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13/07/2018 - LAST MINUTE HELP

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And when Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they cried out to the Lord, and the priests sounded the trumpets. 2 Chronicles 13: 14

The war between the kingdom of the North, which retained the name of Israel, and that of the south, which remained with the house of David and was renamed Judah, proved that it is worth belonging to God and cry to the Lord. The king of Judah was Abijah, the son of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. Abijah did not prepare his heart to seek the Most High, thus, he had no wisdom to keep the people together. Thus, Samaria was born.

Before the battle began, Abijah proved to fear the Lord and, standing on a hill, asked Israel to submit to the divine will. He had 400,000 men armed and ready, but Jeroboam, the rebellious, went against him with twice as many men. In his cry, Abijah enumerated the main points by which they would be defeated, but he was not heard by his enemy (2 Chronicles 13: 4-12).

Jeroboam was shrewd. Although he was helped by the Lord because of Rehoboam’s weakness, he soon demonstrated a feigned faith: he believed in the Most High, who brought Israel out of Egypt, but not wholeheartedly. So, after dividing the country, he raised two golden calves and told the people that these were the gods who took them out of Egypt and whom they were to serve. He feared that the people would go to Judah, to the temple of Solomon, and forsake him.

Abijah’s effort to make them give up his attempt was to no avail, despite having enumerated enough facts to lead the rebels to repentance. He proved that the blessing was with the house of David because of the Lord’s affirmations in that regard. While Abijah was speaking, Jeroboam used a strategy that was the end of Judah (verse 13). But Abijah knew how to cry out to God. Halleluiah!

Jeroboam divided his 800,000 men into an ambush: half before Judah, fighting one man against another, and the other half behind, imposing defeat on the southern kingdom. The king of Judah had said in his summons to sanity that God was with them and He was ahead of them, which was true.

When Abijah looked and saw that he would have to fight on two fronts, he immediately put his faith into action and cried out to God. Then his priests blew their horns, and their men shouted, and the Lord gave them the victory (verse 15). Even so, the rebel did not surrender and continued with his kingdom. About 300 years later, in addition to the problems that never left them, his kingdom was destroyed by Assyria. Was it worth doing that?

In the divine work, in some parts of the world, we have seen divisions taking place; but the example of Jeroboam will always prove to be the worst. Why not fear the Lord? On the Day of Judgment, what will prevail will be the one who did the heavenly will. A last-minute help is better than eternal damnation. What do you say?

In Christ with love,

R. R. Soares

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God, faithful Keeper of the Word! We tremble when we see how faithful You are to keep Your promises. We must obey You, because, at the right time, he who has given himself to wickedness will see that he has made the worst decision. Mercy!

Was it worth for Jeroboam to take ten of the twelve tribes and see his kingdom prosper, to the point that many shouted that he was right? The golden calves made to confront You, not only deceived the people, but also took the king on a bad path with no return.

On that day, despite his phenomenal strategy in the eyes of man, Your hands did not let him shame the righteous, the one who kept the Word. Thus, Jeroboam was defeated. Do not let us drift away from Your will. Amen!


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