Week #58; Wed, Feb 06: 1 Chronicles 14–21

Week #58; Wed, Feb 06: 1 Chronicles 14:1–21:30

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. While David’s wife (Saul’s daughter), Michal had no child to the day of her death, he had sons in Hebron (6) and more children in Jerusalem (13).
2. Here we see where nothing the Lord does is carried out in isolation, for the bloodline of Christ flows by His design through David to Solomon with much orchestrating to produce a good and glorious plan.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Chronicles 14, David’s Wives and Children
1. David took more wives and fathered 13 children in Jerusalem including Solomon.
2. It appears God is guiding the paths of rulers, righteous and unrighteous, to fulfill His purpose in Israel.
3. When the Philistines made a raid in the Valley of Rephaim, David went out against them.
4. He inquired of God, “Shall I go up against the Philistines?
5. God said, “Go up, and I will give them into your hand.”
6. David struck them down and burned their gods.
7. But, the Philistines made another raid in the valley.
8. David again inquired of God and God said to him, “Do not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees and when you hear the sound of marching in the top of the trees, then go out to battle for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.”
9. David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army.
10. Fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.

1 Chronicles 15, The Ark is Brought to Jerusalem
1. David built houses for himself in the city of David while preparing a place for the ark of God in a tent.
2. David demanded that no one but the Levites carry the ark of God for they are chosen to carry it and minister to him forever.
3. David called all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it; 6 Levite chiefs and 852 of their brothers, plus 8 Levite priests were told to consecrate themselves so they may carry the ark of God.
4. David said, “Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.”
5. The Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.
6. David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps, lyres, and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
7. The priests should blow trumpets before the ark of God as the ark of the covenant of the Lord was brought up from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing.
8. God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.
9. David was clothed with a robe of fine linen and a linen ephod.
10. As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and rejoicing, and she despised him in her heart.

1 Chronicles 16, The Ark is Placed in a Tent
1. They brought in the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offering and peace offerings before God.
2. David blessed the people in the name of the Lord and distributed to all Israel, both men and women, a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.
3. David appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.
4. David’s song of thanks includes praise, glory, rejoicing, strength of the Lord, wonderous works, miracles, judgments, commandments, covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel, salvation, inheritance, splendor, majesty, offerings, exultation, joy, steadfast love, delivery, and blessings.
5. David assigned Asaph and his brothers to minister regularly before the ark as each day required; others were assigned as gatekeepers and to offer burnt offerings to the Lord regularly morning and evening–to do all that is written in the Law of the Lord that he commanded Israel.
6. Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household.

1 Chronicles 17, The Lord’s Covenant with David
1. David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.”
2. Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”
3. The same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell David, ‘It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in. For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent from dwelling to dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”‘
4. Nathan also told David that the Lord said, “I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.”
5. David prayed to the Lord to let the word that was spoken be fulfilled, to establish God’s name and house in Israel forever and be blessed.

1 Chronicles 18, David Defeats His Enemies
1. Then David defeated the Philistines and he took Gath and its villages out of the hand of the Philistines.
2. He defeated the Moabites, Zobah-Hamath, Syrians, Edomites, Ammonites, and Amalek; the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.
3. David dedicated all the silver and gold that was carried off from other nations to the Lord.
4. So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people using a strong administration of commanders, priests, and secretarial positions; his son’s were chief officials in the service of the king.

1 Chronicles 19, The Ammonites Disgrace David’s Men
1. When Nahash, the king of the Ammonites died, David wanted to deal kindly with Hanan, his son, since Nahash was kind with him; but because fear and suspicion was present, David’s men were disgraced when they went to console him.
2. David sent Joab and his brother Abishai to engage the Amonites who were helped by the Syrians.
2. The Ammonites and Syrians both fled from David’s army when he drew up battle lines with them; the Syrians no longer were willing to save the Ammonites and they made peace with David becoming subjects to him.

1 Chronicles 20, Rabbah Captured
1. In the spring, Joab led the army against the Ammonites and struck down Rabbah taking the kings crown of gold.
2. David took the crown and placed it on his head.
3. The same was done to all the cities of the Ammonites and then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
4. Afterwards, war arose with the Philistines at Gezer where they were subdued by David’s army.
5. Conflict with the Philistines arose other times and each time David’s men were victors.
6. Goliath’s giant brother, Lahmi, was also slain; he had six fingers and six toes on each hand and foot.

1 Chronicles 21, Pestilence Comes With David’s Census
1. When Satan incited David to number Israel, he sent Joab and the commanders of the army to go number all of Israel.
2. Even at Joab’s resistance, David prevailed and demanded the count to take place.
3. Joab even withheld count of Levi and Benjamin because the count was abhorrent to Joab.
4. When Joab reported the results of the count there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword in all Israel and 470,000 men who drew the sword in Judah.
5. God was displeased by the counting and he struck Israel.
6. David said to God, “I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant.”
7. God spoke to Gad, David’s seer saying, “Say to David, ‘Three thing I offer you; choose one of them, that I may do to you.'”
8. Gad told David he had a choice of; 1) three years of famine, 2) three months of devastation by your foes, or 3) three days of pestilence on the land.
9. David chose pestilence while counting on the mercy of the Lord.
10. David appealed to God when he saw the destruction on the land, asking God for his hand to turn against him rather than to plague the people.

Week #59; Wed, Feb 13: 1 Chronicles 22–28

Week #59; Wed, Feb 13: 1 Chronicles 22:1–28:21

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. The angel of the Lord commanded Gad, David’s seer, to say to David, “Go and raise up an altar to the Lord on Ornan’s threshing room floor.
2. Once David paid 600 shekels of gold to acquire Ornan’s threshing floor, land and offerings (oxen and grain), he built an altar to the Lord.
3. When David presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the Lord, the Lord answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.
4. KEY POINT (per end of chapter 21): David declared, “Here shall be the house of the Lord God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Chronicles 22, David Prepares to Build the Temple
1. Key to building the house of the Lord was the bringing about of the altar and God’s answer by fire affirming to David that He was ready to have a foothold on the land.
2. So, David commanded to gather together the workers and materials to prepare for building the house of God.
3. David knew that his son, Solomon, was young and inexperienced, and the house of the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all the land.
4. David provided much quality material in great quantity before his death.
5. Then David called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel.
6. David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the Lord my God; but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars and you shall not build a house to my name. Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. His name shall be Solomon; he shall build a house for my name. I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.'”
7. David told Solomon, “The Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God. May He grant you discretion and understanding, that when He gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Arise and work! The Lord will be with you.”
8. David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son and seek the Lord your God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.

1 Chronicles 23, David Organized the Levites
1. When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
2. Of the 38,000 Levite men twenty years old and upward, David assigned 24,000 to work in the house of the Lord, 6,000 were assigned as judges, 4,000 were assigned gatekeepers, and 4,000 were assigned as musicians.
3. David organized them by divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
4. Duties for making offerings before the Lord, ministering to him, pronouncing blessing in his name forever, care of the courts and the chambers, the cleansing of all that is holy, and keeping charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and any work for the service of the house of God were all allocated by David.

1 Chronicles 24, David Organized the Priests
1. David organized the priests according to the appointed duties in their service.
2. Lots were used to delegate priestly duties to the sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

1 Chronicles 25, David Organized the Musicians
1. David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun who prophesied with lyres, harps, and cymbals.
2. 288 were skillful as musicians and singers.

1 Chronicles 26, David Organized the Gatekeepers
1. The gatekeepers were men of great ability and lots were cast for their gates on the north, south, east and west.
2. Watches were assigned for each gate.
3. Treasurers and other officials were assigned over the spoils won in battles that were dedicated for the maintenance of the house of the Lord.
4. All dedicated gifts were given oversight for the affairs of the king.

1 Chronicles 27, David Organized the Military
1. Twelve divisions of 24,000 under commanders of thousands and hundreds served the king in all matters concerning each division.
2. Stewards of the king’s property included the treasuries across the land, works in the field, vineyards, produce, wine cellars, stores of olive oil, sycamore trees, herds, camels, donkeys, and other flocks.
3. The leaders of the tribes of Israel are:
1) Reuben–Eliezer
2) Simeon–Shephatiah
3) Levi–Hashabiah
4) Aaron–Zadok
5) Judah–Elihu (one of David’s brothers)
6) Issachar–Omri
7) Zebulun–Ishmaiah
8) Naphtali–Jeremoth
9) Ephraim–Hoshea
10) Half-tribe of Manasseh (West of Jordan, in Israel)–Joel
11) Half-tribe of Manasseh (East of Jordan, in Gilead)–Iddo
12) Benjamin–Jaasiel
13) Dan–Azarel

1 Chronicles 28, David Charges Israel
1. David assembled all the officials of Israel at Jerusalem and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people, I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God, and made preparations for building. But God said to me, ‘You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.’ Yet the Lord God of Israel chose me from all my father’s house to be king over Israel forever. For he chose Judah as leader, and in the house of Judah my father’s house, and among my father’s sons he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. The Lord God of Israel has chosen Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me, ‘It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he continues strong in keeping my commandments and my rules, as he is today.”
2. David charges Solomon to “Know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. The Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”
3. Then David gave Solomon the plan of the house of the Lord saying, “All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the Lord, all the work to be done according to the plan.”

Week #60; Wed, Feb 20: 1 Chronicles 29–2 Chronicles 6

Week #60; Wed, Feb 20: 1 Chronicles 29:1–2 Chronicles 6:42

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. David set the stage for Solomon to utilize the materials provided for building the temple.
2. When the Lord asked Solomon what he should give him, he asked for wisdom and knowledge; God also gave him great riches, possessions, and honor.
3. Solomon built the temple for the Lord, and he also built a royal palace for himself (2:12).

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Chronicles 29, Temple Offerings
1. David announced to all the assembly that his son Solomon was chosen by God to build a palace for the Lord God even though he is young and inexperienced.
2. David also announced that he provided the gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, onyx and other stones, and marble for the house of God.
3. David gave his personal treasure of gold and silver because of his devotion to the house of God.
4. David solicited freewill offerings from the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work.
5. David and the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord.
6. So, David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly crediting His greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty for all that is in the heavens and in the earth.
7. David thanked the Lord and praised Him saying all that has been provided for building God’s house comes from his hand and is his.
8. David prayed for his son Solomon to be given a whole heart that he may keep God’s commandments, testimonies, and statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which David made provisions.
9. The assembly offered sacrifices and burnt offerings to the Lord in abundance for all Israel; they ate and drank before the Lord on that day with great gladness.
10. Solomon was made king and he sat on the throne of the Lord as king in place of David his father.
11. All the people pledged their allegiance to King Solomon; the Lord made Solomon very great in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royalty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.
12. David reigned for 40 years and died full of days, riches, and honor.

2 Chronicles 1, Solomon Worships at Gibeon
1. The Lord was with Solomon and made him exceedingly great.
2. Solomon spoke to all Israel and all the assembly went to the high place at Gibeon, for the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord hade made in the wilderness, was there (except for the ark of God).
3. Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tent of meeting, and offered 1,000 burnt offerings on it.
4. In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.”
5. Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?”
6. God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”
7. Solomon gathered together 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen; he made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stone; and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah.

2 Chronicles 2, Temple Construction Preparations
1. Solomon assigned 70,000 men to bear burdens and 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 to oversee them (153,600).
2. Solomon sent word to Hiram the king of Tyre: As you dealt with my father and sent him cedar to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me.
3. In reflecting on his mission, Solomon said, “The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him?”
4. Hiram the king of Tyre sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi; he is trained to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine lined, and to do all sorts of engraving and execute any design that may be assigned him.
5. In exchange, Solomon sent Hiram woodsmen, wheat, barley, baths of wine, and baths of oil.
6. The timbers cut in Lebanon were brought to Joppa by rafts in the sea for delivery to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 3, Solomon Begins Construction
1. Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
2. Solomon’s measurements for building the house of God was 60 cubits long, 20 cubits wide, and 120 cubits high; the Most Holy Place was 20 cubits long, and 20 cubits wide.
3. The Most Holy Place contained two cherubim, the veil of blue, purple, and crimson, and two pillars in the front of the temple.

2 Chronicles 4, Temple Furnishings
1. Altar of bronze, 20 by 20 by 10 cubits.
2. Round metal sea, 10 cubits brim to brim and 5 cubits high.
3. Figures of gourds and 12 oxen.
4. Basins, 10.
5. Golden lampstands, 10.
6. Tables, 10.
7. Basins of gold, 100.
8. Court of the priests.
9. Great court.
10. Numerous chains, pots, forks, tongs, snuffers, shovels, fire pans, dishes, pomegranates, latticework, doors, and many other required items (the weight of bronze was not known).
11. Many items were cast in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah in great quantities.

2 Chronicles 5, Ark Placed in the Temple
1. When all the work that Solomon did for the house of the Lord was finished, Solomon assembled all the leaders in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.
2. The Levites took up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent and brought them up.
3. King Solomon and the assembly sacrificed many sheep and oxen, so many, they could not be counted.
4. The priests brought the ark into the inner sanctuary and put it in its place, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim.
5. All the Levitical singers with cymbals, harps, lyres, and trumpeters made themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
6. The glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

2 Chronicles 6, Solomon Blesses the People
1. Solomon said, “Now the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and I have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. And there I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”
2. Solomon also stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel with arms lifted up and kneeling and said, “O Lord, God of Israel, . . . Keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk in my law as you have walked before me.’
3. Further, Solomon prayed, “And listen to the pleas of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place, when you hear, forgive.”
4. Solomon prayed for forgiveness of sin resulting in any defeat, lack of rain, famine, afflictions, and exile; he prayed for restoration from these calamities when the people acknowledge your name and turn from their sin.
5. Solomon prayed for foreigners who come from afar for the sake of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm and prays toward this house, do for them according to all for which the foreigner calls to you.

Week #61; Wed, Feb 27: 2 Chronicles 7–15

Week #61; Wed, Feb 27: 2 Chronicles 7:1–15:19

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Like the pillar of fire that led the Hebrew people through the desert, God continues to speak and move through fire.
2. The Lord repeats the covenant he made with David to Solomon and promises that disaster awaits him if he abandons the Lord and worships other gods.
3. Solomon’s wealth grew bigger and bigger, there was none like the wealth of Solomon.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
2 Chronicles 7, Fire from Heaven Fills the Temple
1. When Solomon finished his prayer of dedication for the temple, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
2. The glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house; even the priests could not enter the house of the Lord.
3. The people bowed down with their faces to the ground and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
4. King Solomon offered 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep as an offering for the dedication for the house of God.
5. The people also offered sacrifices with music, trumpets, and praise.
6. At that time Solomon held the feast for seven days, and all Israel with him, from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of Egypt.
7. The dedication of the altar and the feast lasted for seven days each.
8. On the twenty-third day, Solomon sent the people away to their homes, joyful and glad of heart.
9. This marked the successful completion of the house of the Lord and the king’s house at the 23rd day of the 7th month.
10. Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer (of dedication) and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. . . . If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and urn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
11. He also told Solomon, “As for you, if you will walk before me as David your father walked, doing according to all that I have commanded you and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to rule Israel.'”
12. But the Lord also cautioned Solomon saying, “If you turn aside and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you, and this house that I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight.”
13. Disaster awaits if Solomon abandons the Lord.

2 Chronicles 8, Solomon’s Accomplishments
1. After the 20 years of building the house of the Lord and his own house, Solomon rebuilt the cities that Hiram had given to him, and settled the people of Israel in them.
2. Solomon assigned 250 officers that exercised authority over the people.
3. Solomon assigned those who were left in the land whom the people of Israel had not destroyed for forced labor.
4. But the people of Israel were made soldiers and officers.
5. Solomon observed the Sabbaths and the three feasts (Unleavened Bread, Weeks, and Booths) according to the commandment of Moses.
6. Solomon went to Ezion-geber and Eloth on the shore of the sea, in the land of Edom where Hiram sent to him ships and servants who joined his servants that brought 450 talents of gold to King Solomon.

2 Chronicles 9, The Queen of Sheba
1. The queen of Sheba also brought camels, spices, gold, and precious stoned to Solomon in Jerusalem.
2. The queen of Sheba had many questions to test Solomon and he answered all of her questions; there was nothing hidden from Solomon that he could not explain to her.
3. The queen of Sheba was greatly impressed by the wisdom of Solomon, the joy of the people, and all of his wealth.
4. Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all that she wanted and she went back to her own land with her servants.
5. 666 talents of gold came to Solomon in one year which was besides that which the explorers and merchants brought.
6. All the kings of Arabia and the governors of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon.
7. King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
8. Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots, and 12,000 horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king of Jerusalem.
9. Solomon ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt.
10. Solomon reigned in Jerusalem of all Israel 40 years and he slept with his fathers; he was buried in the city of David and Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 10, Revolt Against Rehoboam
1. Rehoboam was made king in Shechem and soon Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it.
2. Jeroboam returned from Egypt where he was in hiding from Solomon.
3. Jeroboam and all Israel came to Rehoboam saying, “Your father made our yoke heavy; now lighten the hard service of your father and we will serve you.”
4. He said, “Come to me again in three days.”
5. The Rehoboam took counsel with the old men who stood before Solomon asking, “How do you advise me to answer this people?”
6. They told him to be good to the people and please them and they will be your servants.
7. But Rehoboam also took counsel with the young men who he grew up with.
8. They told him to be harsher than his father making their yoke even heavier.
9. Rehoboam took the advice of the young men and made a turn of affairs brought about by God that the Lord might fulfill his word, which he spoke by Ahijah to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
10. The people of Israel took to their own tents and would not submit to the forced labor of Rehoboam who fled to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 11, Rehoboam Secures His Kingdom
1. When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 chosen warriors, to fight against Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.
2. The Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God saying, “You shall not go up or fight against your relatives for this thing is from me.”
3. Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and he built cities for defense in Judah (Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam, Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, Adoraim, Lachish, Azehah, Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron).
4. Rehoboam held Judah and Benjamin (effectively dividing the kingdom into two).
5. When Jeroboam cast out the priests of the Lord, they came presented themselves to Rehoboam making the kingdom of Judah under Rehoboam secure, walking in the way of David and Solomon.
6. However, Jeroboam replaced the priests of the Lord with his own priest for the high places and for the goat idols and for the calves that he had made.
7. Rehoboam took as wife Mahalath and she bore him sons (Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham).
8. After Mahalath, he took Maacah who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith; he loved Maacah the most (over 18 wives, 60 concubines).
9. Rehoboam fathered 28 sons and 60 daughters; he appointed Abijah as chief prince among these, for he intended to make him king.

2 Chronicles 12, Egypt Plunders Jerusalem
1. When the rule of Rehoboam was established and strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.
2. In the 5th year of Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem with 1,200 chariots and 60,000 horsemen, and people without number from Libyans, Sukkiim, and Ethiopians.
3. They took the fortified cities of Judah arriving at Jerusalem to do the same.
4. Then the Lord told Shemaiah the prophet to say to Rehoboam, “You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak king of Egypt.”
5. Then the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is righteous.”
6. When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, he sent word by Shemaiah, “They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak; but they will be servants to him that they may know my service and the service of my countries.”
7. Shishak king of Egypt took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house; he took everything.
8. Rehoboam was 41 when he began to reign and he reigned for 17 years in Jerusalem.
9. There were continual wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
10. Abijah, Rehoboam’s son reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 13, Abijah Reigns in Judah
1. War between Abijah and Jeroboam broke out and Abijah went out to battle having an army of 400,000 against Jeroboam’s 800,000.
2. At the line of battle, Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim in the hill country of Ephraim and said that the covenant with the Lord and David gave the kingship over to Israel forever to David and his sons and you think that you can withstand the kingdom of the Lord because you are a great multitude.
3. Abijah reminded Jeroboam’s army that they have with them the golden calves that were made into gods, but we have not forsaken the Lord and our priests minister to the Lord as the sons of Aaron did.
4. Even though Jeroboam had sent an ambush around behind Abijah to surround him, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
5. The men of Israel fled before Judah losing 500,000 men because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers.
6. Jeroboam did not recover his power in the days of Abijah and the Lord struck Jeroboam down, but Abijah grew strong.
7. Abijah had 14 wives, 22 sons and 16 daughters.

2 Chronicles 14, Asa Reigns in Judah
1. Abijah was buried in the city of David and Asa his son reigned in his place.
2. Asa did good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.
3. He took away the foreign altars and the high places, broke down the pillars, cut down the Asherim; he commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment.
4. He took out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense altars and the kingdom had rest under Asa.
5. Asa had an army of 300,000 from Judah and 280,000 from Benjamin.
6. Zerah the Ethiopian came against Asa with 1,000,000 men and 300 chariots and Asa went out to meet them where he cried out to the Lord for help.
7. So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah; they fled until none remained alive, for they were broken before the Lord and his army.
8. The men of Judah carried away much spoil and returned to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 15, Asa’s Religious Reforms
1. Azariah said to Asa, the Lord of God is with you and if you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
2. Asa listened to the prophecy of Azariah, he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim.
3. He repaired the altar of the Lord and gathered all Judah and Benjamin and those in Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing with them.
4. They gathered in Jerusalem and sacrificed to the Lord on that day sacrificing 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep.
5. They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord with all their heart and soul.
6. Whoever would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman.
7. They swore an oath to the Lord with a loud voice and with shouting and with trumpets and with horns.
8. Asa’s mother Maacah was removed from being queen mother because she had made a detestable image for Ashera; he cut it down and crushed it then burned it.
9. However, he did not take down the high places out of Israel.
10. Asa brought into the house of God the sacred gifts of his father and his own sacred gifts, silver, and gold, and vessels.
11. There was no more war until the thirty-firth year of the reign of Asa.