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.” 10 v19
It’s good to remember that these words were written to the exiles returning from Babylon.
They were sheep returning to the fold.
Ezekiel, whose ministry was in the Babylonian exile, spoke God’s words to the people, and in ch 34 we read 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).
v16, “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, but also justice.
And it’s v24 that speaks into today’s Chronicles reading, “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 (from the time of Rehoboam to the exiles returning).
We know that by Jesus’ time, the Samaritan people were mostly what was left (intermingled with the other peoples, 2 Kings 17 v24) of Israel (the northern tribes). But Jesus calls out to the Samaritan woman and we have that wonderful message of believers worshipping in spirit and truth (John 4).
For us, we have all been in rebellion against the house of David. But praise God, in Jesus, 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!