Applications from 1 Kings
THE STORY: 1 KINGS 14:1-20
In the story, Jeroboam’s son Abijah is sick. This must be his heir since Jeroboam is so concerned. Jeroboam sends his wife in disguise to Ahijah the prophet in Shiloh to see if he can tell what will happen to Abijah. God forewarns Ahijah who has gone blind and wouldn’t be able to see who was coming to him that Jeroboam’s wife is coming in disguise.
When she arrives he immediately begins to tell her of God’s judgement on their family and kingdom: First, he condemns Jeroboam for making idols, which makes God consider him “more evil than all who lived before” him. Second, “every last male” in Jeroboam’s line will die. Third, Ahijah states that her sick boy will die, be mourned in Jerusalem, and will be buried. Fourth, with Jeroboam’s family gone, Israel will obviously receive a new royal dynasty. Fifth, Ahijah makes the long-term promise that Israel will go into exile because of their adherence to Jeroboam’s religion.
Our passage ends with Jeroboam’s death after 22 years of being king.
Don’t Make Things Bigger Than They Are (1 Kings 14:5-16)
When Jeroboam’s wife arrived, the prophet just called it like it was without any charades or fluff. He could’ve let her go on for a while leading to further embarrassment. However, he didn’t. He just got right down to business. The message he would have to deliver to them was bad enough that it didn’t need any added drama.
Don’t make things bigger than they are. Or, don’t make things worse than they are. There is an old saying, “When you are the anvil, bear. When you are the hammer, strike!”
I get it, but I don’t know that it is completely Christ-like. Jesus taught the concept of turning the other cheek. Jesus went to the cross willingly “as a lamb”. There is nothing aggressive about a lamb. How about, “When you are the anvil, bear. When you are the hammer, take it easy on the poor anvil…”?
There will come times in life when you have the upper hand. Very easily you could make the other party squirm. You should remember two things when in this position:
- Some day you will be on the other end.
- You could use this time to illustrate God’s mercy and grace.
Don’t make things bigger than they are. Leave out the fluff and drama. Just deliver the tough news and move on.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082