The King of Egypt takes treasures from Jerusalem (2 Chr 12:9-12:11)

“King Shishak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. He took away the treasures of the house of the Yahweh and the treasures of the king’s house. He took everything. He also took away the shields of gold that King Solomon had made. King Rehoboam made in place of them shields of bronze. He committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who kept the door of the king’s house. Whenever the king went into the house of Yahweh, the guard would come along bearing them. Then they would then bring them back to the guardroom.”

Once again, we are back at almost word for word from 1 Kings, chapter 14. King Shishak of Egypt took all the treasures of the king’s palace and the Temple. He took everything, even those wonderful gold shields. This would indicate that the wonderful Temple of Yahweh had deteriorated within one generation, especially since King Shishak took everything of value. However, King Rehoboam’s guards at the temple now had bronze shields instead of gold shields. Thus this invasion may have had a dual purpose, to help King Jeroboam and take a lot of gold back to Egypt. It also was a reminder of Yahweh’s power and the lack of faithfulness on the part of the men of Judah.

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