Ⅱ Chronicles 11:14
‟ For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD: ”
Who were the Levites? They were the chosen family [tribe] to be priests for the Children of Israel. Sometimes I think of myself as a Levite, not that I am a priest; but that I have “left my suburbs.” This verse is very personal to me.
As the LORD had informed Solomon (because of all his idolatry) that his kingdom would be divided; we are witnessing the divide in chapters 10 and 11. Something that has helped me in studying this part of the Bible is I color code the names of men. Especially in this case since their names are with a similar ending. I also have learned that when Israel is spoken about, I need to differentiate between what is meant by tribes and the tribes in totality . Sometimes Israel means the Children of God, sometimes just the 10 northern tribes. And Judah and Jerusalem are the southern tribes of Benjamin and Judah.
In this verse we have two key players, Rehoboam and Jeroboam. One, the son of a king. The other, a man of valor who was chosen by God; but each was warned to do God’s commands. This story is foretold in Ⅰ Kings 11. Remember that Solomon had left the ways of his God and turned to the idols of all his wives. In this verse we see the priests leaving the north, because Jeroboam had kicked them out of their office. He also inserted idols in the temples and did not do as he was warned to do.
The Levites left everything they had and traveled south to the city of Jerusalem where King Solomon’s son [Rehoboam] ruled. This was not just the priest that left, but huge groups of people that could not live and worship in the areas that Jeroboam ruled. This verse is about the Levites making a decision of leaving one bad place to go to one not much better.
Sometimes we as Christians have to make similar choices. We might have to leave a job because it represents something that is un-Godly. We might have to stop eating at a restaurant that has changed their policy and become more unacceptable. Or we might even have to leave our church because of the acceptance of sin by the elders. On a personal note, just so you understand that I have a kinship with what this verse means, I have had to leave ‘church’. The churches in our area are so secular and of this world that I cannot sit in a service without being over-come with a migraine. Don’t get me wrong, I love church! I love listening to a good sermon and being able to follow along as he gives his sermon. I love singing; nothing like holding a hymnal and praising with my voice. But I have been spoken to by the Spirit to not go into the ‘black box’ churches nor to the churches that never let the congregation participate. And when I have attended churches that do ‘rock concerts’ my skin will crawl. I do not make a scene and will sit through the whole service, but I am sick physically and in heart by the time I leave. I know some of my readers will think that I should keep trying other churches, but at this time my health will not allow me to attend a service. That is one of the reasons I was urged to blog. Blog to share the gospel as I study. So, I guess you can say I have become a Levite.
Something that I was led to share is that we are warned, in Ⅱ Timothy chapter 4, that our churches ‟will not endure sound doctrine”.
2 Timothy 4: 2-4
(vs. 2) ‟ Preach the word; … reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (vs. 3) ‟For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” (vs. 4) ‟ And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
2 Timothy 3 :5
‟ Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. ”
‟And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ”
‟Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. ”
Ⅱ Thessalonians 3:6
‟Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”