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The Tragic End on the Path of Rejection

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Rejecting or Relying on the LORD have eternal conequences. Where are the signs of your life pointing?

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The book of 2 Chronicles uses the positive side of David’s life - mainly his desire to live worshipfully and to see God’s promises carried out - to make statements on Israel’s history.
Kings are either like David or they’re not. They either seek God or they don’t. They either live lives of worship or fail in the sight of God.
Sometimes the fastest way to understand a situation is to make a comparison. That is precisely what 2 Chronicles does. Unlike other history books, success is not measured here based on leadership or the ability to govern. Rather from David’s son Solomon forward, 2 Chronicles measures success based on a person’s desire to know and worship God.

Intro: (one theologian summarizes)
The book of 2 Chronicles uses the positive side of David’s life - mainly his desire to live worshipfully and to see God’s promises carried out - to make statements on Israel’s history.
Kings are either like David or they’re not. They either seek God or they don’t. They either live lives of worship or fail in the sight of God.
Sometimes the fastest way to understand a situation is to make a comparison. That is precisely what 2 Chronicles does. Unlike other history books, success is not measured here based on leadership or the ability to govern. Rather from David’s son Solomon forward, 2 Chronicles measures success based on a person’s desire to know and worship God.
ONLY READ THROUGH VERSE 12
2 Chronicles 13:1–22 ESV
1 In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah began to reign over Judah. 2 He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Micaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. Now there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. 3 Abijah went out to battle, having an army of valiant men of war, 400,000 chosen men. And Jeroboam drew up his line of battle against him with 800,000 chosen mighty warriors. 4 Then Abijah stood up on Mount Zemaraim that is in the hill country of Ephraim and said, “Hear me, O Jeroboam and all Israel! 5 Ought you not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingship over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt? 6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, a servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and rebelled against his lord, 7 and certain worthless scoundrels gathered about him and defied Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and irresolute and could not withstand them. 8 “And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the sons of David, because you are a great multitude and have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made you for gods. 9 Have you not driven out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made priests for yourselves like the peoples of other lands? Whoever comes for ordination with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are not gods. 10 But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. We have priests ministering to the Lord who are sons of Aaron, and Levites for their service. 11 They offer to the Lord every morning and every evening burnt offerings and incense of sweet spices, set out the showbread on the table of pure gold, and care for the golden lampstand that its lamps may burn every evening. For we keep the charge of the Lord our God, but you have forsaken him. 12 Behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed.” 13 Jeroboam had sent an ambush around to come upon them from behind. Thus his troops were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them. 14 And when Judah looked, behold, the battle was in front of and behind them. And they cried to the Lord, and the priests blew the trumpets. 15 Then the men of Judah raised the battle shout. And when the men of Judah shouted, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 16 The men of Israel fled before Judah, and God gave them into their hand. 17 Abijah and his people struck them with great force, so there fell slain of Israel 500,000 chosen men. 18 Thus the men of Israel were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers. 19 And Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took cities from him, Bethel with its villages and Jeshanah with its villages and Ephron with its villages. 20 Jeroboam did not recover his power in the days of Abijah. And the Lord struck him down, and he died. 21 But Abijah grew mighty. And he took fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters. 22 The rest of the acts of Abijah, his ways and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.

1. REJECTING THE LORD RESULTS IN ULTIMATE DEFEAT

2 Chronicles 13:15–16 ESV
Then the men of Judah raised the battle shout. And when the men of Judah shouted, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. The men of Israel fled before Judah, and God gave them into their hand.
2 Chronicles 13:16 ESV
16 The men of Israel fled before Judah, and God gave them into their hand.
Examples:
Adam & Eve - rejected God’s command; His one stipulation for life and unbroken fellowship.
Saul (united Israel) () disobeys, tries to scapegoat the people / “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king”.
Rehoboam (Israel) () forsook God / Defeated by Egypt
Jeroboam (Israel) () rejects God / goes down

2. RELYING ON THE LORD RESULTS IN ULTIMATE VICTORY

2 Chronicles 13:17–20 ESV
17 Abijah and his people struck them with great force, so there fell slain of Israel 500,000 chosen men. 18 Thus the men of Israel were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers. 19 And Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took cities from him, Bethel with its villages and Jeshanah with its villages and Ephron with its villages. 20 Jeroboam did not recover his power in the days of Abijah. And the Lord struck him down, and he died.
The sermon could just have easily been titled, “ THE ULTIMATE VICTORY ON THE PATH OF RELIANCE”.
THE ULTIMATE VICTORY ON THE PATH OF RELIANCE
Examples
Enoch walked with God and was taken up.
Gideon with only a handful of men comparatively
Abijah (Abijam) here
NOTE” Because Judah had been obedient in the small/important/daily disciplines and acts of worship that blessed the LORD - they weren’t doing it for show or gain - the LORD acted mightily/spectacularly on their behalf for the sake of His name TE FROM NOTEBOOK
Both OT Saints & NT Disciples were martyred
The NT Disciples were martyred
Hebrews 11:32–38 ESV
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
many of these looked like defeat…but the writer goes on to describe the ultimate victory in Christ
We have victory over death, the grave, and our vanquished foe - the devil himself
many of these looked like defeat…but the writer goes on to describe the ultimate victory in Christ You may be upset, tried & denied…but your ultimate victory is in Christ
many of these looked like defeat…but the writer goes on to describe the ultimate victory in Christ
You may be upset, tried & denied…but your ultimate victory is in Christ
TODAY, We have victory over death, the grave, and our vanquished foe - the devil himself Paul quotes Hosea in reminding us that:
1 Corinthians 15:54–57 ESV
54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 cor 15.54-57
TODAY, We have victory over death, the grave, and our vanquished foe - the devil himself Paul quotes Hosea in reminding us that:
You may be upset, tried & denied…but your ultimate victory is in Christ
”Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:57 ESV
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. -.
Philippians 1:21 ESV
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

3. Signs of Rejection

/Identifying marks of those who reject the LORD

or Identifying marks of those who reject the LORD

Rose Up” / Pride (v6) You are your God Love Yourself with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength I encourage you to read the Humanist Manifesto to see where all this leads.
Rebel against the LORD” (v6) no other gods before me it’s the lie of the garden - “hath God said”
Rebel against the LORD” (v6) no other gods before me it’s the lie of the garden - “hath God said”
Surround themselves and feed of of “worthless scoundrels” (v7)
Surround themselves and feed of of “worthless scoundrels” (v7) “worthless and wicked men” CSB “good-for-nothing” GWT “vain men” KJV
“worthless and wicked men” CSB
“good-for-nothing” GWT
“vain men” KJV
Disillusioned about their own strength and stature, and the clout of their idols (v8)
Disillusioned about their own strength and stature, and the clout of their idols (v8) think they can stand against the LORD or negotiate with God’s demands your belief has no bearing on the nature or law of God…your belief simply determines which side of God’s nature and law you will experience - with eternal consequences “All roads lead to God…but only leads to His forgiveness” you don’t have the moral, mental, idealogical, spiritual, or immortal authority to change what God has said Let God be true and every man a liar.
think they can stand against the LORD or negotiate with God’s demands your belief has no bearing on the nature or law of God…your belief simply determines which side of God’s nature and law you will experience - with eternal consequences
“All roads lead to God…but only leads to His forgiveness”
you don’t have the moral, mental, idealogical, spiritual, or immortal authority to change what God has said
Let God be true and every man a liar. (Rom 3.4)
Put distance between themselves and God’s messengers (v9)
Put distance between themselves and God’s messengers (v9)
Established their own religious authority (vv8-9) “Well, I know the Bible says this, but…
Established their own religious authority (vv8-9) “Well, I know the Bible says this, but…
Scheming and plotting even while being confronted (v13)
Jeroboam was circling the troops back for an ambush
Some people can sit under the sound of a merciful plea to repent and turn from their rebellion against a holy and loving God….they can sit with eyes fixed on the pulpit but minds and hearts planning and plotting their own destruction.
Scheming and plotting even while being confronted (v13) Jeroboam was circling the troops back for an ambush Some people can sit under the sound of a merciful plea to repent and turn from their rebellion against a holy and loving God….they can sit with eyes fixed on the pulpit but minds and hearts planning and plotting their own destruction.

4. SIGNS OF RELIANCE

or IDENTIFYING MARKS OF THOSE WHO RELY ON THE LORD

The Lord is “our” God (v10)
The Lord is “my” shepherd
they recognize that even though
His vastness is beyond comparison
He hung the stars with the span of His hand
The earth is His footstool
The Heavens declare His glory
His brightness will outshine the sun
His love will outlast the human heart
He is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present
EVEN THOUGH HE IS ALL OF THIS
HE HAS REVEALED HIMSELF to this broken and fallen world in a way that the OT remnant could say, “The LORD is our God!” the NT church could cry, “Abba” (My daddy) we could cry “Our Father, which art in Heaven!”
THE LORD IS OUR GOD!
THE LORD IS OUR GOD!
We have not forsaken him (v10) there were political reasons to distance themselves from the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, & David there were cultural reasons that have resulted in a much easier “way of life” on the surface there were religious reasons to move the way of other nations…BUT WE HAVE NOT FORSAKEN!
We have not forsaken him (v10)
there were political reasons to distance themselves from the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, & David
there were cultural reasons that have resulted in a much easier “way of life” on the surface there were religious reasons to move the way of other nations…BUT WE HAVE NOT FORSAKEN!
there were cultural reasons that have resulted in a much easier “way of life” on the surface
there were religious reasons to move the way of other nations…BUT WE HAVE NOT FORSAKEN!
We have obeyed (vv10-11)
WE HAVE DONE WHAT HE COMMANDED (v10) We said “Yes” Lord
WE HAVE DONE WHAT HE COMMANDED (v10) We said “Yes” Lord
WE HAVE DONE AS HE COMMANDED (v11) We did it God’s way
WE HAVE DONE AS HE COMMANDED (v11) We did it God’s way
WE ARE SERVING HIM. WE ARE BLESSING HIM. (v11)
We are not addicted consumers
We’re not in this to see what we can get out of it!
we acknowledge that He is holy…that we need His holiness applied to our lives
Bless the LORD, Oh my soul and all that is within me ()
I will bless the LORD at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth. ()
God is our head (v12)
God is with us (v12)
God is our head (v12)
God is with us (v12)
Our identity is embedded in HIM! (v12)
Our identity is embedded in HIM! (v12) do not fight “against the LORD”
Our identity is embedded in HIM! (v12)
do not fight “against the LORD”
In a battle (v14) / in a place of dependence outnumbered easily overtaken if we look to our own strength
In a battle (v14) / in a place of dependence
outnumbered
easily overtaken if we look to our own strength
2 Corinthians 4:8–10 ESV
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
Psalm 24:8 ESV
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!
THEY PREVAILED BECAUSE THEY RELIED ON THE LORD (18)

CLOSING APPLICATION

NEW TESTAMENT APPLICATION
Matthew 10:32–33 ESV
32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
QUESTIONS:
Are you rejecting the God of this Bible? or Are you relying on the God of this Bible?
SIGNS OF REJECTION
Pride
SIGNS OF REJECTION Pride Rebellious against any demands of the Gospel on your life Relish on being in the company of and getting counsel from worthless scoundrels (people who are visibly and vocally opposed to the supremacy of Christ) disillusioned with your own power - think you can actually defy the living God of this Bible putting distance between yourselves and God’s messengers you check out during the sermon you have no desire for truth setting up your own religious authority you will give weight to anything in matters of faith and spirituality EXCEPT the hammer of God’s Word when you are confronted - you are scheming and plotting who does this guy think he is he/she is not better than me they’re not perfect I’ll show them.
Rebellious against any demands of the Gospel on your life
Relish on being in the company of and getting counsel from worthless scoundrels (people who are visibly and vocally opposed to the supremacy of Christ)
disillusioned with your own power - think you can actually defy the living God of this Bible putting distance between yourselves and God’s messengers you check out during the sermon you have no desire for truth
setting up your own religious authority
you will give weight to anything in matters of faith and spirituality EXCEPT the hammer of God’s Word
when you are confronted - you are scheming and plotting
who does this guy think he is
he/she is not better than me
they’re not perfect
I’ll show them.
SIGNS OF RELIANCE The Lord is Your God - it’s personal You are not forsaking Him (you’re running after Him, not away from Him) You are obedient to the LORD You are serving Him to bless Him - because He’s worthy…not to “get” something from Him You submit to His Lordship - He is at the top You know that His is with you / regardless of how you feel Your identity is IN HIM You recognize that you are IN A BATTLE - and you are totally dependent on HIM
SIGNS OF RELIANCE
The Lord is Your God - it’s personal You are not forsaking Him (you’re running after Him, not away from Him)
You are obedient to the LORD
You are serving Him to bless Him - because He’s worthy…not to “get” something from Him
You submit to His Lordship - He is at the top
You know that His is with you / regardless of how you feel
You are not in an identity crisis - your identity is IN HIM
You recognize that you are IN A BATTLE - and you are totally dependent on HIM
If we were to hold our lives to the mirror of His Word, would we have the identifying marks of those who rely on the LORD?
If we were to hold our lives to the mirror of His Word, would we have the identifying marks of those who rely on the LORD? BETTER: WHERE ARE THE SIGNS OF YOUR LIFE POINTING?
2. If we were to hold our lives to the mirror of His Word, would we have the identifying marks of those who rely on the LORD? BETTER: WHERE ARE THE SIGNS OF YOUR LIFE POINTING?
1 John 5:12 ESV
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
MOVING FROM REJECTION TO RELIANCE THROUGH REPENTANCE:
James 4:6–10 ESV
6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
james 4.6-10
humble yourselves (admit that you are a sinner)
humble yourselves (admit that you are a sinner)
submit to God on His terms
resist/reject the enemy
draw near to God / rely on Him
Allow the Lord to show you what clean looks like
get low this morning, and watch the LORD lift you.
TIME PERMITTING
TRUST IN OUR GOD - LYRICS
Jonathan Stockstill
Verse 1
Some will trust in kings and kingdoms
Others trust in human strength
Some will trust in gold and silver
But we will lift our eyes to heaven's throne
But we will lift our eyes to God alone
Chorus:
There's no other rock we can stand on
There's no other warrior to defend us
We will lift our eyes,
We will lift our hands to the heavens
Praying help us
Verse 2:
Some will trust in worldly wisdom
Others trust in just what is seen
Some will trust an empty promise
But we will lift our eyes to heaven's throne
We will lift our eyes to God alone
Bridge:
You're the shepherd of our hearts
You're the keeper of our souls
We are looking up to heaven
You defend the broken ones
You breathe life into our lungs
All our hope is placed in you alone
In God alone
Verse 3:
We will trust the Rock of Ages
We will trust the Ancient one
Heaven's strongest is our defender
We will lift our eyes to heaven's throne
We will lift our eyes
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