Obedience and its blessing are contrasted with disobedience and judgment from this point on, in Chronicles. When Rehoboam disobeyed, judgment came. When he obeyed, God blessed him and his. One example is given – the priests and Levites from the new northern kingdom move down and strengthen Judah.
“So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.”
It is good to remember that these words were written to the exiles returning from Babylon.
They were sheep returning to the fold.
Ezekiel the prophet, whose ministry was through the Babylonian exile, spoke God’s words to the people.
We read in Ezekiel 34 of God’s desire as shepherd to search and seek out His sheep, a wonderful word of hope for those of His people in exile.
“I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.”
Words of hope. And of justice.
Further in that chapter of Ezekiel we read,
“And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.”
Israel were in rebellion against the house of David.
We know that by the time Jesus walked the earth the Samaritan people were mostly what was left of the northern tribes, or “Israel” as different to “Judah”.
Jesus calls to the Samaritan woman in John 4 with a message of true religion, worshipping in spirit and truth, that any (ANY) who ask will receive the water of life from Him.
For us – We too have rebelled against the house of David, the lion of Judah, the servant King – God the Son, Jesus the Christ.
Praise God that in this King, our King, we are no longer in rebellion!
We are found in Him. We are His. The LORD is our God, we are His people, and Jesus is prince among us!
* Father God,
Thank You that You are our God.
Thank You that as Son you are the true prince among us, the righteous Son of Man, the Servant King.