2 Chronicles 12:8 The Difference in Service

2 Chronicles 12:8 (KJV)
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

God told them that they would be servants to Egypt so they would know God’s service. 

At first, I thought about how we learn to serve the Lord through faithful service in some other endeavor. I believe there is value in that. 

  • A man who has served in the military, for instance, is generally a disciplined person and can put that discipline to service for the Lord. 
  • Some people have been successful in business and have put the principles they have learned in the world of industry to good use in the service of the Lord.

Upon study, I came to see that this is not the lesson of the passage.

God said he would put them under service in Egypt so they would learn the difference between the hard toil of the world and the light service of the Lord. When they followed the Lord, 

  • He gave them a government of His leading
  • He delivered them from their enemies
  • He provided for grace and blessing

Even after the rebellion of the northern kingdoms, Judah did marvelously – so long as they served the Lord. They would learn that was not the case under Egypt. Very quickly, Egypt had their golden shields. Rehoboam replaced them with brass, but it was not the same.

Life serving the Lord can seem lonely in that most of the world is heading in a completely different direction. But life serving the world is burdensome and heavy. 

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2 Chronicles 12:8 The Difference in Service

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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