10:10’s Part IV: Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah

Welcome to my next musings on Biblical 10:10’s. In 1 Chronicles we read of the death of King Saul and his sons on the battlefield and how the Philistines found their bodies the next day. After stripping the king, they took his head and armor to show to all the Philistine people.

1 Chronicles 10:10 Then they put his armor in the temple of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.

All of Jabesh-Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, and they arose and took away Saul’s body and those of his sons and “brought them to Jabesh and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh and fasted seven days.” (v. 11-12). This is where Saul reaped the curse of his treachery committed against the LORD when he did not listen to Him and instead asked counsel of one with a familiar spirit. Dallying in the occult has its consequences!

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2 Chronicles chapter 10 is the tale of Solomon’s son Rehoboam taking bad advice from his contemporaries after Solomon’s death.

2 Chronicles 10:10 Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you should speak to the people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’—thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist!

The old men from his father’s reign had advised King Rehoboam to be kind to the people and they would gladly be his servants forever, but the young king took the advice of his contemporaries instead. Here’s what God had to say:

2 Chronicles 10:15 So the king did not listen to the people; for the turn of events was from God, that the Lord might fulfill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

Well, this story turns out better than expected because Israel and King Rehoboam turned back from their rebellion and repented. I encourage you to read the whole chapter.

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In Ezra chapter 10, the title is: ‘Separation from Heathen Wives’.

Ezra 10:10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have transgressed and have taken pagan wives, adding to the guilt of Israel.

These pagan wives had led the Israelite men to dishonor God by following after the gods of their wives and of their foreign lands and forsaking God Almighty. Ezra pointed out their shame and urged them to confess their sin to the LORD and to separate themselves from the foreign lands, people, and their wives. This sounds like a harsh thing to our modern thinking, but God is serious about getting sin out of the camp and returning to Him.

In Nehemiah chapter 10,the Hebrew children are coming out of Babylonian captivity and have worked hard under Nehemiah’s leadership to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, among much opposition. The princes, Levites and priests are making a ‘New Commitment to the LORD’ and verse 10 is breaking into the account of the men who made the new covenant, wrote it out, and are now placing their seals on it (as John Hancock and the rest of the signers of The Declaration of Independence did).

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Nehemiah 10:10 Their brethren: Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan…

The rest of chapter 10 talks about honoring the Sabbath and ‘Giving: Tithe and Beyond Tithe’.

My take-away from these chapters boils down to:

  1. Do not forsake the LORD your God

  2. Do not seek advice from unsound counselors 

  3. If you do, repent quickly & forsake the folly you turned to 

  4. Rededicate yourself to the Lord 

  5. Return to His plans and purposes for your life in Christ Jesus, by Holy Spirit’s power.

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