Interesting point: In 1 Kings 14, Abijah (young son of the wicked king, Jeroboam) was sick and God said he would die, be mourned and buried, because there was something in him that pleased the Lord — out of all the unpleasing family of Jeroboam. We might expect, since there was something about Abijah that God liked, he might get well and live a long life. Instead, he dies as a child and, from God’s point of view, it was a blessing. In contrast, the rest of Jeroboam’s family would die and be unburied, eaten by dogs and birds. Sometimes what appears a tragedy is really a blessing in disguise.

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