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1 Kings 12-16

4/4/2020 - 4/5/2020 - 1 Kings 12-16

A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                             
Thru the Bible in a Year

       When Solomon dies, his son Rehoboam was scheduled to succeed him.  However, Rehoboam lacked humility and the wisdom which marked his father.  His first contact with the people is an effort to show his toughness and strength B not to meet their needs or win them over to his side.  He attempts through force to establish his leadership, and it does not work.
       Jeroboam, who was exiled under Solomon uses this opportunity to return and unites all the 10 tribes of Israel against Rehoboam.  Through the intervention of God, civil war does not break out, but the Kingdom of David and Solomon breaks apart:  the northern tribes in Israel, and the southern tribes in Judah.
       This division immediately creates a problem for those in the north because the Temple is in the south.   So Jeroboam builds several altars and shrines in the style of the Canaanites and in so doing violates God=s clear instructions not to do so. In response, God sends a prophet who condemns Jeroboam=s actions and calls him to repent, but he will not.
       Next another prophet (this time from the south) is consulted by Jeroboam=s wife, and she is told that her husband=s family will be cut off from leading the People of Israel beginning with their son who will die because of the evil they support. 
       At this point Jeroboam=s story ends with his death, and the narration goes back to pick up the story of Rehoboam in Judah.  He had already done evil in God=s sight and he continues to do so, adding pagan worship sites in Judah like those being used in Israel. 
       Two more kings of Judah (one of whom, Asa, did right in God=s eyes and ruled 41 years), and 6 more kings of Israel are listed in the next two chapters.  Only the king of Judah is righteous.  Every other king does evil in God=s eyes.
 
       Unity is always hard to maintain among human beings.  Yet when God is at the center, there should be no reason for disunity at all.  The problem is that God is not always given His rightful place in our lives and we can spend far too much time trying to carve out our own.
       As you go through the day, ask yourself:  what is God=s place in my life?  What tempts me to ignore His place?  To try and take it for myself?  To give it to someone or something else?  Ask God help you remember Who=s in charge of your life today.
As we put God first, everything comes into a clearer and more realistic focus, and our lives become cohesive instead of fragmented. 
 
A. Eugene Pearson 2011