Sunday, July 16, 2017

King Abijah's battle against Jeroboam

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18 years after the nation split King Rehoboam died and his son Abijah was crowned King. He ruled from Jerusalem, where the Temple of God had been built and the priests of God came to run the services.
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Jeroboam had placed idols of golden bulls at Bethel and Dan for the people to worship, something that God had forbidden. He also allowed people who were not from the tribe of Levi to serve as priests and lead the false worship taking place.
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Abijah could only gather half that number in his army – 400,000 fighters.

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Abijar led his army north to defend his border.
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Although Abijah was a man who in the past had not fully trusted God, when faced with the battle ahead he did turn to God for help. He spoke up bravely, addressing King Jeroboam and his mighty army gathered before him. ‘Listen to me Jeroboam and all Israel,’ he shouted.
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‘Don’t you know that God promised to give the Kingship of all Israel to the descendants of King David? Yet Jeroboam who is not a descendant of King David and his scoundrels have rebelled and taken control. You are indeed a mighty army,’ he announced, ‘and you have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam has made into your gods.

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‘Didn’t you drive out God’s priests from the tribe of Levi and make priests of your own? Anyone who offers a young bull and seven rams can become a priest in your kingdom.
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‘As for the people of Judah, the Lord is our God and we have not turned our backs on Him. Every morning and evening God’s priests offer sacrifices and fragrant offerings to Him. They light the lamps on the golden lampstand every evening.
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‘We are worshipping God as He asked us to do, but you are not. God is with us. He is our Leader. His priests will sound the battle cry against you on their trumpets. People of Israel, if you fight against the Lord God you will not succeed.’

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Jeroboam had cunningly sent some of his troops round behind the army of Judah to set an ambush. King Abijar and his soldiers were not only outnumbered but trapped. They were about to be attacked from the front and from the rear.
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The army of Judah responded by crying out to the Lord for help.
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The priests sounded their trumpets and the soldiers let out a battle cry

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At the sound of the battle cry, God helped the army of Judah completely overpower the army of Israel. Jeroboam and his troops fled and suffered 500,000 casualties.
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The people of Judah were victorious in this battle because they had relied on the Lord their God.
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Abjiah grew in strength and ruled for three years before he died and his son Asa became King.

King Abijah's battle against Jeroboam
King Abijar is outnumbered by Jeroboam's army but trusts God for victory.
2 Chronicles 13:1-22

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