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But As For Us, The Lord Is Our God, And We Have Not Forsaken Him

John Collins10/20/2012

2 Chronicles 13 gives the story of Abijah, who rose up against the king and his mighty army.  King Jeroboam had turned to idolatry.

Abijah went to battle with 400,000 men of war.  They stood against 800,000 men of King Jeroboam's army.  

Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and denounced King Jeroboam and his wicked ways.  He said that the king had forgotten Yahweh and turned the kingship into a "covenant of salt."  Jeroboam, a servant of King Solomon, had gathered men that Abijah considered "worthless scountrels" to defy Rehoboam the son of Solomon when Rehoboam was too young to stand for himself.

He said that Jeroboam planned to withstand the kingdom of Yahweh because of his great multitude of men.  Jeroboam thought that the golden calves they made for idols gave them power.  He had driven out the priests of Yahweh and made priests from worshippers of Baal.

Abijah let his words ring out:  "But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken Him!"

Though Abijah had only half the size of the army of Jeroboam, he knew that the power of God was on their side.  He warned them they would be defeated, but he did not say they were fighting against mortal man.  He said, "O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed."

The scriptures say that God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.  Abijah struck them with such a great force that 500,000 chosen men fell slain at the power of God through Abijah's army.

Abijah chased Jeroboam and his men throughout the land, and Jeroboam never recovered his power.  God struck him down, and he died.  

Abijah, on the other hand, grew mighty.  God blessed his family with twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.  

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we afraid when the enemy rises against us?  Do we flee scared, or do we stand firm with the power of God on our side?  Do we claim our victory with the mighty hand of the Lord?


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