2 Chronicles 11 Outline
– Rehoboam tried to regain Israel (2 Chronicles 11:1)
– Shemaiah told Rehoboam that everything happened as a result of God’s doing (2 Chronicles 11:2-4)
– Rehoboam built fortified cities (2 Chronicles 11:5-12)
– The priests and Levites moved to Jerusalem and Judah (2 Chronicles 11:13-17)
– Rehoboam’s wives and children (2 Chronicles 11:18-21)
– Rehoboam appointed Abijah as the chief prince (2 Chronicles 11:22)
– Rehoboam let his sons become governors of the districts in Judah and Benjamin (2 Chronicles 11:23)
2 Chronicles 11 Summary
Rehoboam tried to regain control over the house of Israel. He recruited 180,000 soldiers to fight against Israel but the prophet Shemaiah came to tell him that this is God’s doing so they should return home. When Rehoboam heard this, he relinquish his effort in regaining the reign over the house of Israel and returned home.
Rehoboam had built several fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin including Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, Bethzur, and Shoco, Adullam, Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. He put commanders, food supplies, olive oil, wine, shields and spears in all the fortified cities so that they were strong.
The priests and Levites living in the territory of Israel relocated to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam refused to hire them. Jeroboam had hired his own priests for the high places and the goat and calf idol he had made. They were followers of Rehoboam for 3 years.
Rehoboam married Mahalath and had many sons including Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham. He also married Maacah and had several sons including Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith. Maacah is the most favorite wife of Rehoboam. Rehoboam had 18 wives and 60 concubines, 28 sons and 60 daughters. Abijah was made the chief prince among his brothers. Rehoboam had made his sons governors, over the different districts of Judah and Benjamin. Rehoboam got many wives for his sons.
2 Chronicles 11 Bible Study
1. Obey God
When the prophet Shemaiah told Rehoboam that it is God’s doing, Rehoboam changed his mind about attacking Israel and he returned home. When God’s servant is speaking, we must listen. In 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21, we must not put out the Spirit’s fire and treat prophesies with contempt. Instead, we should test everything, hold on to the good and avoid every kind of evil. We should not judge God’s servant but let God deal with him instead (Romans 14:4). Judging, gossiping and criticizing people is wrong because only God’s judge (James 4:11-12) unless we confront them with God’s word (2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 2:15; Matthew 18:15-17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Timothy 5:20). In Proverbs 27:5, better is open rebuke than hidden love.
2. Idolatry is a sin
Jeroboam set up the goat and calves idols and led the Israelites astray into idolatry. Idolatry is worshiping pagan gods (Exodus 20:4) or putting something else in priority over God. Idolatry is a sin and those who practiced idolatry will never inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21). There is only one God in this world. God exists in three forms including Father God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 14:26; Matthew 28:19). God must be in the first place in our lives over other things such as money, job, family and etc (Matthew 6:33; Matthew 6:24; Luke 9:62).
3. Be commit to one spouse
Rehoboam sinned just like his father. He took many wives for himself which is against God’s commandment in Deuteronomy 17:17. It is God’s original intention for man to be joined with one woman. Marrying another woman or having an affair with another woman during a marriage is considered adultery (Genesis 2:24). Jesus said if you look at someone with lust, you already committed adultery in your heart. If you divorce someone not because of marital unfaithfulness and you remarry, you are considered as committing adultery (Matthew 19:9; Deuteronomy 24:1-4). You should not divorce your current spouse but confess your sin and ask God to forgive you. If your spouse is dead, you can remarry again (Romans 7:2).