Rehoboam forsakes God, and God’s judgment is not long in coming. King and leaders listen to Shemaiah the prophet and repent, and they were merely impoverished, not destroyed. Abijah testifies to the Lord and the Lord saves him from Jereboam.
“But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him.”
Abijah bears witness to the Lord and to his and the people’s faith in the Lord.
This was at a battle against their own people, one generation from the big split.
The northern tribes ruled by Jeroboam, who promoted so much idolatry, so much rejection of the Lord.
The tribe of Judah and those living in Judah (including the Levites), who at this time remained faithful to the Lord.
This is a good example of witnessing.
There are many examples through all of scripture. Hebrews 11 has that wonderful passage of conviction. We see the evidence of the prophets who witnessed even unto death. We see that the apostles and early disciples of Jesus bore witness again and again – That Jesus was the Christ.
Stephen has a very powerful witness, as we read in Acts 7 at the end of his delivery,
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.”
We can be encouraged and even rebuked as we read of these examples of people pointing to Jesus.
Let us embrace the Holy Spirit, His leading us in prayer, His writing His word on our hearts. Let us do as our spiritual forebears have done, and proclaim the name of our King! We serve the living and true God – There is none like Him!
* Father Above,
Thank You for these examples throughout Your word of people pointing to You.
Please help us to do the same today, in whatever opportunities You bring.
Teach us today what You would have us know, mark us as a faithful people who heed Your Spirit’s call.