Sunday, January 24, 2016

2 Chronicles 11:4 When We Are In The Right

2 Chronicles 11:4 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.
There is no question that Jeroboam rebelled and was in the wrong. The frustration that Israel had with Rehoboam had been an undercurrent ever since David replaced Saul. Saul’s jealousy of David had become their own and, though submissive to David when they had to be, they always sought opportunity to break free of the Davidic rule.
Jeroboam and the issue of taxes became their opportunity.
However, when Rehoboam set out to squash their rebellion (and could likely have done it) he was prevented by the Word of God. Jeroboam and Israel were their brethren and this whole thing was of God. God would use their rebellion for His own purposes (it is a picture of the sin nature that turns from God) and He would judge it in His own time.
We are often hurt by those we call brethren in the faith. Many are the times we feel we are in the right to go after them and force their compliance to what we believe is right. I do not believe we should do so. These things are in the hand of God. Let them go their way. He will:
  • Use it for our learning
  • Strengthen us in grace and 
  • Judge it as necessary in His time
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2 Chronicles 11:4 When We Are In The Right

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