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Wednesday, October 4th, 2023
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26
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Devotional: October 4th

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2 Chronicles 10:1-19

Israel is gathered at Shechem around the new king and asks him: "Ease our grievous servitude . . . What advice do the old men give to Rehoboam? "If thou be kind to this people, and please them . . ." (v. 7). And in 1 Kings 12:7 : "If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them . . ." Even for a king, that is the only way to win or to keep the affections of those round about. Our thoughts turn to the Lord Jesus. He came, "not to be ministered unto but to minister." (read Matthew 20:26-28). His glorious titles did not hold him back during His lowly walk of love and devotion, with the result that He now has every right to the obedience of every man (Philippians 2:6-11). Following this great Example, those who are in authority should be the first to serve. For how can you demand obedience and devotion when you do not set a good example yourself? Rehoboam refused to serve his people. Is it surprising then that the ten tribes refuse to serve him in return. His own pride turned them away from the path of humble submission. And that’s how the division came about! Never again, until the Lord’s appearing, will the people be truly united.

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