What to Expect – Week 30

long term consequences

This week we continue in 2 Chronicles and Romans, and as always, our good friends Psalms and Proverbs. In today’s 2 Chronicles reading we hear a story we learned once before in 2 Kings, but it’s worth, once again, exploring, thinking about, and weighing the consequences.

Rehoboam, King David’s grandson, had a guaranteed path to the throne, but he wanted power and control and listened to terrible advice in order to get it. He didn’t trust God’s promises to get him where he needed to be. He tried to flex his muscles to get there instead. And it failed.

Rehoboam didn’t just fail himself. His consequences are still felt today. He caused Israel to become a divided kingdom and weaken tremendously. This put them at risk of being conquered, which they were, and exiled, which they were.

Too often we fail to follow God in our decisions and weigh our consequences. This week, let’s learn from Rehoboam’s mistakes.

2 thoughts on “What to Expect – Week 30

  1. In today’s reading, 2 Chronicles 11:20, says that Abijah’s mother was Maacah daughter of Absalom. In verse 13:2, it says that his mother is Micah daughter of Uriel of Gibeah.?

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    1. Good eye! Yes, this looks like a discrepancy, but often the terms “daughter” and “son” are used in multiple ways. Daughter can mean an actual daughter, a granddaughter, a female descendant, or even a group of women who belong to a certain region or people group. Maacah and Micaiah are the same person. There are several other folks in this story that have two variations of their names. Absalom is also called Abishalom. It is believed by most scholars that Absalom was actually the grandfather of Maacah and Uriel was her father. In another passage it is said that Maacah is the daughter of Absalom by Tamar, but Tamar was Absalom’s daughter. This most likely means that she was the daughter of Tamar and Uriel and the granddaughter of Absalom.

      Keep reading! This was a great catch!!

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