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2 CHRONICLES 11:1-13:22 | ROMANS 8:26-39 | PSALM 18:37-50 | PROVERBS 19:27-29
We now enter into the life and times of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son who caused the great divide among the children of Israel when he assumed the throne. Rehoboam went about the business of governing the southern part of the kingdom called Judah, and the people belonging to the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi were predominantly his subjects.
But it wasn’t long before Rehoboam went astray, and we see Jerusalem defeated by the southern neighbor, Egypt. Rehoboam reigned for seventeen years, and was succeeded by his son, Abijah.
Next, we get a refresher on this line of kings, starting with Abijah’s life and times. There is an account of a clear and undisputed victory of Abijah’s forces routing Jeroboam in the northern territories. Jeroboam, if you recall, was the rebel who had appointed himself as king of Israel, and had caused the rift for a long and deep divide in the people of Israel.
We shall continue to learn how these kings—of Judah and Israel—influence and shape the life and times of the Hebrew people.
Next, we turn to our reading in the book of Romans. Paul is determined to explain the unique role that the Holy Spirit plays in the life of the believer. It is indeed comforting to learn that when we ourselves do not know how to pray and what to pray for, it is the Spirit that intercedes on our behalf with our best intentions as the motivation.
Paul says, 26We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
And he continues with these words of comfort and encouragement that are sure to stand the test of time: 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
So great is Paul’s belief in God’s goodness and provision, that he speaks for all believers when he says: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Turning now to our psalm for the day, we find ourselves still ploughing through Psalm 18. David is vociferous in his belief in the Lord God Almighty’s great love and provision to him and to all his descendants when he says this:
46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!
47 He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,
48 who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.
50 He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing love to his anointed,
to David and to his descendants forever.
Finally, one verse from the book of Proverbs that should serve as a reminder for what not to do, i.e., to never stop listening to instruction:
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.