Week 17   Day 7


God deals with people in the present tense 

The past and the future do not seem to cloud the present

The all-knowing God knew 

            both Solomon and Jeroboam

            would lose faith and fall away


Yet in their early years God treated them

            as though they were "true gold" 

God does not withhold present blessings

            on account of past or future sins.



When God took the kingship from Solomon upon his death

Solomon's house retained rule over one tribe

            because of God's eternal love

            and promise to David 

God remembers, even after their deaths

            those who loved and served him--

            granting their children mercy and grace.



                                     GOD'S JUDGMENT
                      A new coat torn into twelve pieces.
                                             I Kings 11


     14Now the Lord raised up adversaries against Solomon.

     26Solomon's servant, Jeroboam an Ephraimite, whose

mother was a widow, rebelled against the king.  27Solomon

had built the Millo and repaired the damages to the City of

David.  28The man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor;

and Solomon, seeing that the young man was industrious,

made him the officer over all the labor force of the house

of Joseph.

     29Now it happened at that time, when Jeroboam went

out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah met him on the

way.  He had clothed himself with a new garment, and the

two were alone in the field.  30Ahijah took hold of the

new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces. 

31He said to Jeroboam, "Take for yourself ten pieces, for

thus says the Lord, the God of Israel:  'Behold, I will tear

the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give

ten tribes to you,  33because they have forsaken Me, and
Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and Milcom, and have
not walked
in My ways to do what is right in My eyes and
keep My
statutes as did his father David. 

    34"However I will not take the whole kingdom out of his

hand,  36to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant

David may always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem.
(32He shall have one tribe for the sake of My servant David,
and for the sake of Jerusalem

    37"I will take you, and you shall reign over all your heart

desires, and you shall be king over Israel.  38Then it shall

be, if you heed all that I command you, to walk in My ways,

and do what is right in My sight, to keep My statutes and

My commandments, as My servant David did, then I will

be with you and build for you an enduring house, as I built

for David, and will give Israel to you."         

    40Solomon therefore sought to kill Jeroboam.  But

Jeroboam fled to Egypt until the death of Solomon.

     41Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, all that he did,

and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the

acts of Solomon?  42The period that Solomon reigned

over all Israel was forty years.  43Then Solomon rested

with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. 

And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
        This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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