I’m so excited to be able to share another bible story laced with warrior inspiration! I know it will help you stand firm before the battle even begins in your life.
Here’s our passage today:
Let’s dive in!
At this point in Israel’s history, God’s chosen nation was divided.
The people of Judah, led by Abijah were following the Lord.
The people of Israel, led by Jeroboam were not.
And so there was war.
Then war broke out between Abijah and Jeroboam. (vs. 2)
Now Judah came to this battle with 400,000 “select warriors” and Israel marched to battle with 800,000 (vs. 3).
Israel came with twice as many warriors!
Abijah was a relatively new leader as he had only ruled in Judah for 3 years at this point. Jeroboam, on the other hand, had been ruling for 21 years.
It seems obvious who would win the war right?
But of course, when it comes to God, numbers don’t mean a thing! And King Abijah knew this.
The Words of Abijah
At this point in the story, the two armies have met. And in this moment of great anticipation, Abijah calls out to the armies of Israel. He has some things to say. He seems so confident. Despite the impending battle he seems calm and ready to deliver some very specific words.
He called out and said these three things:
1. “Listen to Me!”
When the army of Judah arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and shouted to Jeroboam and all Israel: “Listen to me! (vs. 4)
He commanded his enemy’s attention. Listen to me!
He has authority, and he is utilizing it. And it’s not just the authority that he has as a king. Jeroboam has that kind of authority. No Abijah’s authority is from the Lord. Stop right there.
Are you utilizing the authority you have in Jesus?
And when he commands their attention, what is it that he wants to tell them? He wants to remind them of who God is and what He has done.
Don’t you realize that the Lord, the God of Israel, made a lasting covenant with David, giving him and his descendants the throne of Israel forever? Yet Jeroboam son of Nebat, a mere servant of David’s son Solomon, rebelled against his master. Then a whole gang of scoundrels joined him, defying Solomon’s son Rehoboam when he was young and inexperienced and could not stand up to them. (vs. 5-7)
Don’t you realize who you are coming up against? Don’t you remember that God made a covenant with YOUR people? God made a covenant with you. But you rebelled. You defied the system God had in place. Don’t forget what got you to this very battle.
And I’m sure all the while Jeroboam was laughing right? I’m sure he thought he had this battle in the bag. He dismissed these words from Abijah. But Abijah goes on…
“Do you really think you can stand against the kingdom of the Lord that is led by the descendants of David? You may have a vast army, and you have those gold calves that Jeroboam made as your gods. But you have chased away the priests of the Lord (the descendants of Aaron) and the Levites, and you have appointed your own priests, just like the pagan nations. You let anyone become a priest these days! Whoever comes to be dedicated with a young bull and seven rams can become a priest of these so-called gods of yours! (vs. 8-9)
I absolutely love this!
Warriors for Christ, we can take a stand just like Abijah did. We can use our mouths and speak confidently to the enemy of our souls. When we see the battle coming, we can stand with authority and remind the enemy of Who he is opposing… and Who wins.
Do you really think you can stand against the Kingdom of the Lord?
There is no question who wins!
3. “As for me… “
But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not abandoned him. Only the descendants of Aaron serve the Lord as priests, and the Levites alone may help them in their work. They present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the Lord every morning and evening. They place the Bread of the Presence on the holy table, and they light the gold lampstand every evening. We are following the instructions of the Lord our God, but you have abandoned him. So you see, God is with us. He is our leader. His priests blow their trumpets and lead us into battle against you. (vs. 10-12)
Oh my! Are you inspired yet?! I know I am! Look at that text! It is PACKED with significance.
Abijah basically was saying, we serve the Lord. It’s who we are. And we will continue to trust in the Lord as our leader. He is reminding his enemy of their identity. They are followers of the Most High. HE is their leader. HE is with them.
Before You Begin the Battle
Friends, is a battle on your horizon? Do you see that army marching toward you? Is it twice as big as yours? Do you feel inexperienced? Does it seem like surrender is your only option? Defeat?
Oh dear one, hold fast. Stand. Look to the enemy you are being faced with and SPEAK. We all know words are powerful, so SAY it.
- Listen! Speak with the authority given to you by God Himself.
- Really? Remind yourself AND the enemy who God is. Remind the enemy what happens when anyone tries to come against the Kingdom of God
- As for me… Declare who you are. Say that you are a child of the Most High King. Proclaim that He is with you and He is LEADING you.
STAND and SPEAK and then… get ready to battle!
To learn how the story ends, read: Shout the Battle Cry, Watch Your Enemy Flee.
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