Applications from 1 Kings
THE STORY: 1 KINGS 12:25-33
Rehoboam tried everything besides going to war to stop the kingdom from dividing. Finally, God tells him to stop and he stops.
Jeroboam is in a place of insecurity. He is afraid the people will go to Jerusalem to Worship and will side with Rehoboam and come back and kill him. He concludes that it is just too far for the people to travel to Jerusalem to worship God and he “re-designs” Israel’s religion. He set up golden idols for worship. He made those priests who weren’t to be priests. He altered the feasts. He kept the high places (where pagan gods were worshipped). All of this leaves Israel “mis-lead” into a place of sin.
Don’t Trust Yourself, 1 Kings 12:26,30-33
Do you trust yourself? Jeroboam twice is recorded as taking counsel from himself. I am my own worst counselor.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12).
We see clearly the mess this got Jeroboam and the entire nation into. We should learn from this that we cannot trust ourselves enough to make major decisions without consulting other sources.
- Emotions and feelings change.
- New information presents itself.
- Life experience gives better perspective.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082