, but was unable to defeat Jeroboam, King of Israel. Asa was a very different king from his father Abijah. Asa was the first king to lead a revival, bringing the people back to the Lord and looking to the Lord during times of trouble.
Focus Verses: 12:7-11 What do these verses teach you about the Lord and repentance? Does repenting mean that you will not suffer for your past sins? Does it mean that you will not face struggles or challenges? Do you still have to face consequences for your actions? Why is it better to suffer with the Lord than without Him?