2 Chronicles 12:10 – King Rehoboam made in their place shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who kept the door of the king`s house.
Within a generation – Jerusalem had gone from immense power and glory under the leadership of Solomon, to serving Egypt and having to hand over national treasures to a foreign king under Rehoboam. What an immense change!
In this verse we see Rehoboam putting shields of brass in the place of the shields of gold which had been taken. In Solomon’s time, when even silver was of very little value, brass definitely didn’t make the cut! But brass is all that is available to Rehoboam to make these shields with.
It’s very likely that Rehoboam made the shields of brass in order to keep up appearances. To give the impression that Jerusalem was still strong when she was in fact very weak.
Verses like this should encourage us to walk very humbly before God. Rehoboam inherited a judgment from God that came down on the house of Solomon. No-one in Solomon’s days would have imagined that things could have got this bad. Yet God is more than capable of very quickly making a powerful kingdom into a begging servant if they turn away from His ways and His commands.
So don’t get arrogant if God has placed you in a strong position. Keep walking before Him with a contrite heart, and you will continue to see the blessing of God poured out on you.