My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

2 Chronicles 13

King Abijah

King Abijah reigned in Judah for three years, and he warred against Jeroboam of Israel, each with hundreds and thousands of men.

Abijah called to Jeroboam from a mountain, telling him that God had chosen David's line. He reminded them that they had turned against God, but Judah had a legitimate priesthood, and were still following God. Abijah urged the Israelites to stop fighting their God.

Judah won that battle, and Abijah took some cities, including Bethel.

Abijah's reign was also recorded in the prophet Iddo's writings.

Key verse:
12. Men of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you will not succeed.

My thoughts:
Obviously, Judah is seen in a very positive light compared to Israel. I find it interesting, however, that despite Israel's lack of a temple and real possibility of fulfilling all the laws relating to the tabernacle, God is still clearly wanting to work in Israel. God knows that Israel is not going to fulfil the temple law, but he still wants people's hearts, as is clear by Israel's many prophets.

I have never heard of the prophet Iddo before. His writings are obviously lost. They would be interesting if found.

Abijah is seen very positive in this chapter, however in Kings, he is said to be committing the sins of his father, Rehoboam.


Blogger Jesus Crux said...

so do these get updated on the day or do you post a few days late?

1:01 am

Blogger Pete W said...

Generally I try to do them everyday, but at the moment, I'm about 3 days behind. I'll be up-to-date by the end of the week.

Sometimes it takes blogspot a little while to actually publish my posts too.

7:49 am


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