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Thursday, June 13th, 2024
the Week of Proper 5 / Ordinary 10
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Day by Day Devotional - Year 2 of 5
Devotional: June 13th

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1 Kings 14:21-31; 1 Kings 15:1-8

Rehoboam reigns at the same time as Jeroboam. Although his kingdom is the smaller, it comprises the better part. Its capital is still Jerusalem, where is found the temple, the LORD’s holy habitation and gathering point for all Israel. Rehoboam himself is the son of David, his lawful descendant. Alas! With all these privileges, see how far God’s people have fallen so few years after the glorious days of ch. 8 (1 Kings 8:65-66)! Just as weeds can, in so short a time, infest the most beautiful garden, the idolatry introduced by Solomon has invaded the whole of the country. But this is not all! Rehoboam is not watchful and the enemy takes advantage of it. The poor king suffers the loss both of all his treasures and of all that protected him (the shields). Solemn warning for every one of us! If we do not keep watch over our hearts, the enemy will soon have sown the seeds of various idols. Then, when these have grown, he will have no difficulty in taking away our most precious treasures, which it may be our parents, or grandparents, have left in trust to us: Christ and His Word.

Abijam succeeds Rehoboam and the three years of his reign are enough to demonstrate that he continues in all the sins practised by his father.

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