Forsaken

(Psalm 22:1-2)
Forsaken

God, why have you
Forsaken me?
I cry all day
But you don’t hear.

~Day

SECOND CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWELVE

SECOND CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWELVE

1 Soon after Rehoboam had control

               Over his kingdom, he and everyone

               In Judah stopped obeying God, 2 so in

Year five of Rehoboam’s rule, the Lord

               Punished them for their unfaithfulness and

               Allowed King Shishak out of Egypt to

Strike Judah. 3 Shishak raided with his army

               Of chariots (one thousand and two hundred)

               And sixty thousand troops of cavalry,

And some Egyptian soldiers out of Libya,

               Sukkoth, and Ethiopia. 4 He captured

               Each fort in Judah and then marched into

Jerusalem. 5 To flee from Shishak’s raid,

               King Rehoboam and Judean leaders

               Had hurried to Jerusalem, and while

They were there, Prophet Shemaiah told

               Them, “God says that because you’ve disobeyed

               Him, he has now abandoned you. The Lord

Will not help you to fight with Shishak!” 6 So

               King Rehoboam and the leaders humbled

               Themselves and said, “The Lord is right. We have

Deserted him.” 7 The Lord heard this, and he

               Told Shemaiah: “Judah’s people are

               Sincerely sorry for their sins, and so

I won’t let Shishak fully ruin them,

               But as I am still angry, 8 he will conquer

               And rule them, then my people will know what

It’s like to serve a foreign king instead

               Of serving me, 9 so Shishak struck against

               Jerusalem and took the treasured things,

Including Solomon’s gold shields, out of

               The temple and the palace. 10 Rehoboam

               Had bronze shields fabricated to replace

The gold ones, and then he commanded

               Guards at the city gates to keep them safe.

               11 Whenever Rehoboam went into

God’s temple, the guards bore the shields, but they

               Always took them back to the guardroom once

               He was done worshiping. 12 King Rehoboam

Returned to God, so God did not let Judah

               Be thoroughly destroyed, and Judah flourished

               Again. 13 King Rehoboam, forty-one

Years old when he became the king, did reign

               For seventeen years from Jerusalem,

               The city where the Lord had chosen to

Be worshiped. Now his mother Naamah

               Was born in Ammon. Rehoboam was

               A mighty king, 14 but he did wrong and he

Refused to follow God; 15 and everything

               Else Rehoboam did while he was king,

               Including his own family history,

Is written in the records of two prophets,

               Shemaiah and Iddo. During King

               Rehoboam’s rule, he and Jeroboam,

The king of Israel, were constantly

               At war. 16 When Rehoboam died, he was

               Buried beside his ancestors within

Jerusalem; and his own son Abijah

               Became the king, but kept the spots on high.