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Abijah - King of Judah




Also Known As Abijam
Reference I Kings 14:31 - 15:8
II Chronicles 13:1 - 14:1
Reign 3 years
Theme It's one thing to talk the talk, but walking the walk is another matter.
Lesson What we do carries more weight than what we say.
Key Verse "And when Judah looked back, behold the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the LORD." (II Chronicles 13:14)
Application It is not enough to merely call on the name of the Lord, we also must do what He says.
Spiritual Epitaph "And he (Abijah) walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father."
(I Kings 15:3)
Memory Verse "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"
(Luke 6:46)

Abijah, Rehoboam's son, became king in place of his father. Of note in his three-year reign was his encounter on the battlefield with Jeroboam. Before the battle began, Abijah tried to stave it off with words. "Ought ye not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his ons by a covenant of salt? And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David? (II Chronicles 13:5,8).

Though Abijah sounded regal and like a true man of God, he was no more than a resounding gong, because he did not worship the Lord. Like many uncommitted Christians today, Abijah simply called upon God during a time of need. Meanwhile, as our key verse indicates, while Abijah was orating, Jeroboam's army surrounded him in an ambush. Eventually, the Lord gave Abijah the victory, but only to preserve the promise made to King David.

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Kings of Judah
Rehoboam Abijah Asa Jehoshaphat
Jehoram Ahaziah Joash Amaziah
Uzziah Jotham Ahaz Hezekiah
Manasseh Amon Josiah Jehoahaz
Eliakim Jehoiachin Zedekiah Index

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