Day 69 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 12 to 15
Divided, Made Complete In Christ [1 Kgs 12-15]
Rehoboam = a people has enlarged. When Solomon held his firstborn in his hands, he didn’t give a thought to the God who had lifted him up. Instead, he looked at his firstborn and thought of how exalted/enlarged Israel & he had become…
The common idea of king is someone who sits on a grand chair, gets to boss everyone, and does what he pleases. That was Solomon’s idea, and that was the understanding he passed on to his son Rehoboam. Rehoboam foolishly thought that an ivory throne which made him seem above others, gave him the right to trample on others.
A leader should be someone who serves the people by shaping how people grow, and providing support to enable them to grow. True leadership is a nurturing role.
Moses nurtured Israel to be a nation that obeyed God.
Joshua groomed Israel to be a nation that was loyal to God.
David led Israel to be a nation that praised & worshiped God.
BUT Solomon had a divided heart and was not clear about which direction he was going in. A divided heart ➡divided worship➡ divided kingdom.
Jeroboam = the people will contend. That name symbolises the response of the people to Rehoboam’s pride & selfishness.
Rehoboam thought he was above the people. Jeroboam took it one step further. He thought he was above God, and created his own gods.
Would Solomon & Jeroboam have turned a deaf ear to God; would Rehoboam have turned a deaf ear to the people if they could have seen the ripple effect their choices had on ALL ISRAEL? Sin begets more sin & violence.
Pride, fear of “losing face”, fear of losing control, kept Solomon, Rehoboam, Jeroboam from submitting to God. They wanted to appear good in the eyes of men.
If they could read what history had to say about them, would they have continued to stubbornly walk down the path they had chosen for themselves?
We cannot see the future. We cannot see the consequences our choices have down generations. BUT God can. God sees the end from the beginning. God sees the traps set by satan. He sees the consequences of each choice we make. With great love, He comes alongside us, and asks us to trust Him and follow His navigational instructions, so that He can lead us safely through.
The end of a year is always a time for reflection – looking at mistakes, seeing what needs to change, planning the “route” for the year ahead. We love making New Year resolutions, and by the end of the first week of the New Year, we’ve already broken some of them.
Have you noticed that most New Year resolutions start with … I will…?
No wonder they fail.
Maybe this time round, we can start our resolutions with… ”God will teach me & train me to … Through Him I will be able to overcome…”
✝In & through Christ we have received all that we need to overcome the Adamic nature. In Christ we are COMPLETE. (Col 2:10)
✝The Holy Spirit reveals God's love to us, so that we can know, believe, rely on His love and whole-heartedly obey Him. (Rom 5:5)
❤ His Perfect Love casts out the FOMO [fear of missing out] that leads us to hold onto self-will. [2 Pt 1:3-4, Tt 2:11-12, 1 Jn 4:16-18]
Dear Shepherd of my Soul, I need wisdom & courage to choose YOUR way, not my own. Help me to remember how much You love me. Cast out the fears, pride & unbelief that would lead me astray. Help me to depend on Your love and obey You whole-heartedly. Amen.
I AM THE PATH THAT LEADS TO LIFE
⏳ The Revolt Against Rehoboam
Your father Solomon treated us harshly and placed heavy burdens on us. If you make these burdens lighter and make life easier for us, we will be your loyal subjects.*
Your father Solomon treated us harshly and placed heavy burdens on us. If you make these burdens lighter and make life easier for us, we will be your loyal subjects.*
But he ignored the advice of the older men and went instead to the young men who had grown up with him and who were now his advisers
It was the will of the LORD to bring about what he had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh. This is why the king did not pay any attention to the people.
But God told the prophet Shemaiah
They all obeyed the LORD's command and went back home.
⏳ Jeroboam’s Gold Calves
⏳ The Message of the Man of God
And the prophet went on to say, This altar will fall apart, and the ashes on it will be scattered. Then you will know that the LORD has spoken through me.
When King Jeroboam heard this, he pointed at him and ordered, *Seize that man! At once the king's arm became paralyzed so that he couldn't pull it back.*
King Jeroboam said to the prophet, *Please pray for me to the LORD your God, and ask him to heal my arm! The prophet prayed to the LORD, and the king's arm was healed.*
⏳ Judgment on the House of Jeroboam
The people of Judah sinned against the LORD and did more to arouse his anger against them than all their ancestors had done.
This happened because Jeroboam aroused the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel, by the sins that he committed and that he caused Israel to commit.
Be fair with innocent
I AM COMING SOON
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
🍁Solomon’s Prayer 1st kings 8:22 to 26🍁
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; 23 and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. 24 You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. 25 Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk before Me as you have walked before Me.’ 26 And now I pray, O God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David my father.
Solomon begins his prayer standing, with his hands spread towards heaven, at some point he falls to his knees. This is a perfect example of what happens when we get caught up in worship and prayer. We start off standing in praise and exultation to God and then we wind up falling on our knees. As the spirit moves in our hearts some times we find ourselves on our knees in complete humility. Solomon acknowledges WHO God is, the LORD over Israel, that He is the only God in the universe, there is no recognizing Him as the best and greatest but as the ONLY one. And he is a fulfiller of his promises, the covenant with Abraham and the promise that he gave to David. As we saw when we studied Moses, God does not go back on His word. He is faithful to complete what he has promised, and the bible is full of his promises! He will complete each one!!! And we can recount to God in thankfulness the promises he has fulfilled in our lives and recount them back to Him in prayer.
Let us enter this new year 2020 with the great promise in John 1:50
We all going to see greater things than earlier.
Seeking the will of God
1 Kings 13: 1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
In the 12th chapter. Rehoboam denied the counsel of the old men and took the advise of the young men as a result the kingdom divided into two kingdoms as the Lord said unto Solomon.
After that Rehoboam was ruling Judah and Jeroboam was ruling Israel. Both the kings did evil and gone astray from God.
On the other side in Israel king jeroboam made idols, offered sacrifices and worshiped them. He tried to burn incense on the altar...
God arranged a man of God to rectify rectify king Jeroboam(key verse)
The man of God prophesied!
He performed a miracle!
But he couldn't keep his consecration. He was cheated by the old and false prophet. He died a miserable death.
Perhaps king Jeroboam might have convicted of his sins because of the wonders performed by the man of God, but because of his lack of self control at the end of the chapter we see that king Jeroboam returned not from his evil ways. He lost his kingdom, his son was also murdered. God wiped off his seed.
Jesus said not, everyone that saith Lord Lord shall enter into the kingdom of God but he that doeth the will of my Father (Matt7:21)
Miracles and wonders are not important. Life is important. Doing the will of God is important.
As an anointed child of God you and me are responsible for the edification of our family, our church and our society.
People are watching at our life. Do not err and go astray from God. Let's not become a stumbling block for others to enter the kingdom of God
Only one life we have on this earth. Let us do the will of God and lead others also into Christ.
Of cauliflowers and kings
When we compare the narration of the reigns of King David and King Solomon, I am struck by the humanity as well as love of the former and the glamour of the latter.
David fought for everything on his knees. He yearned to do God's wishes by consulting God directly or through the ephod and listened to Nathan, the prophet when he erred. When he passed on the throne to Solomon, we see the advice he gave in 1 Kings 2:3-4: obey God, keep His commands and He will sustain you. His life was a symphony of praise worship. We see the human who became a King.
Solomon, on the other hand is all sugar and spice and everything nice. God appears to him twice, telling him the same thing: walk in My way, keeping my commandments and I will establish your kingdom forever, (1 kings 3:14 and 9:4-5,). But Solomon fell. We see the King who left nothing behind.
Nothing in Solomon's life inspires except if we are attracted to pomp and grandeur. His vaunted wisdom is hollow as it didn't teach him on how to instruct Rehoboam, his son, to be a good person. He had a lot to tell others but never applied that wisdom to himself.
Solomon's life is like a beautiful cauliflower; pearly white on the outside but full of hidden worms on the inside, worms that spilled out towards the end of his life. David's life had worms but he acknowledged their presence and weeded them out.
David's legacy was the promise of an eternal kingdom and so many psalms that uplift our soul even today. Solomon's cauliflower legacy was the beautiful temple which has disappeared and the promise of a divided kingdom. Yes, his wisdom still enthralls but what is wisdom or knowledge without love? (1 Corinthians 13).
David's love made him worship God every moment of the day. Solomon's loved God at the beginning but rather than worshiping God with a true and contrite spirit like his father, he preferred high places to sacrifice and burn incense, which slowly became the centre point of his worship (1 kings 3:3).
David was an every day follower of God. Solomon was the equivalent of a Sunday Christian.
What legacy are we leaving our children today? The kingly legacy founded on serving God daily with praise, rooting out the worms in our lives or the cauliflower legacy of feeding worms and pretending everything is fine?
🌸🌸 JM 🌸 🌸 JM 🌸 🌸
1 Kings 15: 11 “ Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.”
📍Asa was the third king after the nation split in two after the great Solomon’s death.
📍He was the first good king of that era.
Asa ruled for 41 years, and 35 years of that reign were almost totally peaceful.
‼But… something happened in year thirty-five that negatively impacted in his life.
In 1 Kings 15:16-22,..
We can see that Asa made some very serious mistakes…..
There was war between Asa and Baasha. At that time Asa was trying to make treaty between him and king of Syria.
👉Asa trusted in political alliances for defense rather than in God..
He become self-reliant instead of God-reliant.
🔥So Asa experienced a horrible fate.
He was diseased in his feet.
👉A good beginning does not guarantee a good ending.
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.”
👉 Be wholly devoted, but also be totally committed to God until the end.
📍 Don’t retire early …
📍Don’t live on our past obedience …
📍“Today” make an effort to serve God and trust God with everything we have.
🍇 Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation.
1 Kings: 12: 13 "And the king answered the people roughly and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him"
⚡ One of the greatest failures of Solomon's life was his negligence to nurture and train his own son as a suitable, sensible, wise successor to his throne. Solomon immersed himself in the towering issues of the nation. He built magnificient palaces, amassed wealth and increased the number of his wives and concubines to the maximum possible. But he never took serious interest in his own son Rehoboam. He advised parents to train their children (Proverb: 22:6 ) but neglected his own son.
⚡When Rehoboam started his reign he was 4l years old, which is a matured age. Yet he lacked sound knowledge, sensitivity and
seriousness as a king.
⚡ God gave him an opportunity to take a sensible decision to save the nation from disintegration. But Rehoboam rejected the sound advice of the Elders and accepted the evil advice of his young friends. A wise decision would have
saved Israel from division.
Solomon sought wisdom from the Lord, and Rehoboam sought wisdom from his young friends. His harsh response to the people divided the kingdom and accelerated the spiritual decline of God's people.
🔥 In the family, the work place, at Church and in our neighbourhood, we need His wisdom. The source of our wisdom is God.(James:1:5 )
The word of God is our guide.( Psalm: 119: 97-104 )
The Holy Spirit is our counselor.( John: 16: I )
Let us not relay on our own understanding.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
Reflections... 📝Food from my Kitchen Table 🍯🍴
Take a Break with Jesus
Day 68, 240 Days Bible Reading Thursday, 26.12.19.✒
The Queen who left her Throne to seek Wisdom from the Throne of King ...1Kings 10:1-13
We don't know the name of the Queen of Sheba, but she is mentioned in many cultures and what is most significant is that, Jesus Mentions her and that is why we should all sit up, grab our Bibles and take notice. Jesus referred to her as the Queen of the South.
Sheba....was part of Arabia, called Shabaea, which was at great distance from Jerusalem, bordering upon the Southern Sea
“The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here Matt 12:42, also Luke 11:31.
To understand Matthew 12:42 we got to back up to 1 Kings 10:1-13.
What is it that she did, to draw Jesus' attention?
Let us l👀k at some things she did, based on 1Kings10:1-13.
🐪🐫 She traveled with a great caravan many days from Ethiopia to Jerusalem, V2. She left her Throne with her officials and was ready to go to seek Wisdom from Solomon. To her, his Wisdom from his Lord God was more important than her Throne. She was a Gentile Queen, Seeking the Wisdom of Jehovah God.
How hungry are we to seek God's Wisdom, which is Supreme, Proverbs 4:7.
Are we hungry enough to leave our comfort zone, our sofas, our TV sets, surfing the net, and everything thing else that consumes our time unnecessarily?
🐪🐫 She heard about his Fame, his wealth, his wisdom, his knowledge in nature, civil and divine things V1 & 1 Kings 4:32-33. Likewise the Reputation of a Christian Believer and God's Farvour in every area of their life should precede them before having a personal encounter with them.
🐪🐫 _She wanted to know things concerning the Name of the Lord and the Relationship between Solomon and the Name of the Lord, V1. Jesus used her as an illustration because despite being a worshiper of other gods and Gentile in race, the Queen of Sheba recognised the truth and reality of God, unlike the religious leaders who opposed Jesus.*As such, they would be condemned for their ignorant and defiant nature, Matthew 12:32.
How well known are we as Ambassadors of Christ in our Community or are we looking so much like the world around us?, 2 Corinthians 5:20.
🐪🐫 She shared All her heart She came with hard questions and wanted answers for all the doubts and difficulties which her mind was perplexed with, V2. Solomon answered all her questions and nothing was too hard for him,V3.
Can people who are confused, perplexed, anxious with doubts come to us for answers? The Church is the Answer for the World. We are the Body of Christ. Jesus is the Head and He has given the Church the manifold wisdom of God, Ephesians 1:7-8.
Jesus in Matthew 12:42 said that someone greater than Solomon is here That is Jesus. In Jesus is hidden all Wisdom, Colossians 2:3. Jesus is the Wisdom of God and we have been made the Wisdom in Christ Jesus, 1Corinthians 1:24 & 30. But to know all this we have to pray for the Spirit of Wisdom to Reveal the truth about God's Wisdom in us to us, Ephesians 1:17. We can ask for Wisdom, James 1:5. If a Gentle Queen wanted Wisdom, how much more we should seek Wisdom?
🐪🐫 She was so overwhelmed by what she saw, heard, touched, tasted and smelled at the Palace. It was an incredible experience that took her breath away. The splendour and grandeur left her in amazement. As a Woman she had an eye for details. She observered, the meat on his table, and the sitting arrangements of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and the way the smoke ascended the house of the LORD where she saw and smelled the burnt offerings, V4. As Believers, everything about us should be a witness, in the Church or in the Marketplace.
There is so much more to unpack from the meeting between the Gentile Queen and the Jewish King. The Wisdom of the World came with her gifts but the Wisdom of God gave her everything she wanted, asked for, and much more, 1 Kings 10:10-13.
Yes, *Child of God, In Christ Jesus, we are Lavished with His Glorious Wisdom which is to inform and impart to the world around us about the reasons for their severe circumstances. Let's operate in Wisdom as Kings and Priest for the World need us now more than ever.
Like the Gentile Queen, we as the Redeemed of the Lord, are to come to Jesus Our Bridegroom King with an Open heart, and Teachable spirit, bringing All that we have in Adoration and Worship, to Gaze upon His Beauty and Splendor.
_The Queen of Sheba was left in amazement when she met King Solomon. She went away saying, "There's nobody like him! And that is what we should tell the World about Jesus after an encounter with Him. " THERE IS NOBODY LIKE HIM" Amen.
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A COSTLY MISTAKE
After the death of Solomon his son Rehoboam became the king of Judah.
He was the foolish son of the wisest king!
As soon as Rehoboam came to throne, instead of reducing the displeasure caused by his father's oppressive administration and maintaining peace with his people he added fuel to the fires of their discontent.
Rehoboam's mother was an Ammonite and this makes it clear to us as to why his faith in the living God was shallow.
This further explains the shameful things that happened during his reign faith.
🍂Judah set up high places for themselves and erected sacred stones, Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.
🍂They made shrine prostitutes in the land.
🍂And engaged in all detestable practices of the neighboring nations.
So God handed them over to Shashank the king of Egypt who took away all the treasures of gold from the Lord's temple.
😔, This is the first occurrence of the painful episodes that would follow later.
Now instead of humbling himself before the Lord and repenting Rehoboam tried to save his name by replacing the gold that was taken away with brass.
When we realize that we have lost the glory of God in our lives God, do we indulge to adopt some other means to cover it and try to save our faces ?
Do we replace our shields of gold with shields of brass? .
It is now time to ask ourselves, "Has my gold become dim?"
"DOING RIGHT IN THE EYES OF THE LORD"
After the death of King David, we see many kings who were not following the Lord properly. King Asa was an exemption. (1 Kings 15:9-15)
- Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. v11.
* expelled the male shrine prostitutes. v12.
* got rid of all the idols his fathers had made. v12.
* even removed his grandmother from the post of queenmother because of her pagan practices. v13.
* burned and destroyed the Asherah pole. v13.
* brought into the temple all that belongs to it. v15.
"Asa's heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life". 1 Kings.15:14.
Asa's father(Abijah), grandfather ( Rehoboam) and great grandfather ( Solomon) were doing evil in the eyes of the Lord.As his heart was fully committed to the Lord, he was always interested to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He was bold in taking the right decisions and tried to correct the mistakes of his ancestors also.
Are we always doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord?
Are we fully committed to the LORD in everything?
The Kingdom Splits into TWO 💔💔
Please understand this thoroughly, so that we don't get confused later on with all the names of the kings and their exile stories.
We have read that when the people of Israel first settled in CANAAN, they organised into twelve tribes, ruled by tribal leaders or chieftains, that supported and protected one another. Then we see, as Israel grew, though, it became necessary to have one central ruler who would unite the tribes into one nation. Against God's wish, they chose to have a king.
SAUL was the first king of this united nation Israel, and was God's anointed one. DAVID followed Saul and expanded the kingdom's territory greatly. David's son SOLOMON continued ruling over the expanded kingdom and engaged in expensive building projects, including the Temple.
After Solomon died, many Israelites wanted a less demanding king and pompous king. They had suffered greatly under the burden of heavy taxes and forced labour while Solomon ruled. 💰 When Solomon's son REHOBOAM refused to make any changes (1 Kings 12:11), ten of the northern tribes sadly pulled away and placed their own king, JEROBOAM, on the throne.
'Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'"
1 Kings 12:11 NASB
The Northern Kingdom was called ISRAEL. The Southern Kingdom was called JUDAH and had only two tribes (Judah and Benjamin). 💔💔 The Kingdom was split and never united again. (1 Kings 12:19) We see the Southern Kingdom had good and bad kings, but the Northern Kingdom only had bad kings.
So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
1 Kings 12:19
The Southern Kingdom called Judah had JERUSALEM as its capital. They had twenty kings and fell to the Babylonians in around B.C. 587, and were exiled to Babylon.
The Northern Kingdom called Israel had SAMARIA as its capital. They also had twenty kings and fell to the Assyrians in around B.C. 722, and were exiled to Assyria.
- Bob 😃
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