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Week 18 Day 1
The next four books of the Bible tell the story of
the kings who ruled
and the prophets
who spoke on God's behalf
Israel is now a divided nation
Israel to the North and Judah to the South
Their stories are interwoven and overlap
Generally speaking the kings of Israel
were more corrupt than those of the Judah
because occasionally the light would shine in Judah
and a good, righteous-in-God's-sight
king would emerge.
The Bible tells sacred history
about the people of God
their faith journey
and how they responded to God
or failed to respond
The spiritual realm of one's life is
what is important in the Bible
you will read little about
a person's accomplishments
as we understand that term.
The queen of Sheba looked at Solomon
and saw greatness
God looked at Solomon
and saw a man who left his God
at the starting gate
Solomon's subjects knew him to be
an oppressor of his own people.
Rehoboam's mistake was really God working a change. I Kings 12
1Rehoboam went to Shechem because all Israel had gone to make him king. 2When Jeroboam heard it (he was still in Egypt), he and the whole assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, 4"Your father made our yoke heavy; now, lighten the burdensome service of your father, and we will serve you."
5So he said to them, "Depart for three days, then come
back to me." 6Then king Rehoboam consulted the elders
who stood before his father Solomon while he lived, and
he said, "How do you advise me to answer these people?"
7They spoke to him, "If you will be a servant to these
people, and serve them, and speak good words to them,
then they will be your servants forever."
8But he rejected the advice which the elders had given
him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with
him, who stood before him. 9He said to them, "What
advice do you give? How should we answer this people?"
10The young who had grown up with him spoke, saying,
"Thus you should speak to them: 'My little finger shall
be thicker than my father's waist! 11Whereas my father
put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father
chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with
12Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king directed. 13The king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him; 14and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men. 15So the king did not listen to the people.
16When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: "What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! See to your own house, O David!" So Israel departed to their tents. 17But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.
18Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in
charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him, and he
died. Therefore Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem. 19So Israel was in rebellion against the house of David. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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