2 Chronicles 13-17
A reprise of the pissing contest that is the war between Israel and Judah. King Abijah of Judah is convinced that Yahweh is on his side, and it seems he was right, because Judah won. So Abijah grows more powerful, and acquires 14 wives (v 21). I guess that’s how he measures success.
Chapters 14 and 15 refer back to the reign of Asa from 1 Kings 15. Chapter 14:9-13 describes his defeat of an army of 1,000,000 Ethiopians, which the SAB notes is ‘the largest single God-assisted massacre in the bible’. However, it’s not clear to me from the text that every one of the Ethiopians were killed.
Now Asa purges Judah of pagan religions. The highlight of this chapter is verse 13 – “They agreed that anyone who refused to seek the Lord, the God of Israel, would be put to death—whether young or old, man or woman.” (NLT)
V 12-13 contains an interesting fact about Asa’s death that was omitted in 1 Kings 15:23-24 – “Asa developed a serious foot disease. Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord’s help but turned only to his physicians. So he died in the forty-first year of his reign.”
This brings us to the rule of Jehosophat. Read this all before. zzzzzz