Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 14:21-31
If you read the last post, Reaping, be sure to skip ahead to the Application…
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.
Creeping In (1 Kings 14:23-25)
Egypt overtakes Jerusalem. Egypt is a type of the world throughout scripture. While Egypt does physically take over the nation. It is interesting to note that worldly religion and worship take over around this same time. Yet, this is always the case for God’s people. Anytime they allow anything “anti-God” into their nation, God allows another to take over. Anytime they serve only God, He protects them.
The succession that leads to the World (Egypt) taking over, seems to creep up on Judah. From worship in the High Places (God told them to tear down), to worshiping images or memorial stones, to worshiping groves (wooden poles on hills and under trees) and even sexual perversion mixed in with their worship. Then Egypt takes over.
Egypt takes over during a time of military soundness. Solomon had established things very well, but now they were in a civil war. They were also not fighting with God’s help.
It just creeps in on them. It will creep in on us as well. Historically 2 things happen: The world gets churchy. The church gets worldly. When both happen together, the moral state of a society drops. Hasn’t our world become somewhat “churchy”?
Some of the most wicked people out there will get on tv and thank God or Jesus. Anybody who is anybody seems to be involved in “good-works” (Humanitarian efforts). This isn’t bad, however, it doesn’t save.
And many of our churches are “worldly”? I realize we need to be relevant, but I think we have forgotten how relevant scripture is without us trying to help it along.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082