Insights on Today's Reading
1 Kings 12 - With this chapter you will begin to read of the division of the kingdom of Israel. The northern tribes would continue to use the name, Israel, to identify themselves, whereas the southern tribes would be named Judah. The occasion for this rift is, first, because God said this would happen because of Solomon's idolatry. God already had appointed Jeroboam to be the first king of the northern tribes. When Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, took over the kingdom, he was approached by Jeroboam and the elders of the northern tribes. They asked him to treat them better than his father had done, but he rejected their plea though he was given good advice by his elders. He listened to the young men who grew up with him and he effectively set into motion the rift between the tribes of Israel. Though Jeroboam was appointed by God to be the king of Israel he foolishly had golden calves made for his people to worship less they went down to Jerusalem and worship God there and possibly seek to restore the northern tribes back under Rehoboam's rule.
1 Kings 13 - A man of God came to Jeroboam to rebuke him for the idolatry he led Israel to commit. He even identified the future king, Cyrus, who would destroy all remnants of the idols Jeroboam had made. A tragic occurrence takes place when this man of God, knowing he was to immediately go back to Judah, was detained by another older prophet who lied to him. The man of God was killed and the older prophet had him buried in the tomb where he would be placed at his death.
1 Kings 14 - God judged Jeroboam by allowing his son to be sick. Jeroboam sent his wife to a prophet to seek help. Instead, the prophet told her that her son would die. But the prophet said at least this son would have a proper burial and people would mourn for him, "because in him there was found something good toward the Lord God of Israel," verse 13. Things weren't any better in Judah, for even Rehoboam disobeyed God and would be invaded by Egypt and suffer under their terror for a time.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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