II Chronicles 11:4
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4  Thus said Hashem: You shall not set out to make war on your kinsmen. Let every man return to his home, for this thing has been brought about by Me.” They heeded the words of Hashem and refrained from marching against Yerovam.

KOH a-MAR a-do-NAI lo ta-a-LU v’-lo ti-LA-kha-MU im a-khay-KHEM SHU-vu EESH l’-vay-TO KEE may-i-TEE nih-YAH ha-da-VAR ha-ZEH va-yish-m’-U et div-RAY a-do-NAI va-ya-SHU-vu mi-LE-khet el ya-rov-AM

ד  כֹּה אָמַר יְהֹוָה לֹא־תַעֲלוּ וְלֹא־תִלָּחֲמוּ עִם־אֲחֵיכֶם שׁוּבוּ אִישׁ לְבֵיתוֹ כִּי מֵאִתִּי נִהְיָה הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶת־דִּבְרֵי יְהֹוָה וַיָּשֻׁבוּ מִלֶּכֶת אֶל־יָרָבְעָם׃

 11:4   You shall not set out to make war on your kinsmen

Though the kingdom has split and ten tribes have rejected Rechovam and the house of David, God does not want there to be a war between the two kingdoms. He reminds the southern tribes of Yehuda and Binyamin that despite the rift, the members of both kingdoms are brothers, and they should therefore treat each other with peace and brotherhood. The split in the kingdom is not ideal, and it pains Hashem to see different members of the Nation of Israel at odds with each other. Instead, He longs for the time when once again “one king shall be king of them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms” (Ezekiel 37:22). With the establishment of the State of Israel, the ingathering of the exiles and the return of some of the ten tribes, we are beginning to witness the miraculous fulfilment of the unity between the kingdom of Yisrael and the kingdom of Yehuda.

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  • One can understand the ten tribes that have rejected Rehoboam, he has gone against the wise counsel of the older, wiser men, so obviously there are two camps one group want to follow the precepts and ways of Shlomo, and reject Rehoboam's ways. G-d's way or not…. I read a book once called Cavalry or Calvary, the gist of the book is that there are always two ways of doing things. Do we choose G-d's way in obedience with blessing or do we go the way of the world, which is what Cavalry speaks of worldly solutions and often violence, which can often bring a curse, and perhaps the greatest would be separation from G-d!

    I'm reminded of the words of David in Psalm 133 the blessing of HaShem comes when brothers dwell together in unity. The blessing doesn't just happen, G-d even commands the blessing. It must grieve Him when he sees those he has entrusted leadership roles to, only to see that some of them are unable to be effective and trustworthy leaders. G-d's plan has always been for a united Israel, both in spirit and in the Land as well.

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II Chronicles 11:4

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