Week 18   Day 2


God is a giver

            of signs

            and miracles 

the purpose of which

            is to turn people

            from their sins

God worked hard to re-gain Jeroboam.




            son of a widow  

            able and energetic

            the king's foreman

            suddenly chosen by God to be king 

but then he didn't trust God 

            tried to save his life and throne 

            by denying God

            and keeping everyone away from Jerusalem 

Whereas the only way to life

            was through acknowledging his need

            and relationship to God 

for 22 years he fought this battle with God

            and then he died.



Remember as you read that there were ten tribes

            who comprised the

            northern kingdom of Israel  

Judah and the tribe of Benjamin were

            the southern kingdom of Judah

            and retained the capital city of Jerusalem. 




                              JEREBOAM'S DILEMNA
        Politically speaking, the north could not worship 
                                        in Jerusalem.
                                       I Kings 12 &13


     20When Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they
made him king over
all Israel.  There was none who followed
the house of David,
but the tribe of Judah only.

     21When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all

the house of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin, one hundred

and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight

against the house of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom. 

22But the words of God came to Shemaiah the man of God,

saying, 24"You shall not go up nor fight against your brethren. 

Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me."

Therefore they obeyed, and turned back.

     25Jeroboam built Shechem in the mountains of Ephraim,

and dwelt there.  26He said in his heart, "Now the kingdom

may return to the house of David.  27If these people go up to

offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the heart

of this people will turn back to Rehoboam king of Judah, and

they will kill me."

     28Therefore the king made two calves of gold, and said

to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. 

Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the

land of Egypt!"  29He set up one in Bethel, and the other in

Dan.  31He made shrines on the high places, and made priests

from every class of people, who were not of the sons of Levi. 

     1Behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the

word of the Lord, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn

incense.  2Then he cried out by the word of the Lord, "O altar,

altar!  A child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of

David, and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high

places who burn incense on you."  3And he gave the sign,

saying, "Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it

shall be poured out."

     4Jeroboam stretched out his hand, saying, "Arrest him!" 

Then his hand withered, so that he could not pull it back to

himself.  5The altar split apart, and the ashes poured out.

6The king answered, "Please pray for me, that my hand may
be restored to me."  So the man of God entreated
the Lord,
and the king's hand was restored.

     33After this Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way.

This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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