King Rehoboam’s plan to put the revolt down fails (2 Chr 11:1-11:4)

“When King Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled one hundred eighty thousand chosen troops of the house Judah and Benjamin to fight against the house of Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam. But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God. ‘Say to King Rehoboam of Judah, son of Solomon, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin. ‘Thus says Yahweh. You shall not go up or fight against your kindred. Let everyone return home, for this thing is from me.’ So they heeded the word of Yahweh. They turned back from the expedition against King Jeroboam.”

Once again, this is based almost word for word on 1 Kings, chapter 12. King Rehoboam seemed to have a good plan. He rallied the men of Judah and Benjamin since Benjamin seems to be on both sides of this revolt. Anyway, he had over 180,000 troops ready to go to battle to restore the united kingdom of Israel. Then the holy prophet Shemaiah gave him a message. There were many people with this name of Shemaiah. His message to King Rehoboam was very simple. Do not fight your fellow Israelites. There will be no civil war. Everybody was to go home. This split has come from Yahweh. Thus they all went home because they listened to the word of Yahweh. There seems to be a focus only on Judah for this biblical writer. There was nothing about Jeroboam being declared king of Israel, just as Yahweh had wanted via the prophet Ahijah, as in 1 Kings. Only the tribe of Judah did not follow all Israel. So now we have a king in Judah and a king of all Israel. Apparently King Jeroboam who had worked for King Solomon knew how badly the tribes of the north were being treated by King Solomon.

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