Back To Egypt?
Lord, may Your grace embolden and empower me, deepen and expand me, for all You have for me today.
Read 2 Chronicles 12:1-16
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Jesus, a man unlike anyone else the world will ever see again, by eternally bringing together the infinite and the finite, changed the course of history forever” (Wayne Grudem).
Rehoboam’s recovery from his initial weakness lasted only three years (2 Chron. 11:17). Jewish commentators suggest that he had expected God to reunite the kingdom, and that his patience wore out. Depending on his own strength, he abandoned the Torah, and the people followed. God’s patience lasted another two years, and he then taught Rehoboam an unforgettable lesson: if you leave God, you will lose his presence (5). The theme of God’s justice is central throughout Chronicles. First the leaders, and then Rehoboam, recognize this and repent, but they still need a taste of the alternative to serving the Lord: service to the king of Egypt—from whom God had freed them, establishing them as his people.
The second tragedy for the messianic kingdom is the loss of treasure. David had prepared incredible amounts of treasure for the Temple (1 Chron. 29:1-9), and 2 Chronicles 9:13-27 catalogues Solomon’s wealth and its international sources. Now, the Egyptians take it all. The idea is that Joseph collected all the silver and gold in the world for Egypt and that this was the treasure with which Israel left Egypt (Gen. 15:14) and formed the basis of the Temple treasure. From Shishak, the treasure is believed to have gone to Zerah the Cushite, back to Asa, and then to have followed a pattern of loss and return until being taken to Babylon, and on to the four kingdoms of Daniel’s dream. It is now lost, and will only return with the coming of the Messiah. Chronicles ends the Hebrew Bible with the treasure still in Babylon, and the people allowed to go up to Jerusalem. The New Testament begins with Matthew, where the wise men from the East bring treasure to the new King.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.” Pray for Jewish people who do not know that the Messiah has come, with treasure far greater than Solomon’s.
Lord, I think of those who have lost everything because they follow You. As they struggle with loss, enrich and empower them with the fullness of Your love.
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