When the people abandon God’s teachings the Egyptian king is sent to plunder Judea. Rehoboam eventually repents, and Jerusalem isn’t destroyed. The chapter ends with his death.
Judea is attacked: “King Shishak of Egypt marched against Jerusalem… with 1,200 chariots…” (vv. 2-3)
III. Important Verses
v. 1-2: When the kingship of Rehoboam was firmly established, and he grew strong, he abandoned the Teaching of the LORD, he and all Israel with him. In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, King Shishak of Egypt marched against Jerusalem — for they had trespassed against the LORD.
vv. 5-6: The prophet Shemaiah came to Rehoboam and the officers of Judah, who had assembled in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus said the LORD: You have abandoned Me, so I am abandoning you to Shishak.” Then the officers of Israel and the king humbled themselves and declared, “The LORD is in the right.”
v. 9: [Shishak] took away the treasures of the House of the LORD and the treasures of the royal palace; he took away everything; he took away the golden shields that Solomon had made.
v. 12: After he had humbled himself, the anger of the LORD was averted and He did not destroy him entirely; in Judah, too, good things were found.
v. 15: The deeds of Rehoboam, early and late, are recorded in the chronicles of the prophet Shemaiah and Iddo the seer, in the manner of genealogy. There was continuous war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
1. Rehoboam strays
2-4. Shishak of Egypt conquers Judah
5-8. God punishes Jerusalem, but doesn’t destroy it
9. Shishak steals the vessels from the temple and royal palace
10-11. Rehoboam’s bronze shields
13-15. Summary of Rehoboam’s reign
16. Rehoboam’s death
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