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Week 18 Day 2
God is a giver
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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