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.
Do Right (1 Kings 14:17-20)
I am pretty sure this one is a repeat. Nonetheless, it is a worthy repeat. We live in a time of such loose morals. Jeroboam had reigned 22 years. In this time we have read of many wrongs he committed. God simply wanted Jeroboam do right in God’s eyes. No other standard had to be kept.
I wonder how many under his reign did right in spite of him? The tone of the reading leads me to think he leads the nation as a whole away from God. Probably their excuse was, “If we just had a king who would do right…” They should have done right no matter what Jeroboam did.
So should we…no matter what our world does.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
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Kingston Springs, TN 37082