2 Chronicles 10:17 (KJV)
But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
Each of the tribes of Israel had a piece of the Promised Land apportioned to them. It was theirs and they had a right to dwell on it. But they were not obligated to do so and some of them had elected to live in Judah instead.
Israel as a whole had never been overly friendly with David as their King. They had been loyal to Saul and even when God gave the kingdom to David, they only followed grudgingly. Sentiments were ripe for division as soon as there was opportunity to do so.
But there were people among the tribes of Israel for which this wasn’t true. Those who dwelt in Judah had made their habitation closer to the God ordained authority and were thus not affected by the rebellion.
This reminds me of the circumstances for a backsliding heart. There dwells in every one of us the potential for backsliding and rebellion against the Lord. The sin nature is never so mortified that, given the right circumstances, we might turn back into the world. There is only one way to insure we are less likely to follow those who lead in a turning from Christ. That is to dwell closely with Him.
No truly saved person can ever lose their salvation any more than Israel’s rebellion made them no longer Jews. But by walking near to the Lord we are more than saved, we are faithful unto the end.
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2 Chronicles 10:17 Dwelling Near
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