2 Chronicles 13 & 14: A Covenant Of Salt
Verse of the Day: (13:5) Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and his sons by a covenant of salt?
1. Salt (13:1-12)
But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business:
Even after Abijah became the king of Judah upon the death of his father, King Rehoboam, there was still wars between him and King Jeroboam of Israel. Abijah led 400,000 soldiers to battle against Jeroboam who had 800,000 soldiers. Abijah then reminded Jeroboam, Solomon’s servant, and the 10 tribes of Israel, that God had promised his forefather, King David, by the covenant of salt, that he and his descendants shall rule Israel forever, and that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, shall come forth from them, through the tribe of Judah. However, Jeroboam and the ten tribes of Israel refused to take heed to Abijah’s warnings and fought against him. They rebelled against God as they made for themselves gods of golden calves for their worship, and subsequently God judged and punished them. Indeed, the covenant of salt represents God’s love for Israel for all eternity as salt is a preservative. (Numbers 18:19) Let us be God’s salt and light as we preserve and reflect His righteousness and love in this world of sins. (Matthew 5:13-16)
2. Slaughter (13:13-22)
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men. (13:17)
Though Jeroboam’s army was twice that of Abijah’s yet Abijah triumphed over them because God fought for them and He slaughtered Jeroboam and half a million of his men. Indeed, with God, even the gate of hell shall never prevail against us. (Matthew 16:17-19)
3. Seek (14:1-15)
And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. (14:5)
Asa became the king of Judah when Abijah, his father died. Asa was a godly king, and God grant Judah peace and prosperity. Asa then built many fenced cities and raised an army of 300,000 soldiers from Judah and 280,000 soldiers from Benjamin. However God began to test Asa’s faith when He sent Zerah, the Ethiopian, with an army of 1 million soldiers and 300 chariots to invade Judah. Asa was overwhelmed with Zerah’s great army and he cried to God. God heard Asa’s prayer, and He immediately destroyed and defeated the Ethiopians. Indeed, let us pray and seek God and His righteousness, and everything, especially His peace, joy and victory shall be with us now and forever. (Matthew 6:33-34)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be the salt of the earth reflecting Your righteousness.