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Good or Evil?

The book of Chronicles is filled with stories of good kings and bad kings.  Each king is named as either good or bad at the end of his reign.  By this, God gives us multiple examples of good and evil.  From these stories, we get an idea of what God is looking for in a “good” person’s life.

So, we find an odd distinction made in the case of Rehoboam – Judah’s first king:

Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the LORD’s anger turned from him, and he was not totally destroyed. Indeed, there was some good in Judah.

King Rehoboam established himself firmly in Jerusalem and continued as king. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel in which to put his Name. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.  He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD.  — 2 Chronicles 12: 12-14

So – which is it?  Was Rehoboam good – or evil?  Though there was some good done on his part, it seems that God’s final pronouncement on his life was that he was evil.  And the thing that finally made this decision real?  “He had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.”  This story, and its ending, exist for a very real purpose – to tell us more about what God is looking for in a follower.  And it seems that God eagerly desires that we seek Him.  Lesson learned.

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