Applications from 1 Kings
THE STORY: 1 KINGS 14:21-31
Did you happen to catch Rehoboam’s mother’s name? It seems the writer is trying to make a point. Yet again we see the failure of Solomon impacting the nation. The story here is very simple. After finishing up the story on Jeroboam we get the entire record of the reign of Rehoboam.
Who is Rehoboam? He is Solomon’s heir who was given just the two tribes when God divided the Kingdom. Jeroboam ruled over Israel (North), Rehoboam ruled Judah (South).
In reading of his reign, we see that he embraced false religion. People worshiped in the high places. They worshiped sacred pillars. They worshiped wooden images on every hill and under every tree. They even mixed sexual perversion with their worship.
The record here is that Judah provoked God to jealousy with their sin even more than their fathers had. After just 5 years Rehoboam was taken over by Egypt. Solomon’s mighty nation and the capital city has fallen.
Reap (1 Kings 14:21-22 & 29-31)
What is the law of the harvest? You reap what you sow.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
From the reading, it is obvious that Rehoboam and Judah have fully embraced false religion. Where did this come from? Solomon married outside of Israel for political alliance. Here those outside religions have come in. It is certainly being emphasized by the writer in his twice pointing out that Rehoboam’s mother was an Ammonite. Solomon sowed, the nation is reaping.
Reap. It is a good thing and a bad thing. A blessing and a curse. Example: If I eat well, I feel good. If I eat bad, I feel sick. This is true more-so spiritually. If I sow to the flesh, I reap corruption. If I sow to the Spirit, I reap life everlasting.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082