1 Kings · 2 Chronicles

1 Kings 22 and 2 Chron 18

Today we end 1 Kings:

Last week we read about several kings but we ended with Jehosapaht on the side of Judah.

 

When you read this last chapter you can view it from a human standpoint “I think that is a great idea Jehoshaphat, making a treaty with Israel to overtake Aram.” OR you can look at it from God’s point of view (not just the head but the heart) and maybe see it a little different.  Even though Jehoshaphat in chapter 17 started a revival for Judah we now see him 3 years later waiting and waiting for Ahab to be killed just like the Lord had promised OR Ahab to conquer Aram completely.

Jehoshaphat reigns in Jerusalem and Ahab in Samaria.  It makes strategic sense on Jehoshaphat’s part to use the Samarian capital to have Ahab killed and to Barack Aram (in Ramoth Gilead).  Look at the map.

 

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Anyway, Ahab is told to seek the Lord,  so he calls up 400 prophets.  TIME OUT.  Think about this for a moment.  His wife is Jezebel…she went through great efforts to kill all the prophets, remember they even hid in caves.  So who are these men?  Oh….these are smart enough to “prophesize” only what she wants to hear.  Jehoshaphat wasn’t born yesterday so he says “Ummm can we get a real prophet please”.

15 When he arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or not?”

“Attack and be victorious,” he answered, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”

(He was being Sarcastic! He was repeating the false prophets!)

16 The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?”

17 Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the Lord said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’”

18 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?”

In the end, Elijah’s prophesy comes true and Ahab meets his fate of death and his blood being licked by dogs.

Overall Jehsaphat was an accomplished leader and considered a “Good King” following the ways of the Lord (except for removing all the “high places” (altars fr worship to false gods).

Next on our checklist, we see

  • Judah King: Jehoram
  • Israel King:Ahaziah52 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, because he followed the ways of his father and mother and of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin. 53 He served and worshiped Baal and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, just as his father had done.

Does anyone know the significance of tomorrow???

1 Kings

1 Kings 20-21

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So I found chapter 20 to be a very hard read (I hope I wasn’t the only one).  We already know we don’t like Ahab and in our heads think well God must not like him either.  That could not be further from the truth.  God will use or turn the heart of anyone He chooses.  In this case, there are 3 world powers rising up:

  • Aram
  • Assyria
  • Babylon

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Ben0Hadad the king of Aram attacks Samaria (which we know is the new capital of the Northern tribes, Israel.  What we see in this story is when people, even an Ahab, just in the Lord, he brings victories.  Ahad defeats Aram.  The Lord sends a message to Ahab warning him that this will happen AGAIN next year.  And it does!

Until….

32 Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says: ‘Please let me live.’”

The king answered, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”

The answer should have been NO! But he says “He is my brother”, meaning….he too is a king like me….so of course I will let you live.  What???? NO!  All that work from the Lord to bring victory and he caves like that….was a wimp!  He makes the Treaty.  So God went a message:

“This is what the Lord says: ‘You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.’” Sullen and angry, the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.

Chapter 21 was an easier read for me.  In short, Jezelebl wears the pants!  (I was going to say something else but I will be appropriate).   Naboth was following the Law when he would not give the land (Numbers 27)

So after you read this horrible outcome of bringing false accusations and having Naboth killed,  the Lord sends a message of doom to Ahab…

BUT WAIT!  What was Ahab’s response??  Did he get angry?  Did he pout (like usual)? Nope….he humbled himself before the Lord for the first time.

God is a just God and even though someone repents does not take away the consequence that was set in motion by the sin

Numbers 14:18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’

1 Kings 21:28 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

 

1 Kings

1 Kings 20-21

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Good Morning.  Many of you know we live in a “Lost” world.  We have people at work, in our neighborhood, or that occasional family member.  Well, I am reminded today that I live in a very lost world.   My daughter graduated last night and we have friends and family in and out of our house.  My husband and I are both Christians but most of our friends and family are not.  This has been one of the best weekends of my life and spiritually the hardest to control my tongue.

I have not read today BUT I will make up for it this week with extra study time.  BUT the more I slack, the more you realize you don’t need a blog!    TODAY, I need you to write a blog for me….If you were me, what would you write after today’s read?

1 Kings

1 Kings 17-19

In 1 Kings 16 we were introduced to Ahab.  It said in verse 31: he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. 32 He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria.

First, Ahab and Jezebel was probably a political marriage to bring strength to Israel.  This marriage would combine Israel and Sidonia because there was a growing threat from the people of Damascus taking over.

The Sidonians (current day Lebanon) were known for worshipping Baal, a fertility god.  However, their god was specifically a storm god who controlled the rain.  I have to keep reminding myself that these kings are from the 12 tribes of Israel.  It’s mind-blowing.

The first verse in today’s read is:

Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

Elijah begins our journey into the scriptures from the Prophets.  A prophet a person which the Lord uses to bring a message to the people, most often a warning.  It is a very dangerous job to carry out.  In chapter 18 we read that Jezebel was on a mission to kill as many prophets as she could find.  Meanwhile, Obadiah, a prophet himself, was trying to hide as many others as possible in caves to save their lives.  The Lord tells Elijah….(para)”Go and talk to Ahab, the horrible man with the crazy wife who has been looking for you JUST to kill you”.  What??? Ummmm no thanks!!  BUT HE DOES.


Chapter 18.  Sarcasm is my love language-so Elijah and I would be good friends for sure.  If you know this story: read it with fresh eyes…God will show you a new detail every time.  IF this is your first time reading it, God is in the details.

Look for details like:

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I have about 5000 details I want to talk about in this reading, but I have a house full of people at my house from out of town for Elliot’s graduation and I just cannot concentrate.  I know I am breaking Commandment #5 but I would rather have a root canal than be in this house right now.😯

 

 

1 Kings · 2 Chronicles

1Kings 15:25-16:34 and 2Chron 17

If you like a good checklist to see what we will pick off our “Honey Do” list: Click here.  Looking at it you will see that we are coming up in Elijah (pretty familiar name) and the book of the Prophets, starting with Obadiah. (completed is the *)

Today we switch to the Northern tribes that Jeroboam led to break off from the line of David.

    • Nadab
    • Baasha
    • Elah
    • Zimri
    • Omri
    • Into to Ahab
  • Kings in Blue
  • Chronicles in Red 

Nadab-25 Nadab son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 26 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the ways of his father and committing the same sin his father had caused Israel to commit. (that pretty much summed it up)]

Baasha-Asa king of Judah, Baasha son of Ahijah became king of all Israel in Tirzah, and he reigned twenty-four years. 34 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the ways of Jeroboam and committing the same sin Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit. (I am seeing a pattern)

Elah- Elah son of Baasha became king of Israel, and he reigned in Tirzah two years……they aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, by their worthless idols.

Zimri-Zimri reigned in Tirzah SEVEN days. He must have been busy to commit so many sins in just 7 days!  But Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord and sinned more than all those before him. (Good grief)

Omri- After a short tribal split (again) Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned twelve years.  

  • Omri’s reign is significant because he purchased and builds the capital of Samaria, a strategic location.   This fortified capital lasts the rest of the Northern Kingdom. (we will also talk about it a lot when we get to the New Testament)

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Finally, we get to Ahab.  I remember the first time I read this book I about fell over when I found out Jezebel was a person in the Bible.  I thought it was just a nickname for a “bad girl”.  Who knew!

“Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years.” (See, now reigned in Samaria makes sense).31 He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. 32 He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. 33 Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him. 

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When we switch to 2 Chronicles we are switching back to the South/Rehomboma/Judah- Jehoshaphat

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.

 They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the Lord; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.

1 Kings · 2 Chronicles

1 Kings 15:1-24 and 2 Chronicles 13-16

In the sidebar (at the bottom if you are on your phone) I put 2 new handouts from the other day.  It might help to print them so you know if the king we are reading about is from Judah or Israel now that we have a divided kingdom.  Print whichever one works for you:

Click here for this one

Click here for this one

Adult Ed: Kings

If neither of those work for you: I like this one too-

Click here to print: (I like them all!)

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1 Kings 15 v:1-24 only

Look below: this is interesting!  This is a common view of the Bible.  This is JUST the Kings from Judah. None of them were good from the side of Israel.  So track along (I will repost this visual as we read about them). For the life of me cannot remember the names so I keep this visual on my computer screen as a read:

As we read today (2 Chronicles gives more detail) we will see why the line graph moves up from Rehoboam to Abijah and significantly higher for Asa.

  • 1 Kings is in Blue
  • 2 Chron is in Red

Abijah- v.3 “He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been.” (All the kings will be compared to David.  David may have sinned many times BUT he never worshipped any other God than the Lord).  So why was he better than Rehoboam? v.5-Don’t you know that the Lord, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever by a covenant of salt?   Abijah is referring to the Davidic Covenant in 2 Samual 7.  He is talking to Jeroboam and saying “You idiot!  Don’t you know you have split yourself off from the line of the Covenant, God will take his hand off your people,  you even let ANYONE become a priest, even if they are not a Levite…that’s horrible”.

Asa– v.11 Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done. 12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made.” ……v.14-14 Although he did not remove the high places( only the ones in Judah), Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life. (this was his mistake, he did not remove the pagan altar’s)  v.11-11 Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. (You can see why on the line graph he moved up to the GOOD section.)  BUT….not Revival….why?  He did not fully trust the Lod in what he JUST said-16:2Asa then took the silver and gold out of the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of his own palace and sent it to Ben-Hadad king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus. “Let there be a treaty between me and you,” he said, “as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.”  WHY MAKE A TREATY?? AND WHY GIVE THEM THE CONSECRATED TEMPLE GOLD?  Oh Asa….close but no cigar.

Kings can be confusing so I hope this helped as we picked off the first 2.  Good Stuff…I could have cut and pasted all of 2 Chronicles!!  Use your visuals!  If you want one in color, but don’t have a color printer, let me know, I will mail you one.

 

 

1 Kings

1 Kings 12-14

I post this a lot because I love it:

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Click here if you want to print it.  If you don’t have a color printer,  I love it so much I would be happy to mail you a copy.

We are at the 2 arrows that point to Jeroboam and Rehoboam.  If you did not read my post last night…click here and skim it so that you can remember the “R” and the “J”.   One line will fall into enemies hands-Assyria.  The other will fall into enemy hands-Babylon.  Now, look at the two arrows that converge into The Return.  One is faded out on purpose.  The dark red WILL return to Jerusalem back to Jerusalem.  Those that return are called the Remnant people.   Above and below the Kings are names in Red and BlueRed means they were horrible kings and worship may gods and Blue means they only worship 1 God The Lord.  Next to the names (all blue) are the Prophets that God raises up to give a message (usually a warning) to the kingdom during that king’s reign.  I hope all that made sense, if it didn’t please let me know, it’s important.


1 Kings chapter 12- The Divided Kingdom.- Not to sound like a broken record but just in case you jumped in today, from the beginning of time God set it up to be our King (Theocracy).  The people begged for a “human” king, and even though they were warned this was a bad idea, God gave them one to show them they were wrong (Monarchy-Saul, David then Solomon) Well, that’s not working either so now we will try a Divided Kingdom-I am guessing that’s not gonna work either.

I think Chapter 12 is pretty clear and doesn’t need a recap…but if I did,  I would have talked about how obvious it is that the apple didn’t fall from the tree.  Rehoboam should have consulted with the Lord!  Second to that was the wise counsel, which proved to be wise.  BUT he decided to take his advice from his cronies instead who probably only hung out with him for the extravagant lifestyle (it’s easy to make friends when you are stinking rich).  Why would the gang was him to have less money?  Actually, they saw dollar signs in their eyes and said…MORE MONEY!

This is the vehicle God used to fulfill the prophecy we read 2 days ago when the prophet tore the cloak into pieces representing the Nation.

A Kingdom Divided — Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY

The leaders of the of this rebellion sing an old song from the time this same think happen to his grandfather David (I kid you not) 2 Samuel 20:

“Now a troublemaker named Sheba son of Bikri, a Benjamite, happened to be there. He sounded the trumpet and shouted,

“We have no share in David,
    no part in Jesse’s son!
Every man to his tent, Israel!”

So all the men of Israel deserted David to follow Sheba son of Bikri”

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The Kingdom divides Judah/Benjamin in the South and the other 10 tribes in the North.  BOTH men were wrong!  Rehoboam should have lightened the work/tax load off the people which his father created from all the building projects and Jeroboam should have followed God’s precepts about who gets to appoint a king…Only God!  The Covenant is only promised through the royal line of David, and Jeromoab just messed up and took 10 tribes with him!

It is obvious that Jeroboam is insecure and paranoid about his followers so he appeased the people by making “local” places to worship so they didn’t have to travel all the way to Jerusalem (where they would come to their senses!!)  He builds golden calves closer to home for them! Calves or bulls were pagan worship rituals usually to worship fertility gods. What in Sam Hill is everyone thinking? Have they just tossed out everything they knew about the Temple??  (reminds me of the Song from the Alter to the Door by Mercy me!).

King Jeroboam - Lessons - Tes Teach

Find Dan (North Israel, east of Jordan River) and Bethel (South Israel left of Jordan River).  Smart! No reason to travel into Judah for the festivals…

Wait!  Flag on the field!!  What about the priests that are required to take care of the place of worship?? Oh, they are on Jerusalem!  So what do we do??

31 Jeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.

STOP!  I can’t handle it!


Have Mercy!  This post it too long!  I will breeze through the rest so you can get about your day! (If unleashed today I could write all day on this)

Chapter 13- A very specific prophetic warning was told to Jeroboam-

 ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on you.’” That same day the man of God gave a sign: “This is the sign the Lord has declared: The altar will be split apart and the ashes on it will be poured out.”

And the altar DID split so clearly this Josiah situation is going to happen.  And it does….in 300 years.

OK, wrapping it up, the rest of the chapter is cool to read but note the introduction to “false” prophecy and that the author made an example from the animals.  The animals showed more self-restraint than humans.


Chapter 14-

“The Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the family of Jeroboam. Even now this is beginning to happen.[f] 15 And the Lord will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they aroused the Lord’s anger by making Asherah poles.[g] 16 And he will give Israel up because of the sins Jeroboam has committed and has caused Israel to commit.”

Mark my words  Mark God’s words…it is going to happen!  He uproots them alright.  As we continue I have a choice of 2 handouts.  I will put them in the sidebar just in case you are at the beach and don’t have access to a printer, you can get them later.

Names!  We are about to read about a lot of Kings.  Sometimes it can get confusing as to what side they are on.  I use the timeline handout BUT this is a good one to write a note next to or if you like checklists you can cross them off as we read.  Click here to print a copy.

Adult Ed: Kings

I am a geek and I like to have a list of the King lined up with the year range and the Prophet that is raised up along with it.  So this is the one I use.  Click here for this one.  Either is fine.  Just your preference.

1 Kings

EVERYONE needs to read this…even if you are behind.

IT IS HARD TO NOT GET BEHIND!  Life is BUSY.  I have not done a read through since 2012 and I am feeling the stress of keeping up.  You may have dropped off a LONG time ago and said “I am going to catch up” and now you are too far….Maybe you recently fell off and have Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes yet to read.  HERE IS THE DEAL…and listen to me….We are at a JUMP IN SPOT LIKE YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE!!

Many of us can retell the Bible up to David (if you can’t grab a children’s Bible and flip through it….I have done it).  David was given a Covenant that in short said “The Messiah will come from your descendants…he will be the King of Kings”  David gave the crown (Covenant) to his son Solomon.  Well, Solomon now will give the crown (Covenant) to his son Rehoboam.  (His name starts with an R for “Reigning” King…I made that up but put it in your pocket)

There were “King Rules” about not storing up horses, not marrying many wives, reading the scriptures and applying them daily, and Solomon failed at all of them!  Solomon was the wisest man on the planet and he still struggled with the application and listening to God (It’s like a firefighter not putting out his fire after camping and he burns down a forest)


TOMORROW we will read 1 Kings 12-14.  It’s so good!!  Find your Bible, get a bookmark, and put it there.  Why?  Because we are going to read what is called the DIVIDED KINGDOM (man, why all the caps Trish…way too much coffee).  LIterally, the tribes are going to SPLIT (see I told you) and make 2 nations.  This is NOT good people.  The Covenant does not split, just the people.

Here are some visuals so that when you read tomorrow (or because you are so excited about this post you are going to read it right now).  Look below at the yellow boxes.  Rehoboam and Jeroboam.  As you read about these 2 guys if you are like me and get a little overwhelmed with names,  just “nickname them” (I have a nickname in my head for everyone)

  • “R”-Reigning King- Solomon’s son-Covenant
  • “J”-Jerk (sorry, that is what my nickname is)  He is a JERK for leading 10 tribes into a division that will NOT carry the Covenant.

Kings: The Divided Kingdom | My Blog

Look below.  This is a NORTH/SOUTH split.  To keep this straight in your head you are going to think of all the songs or phrases you have heard about the “Lion of Judah” and know that the one that will keep the Covenant is JUDAH.

The Divided Kingdom - Week 3 - The Great Divide - Grace Church

Here is the Timeline and how the Prophets are going to mix into History.  So Cool, right!!

30. Understanding the Writing Prophets | Bible.org

I will make printable handouts shortly…I promise.  Just not today 😬

1 Kings · 2 Chronicles

1 Kings 10-11, 2 chron 9

CHAPTER 10 VISUALS:

Yemen….I can’t say it in my head without hearing Chandler’s voice:

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The site of Sheba was about 1,200 miles southeast of Israel (present Yemen and or Oman). A traditional site of the Queen of Sheba’s castle is Salalah, in southern Oman.

Location of Yemen (red)

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The queen’s primary purpose in visiting Solomon seems to have been to make a treaty with him. “Testing” or “Questioning” was a typical activity among ancient Near Eastern monarchs. Solomon served as an international broker. He capitalized on Israel’s geographic location as the land bridge that connected three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. Everyone passed through Israel with their merchandise and Solomon charged custom taxes as goods entered and left his country.

The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,  not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the territories.

Hmmm  666.

500

and of course…the Throne

 

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Time to get serious.  Chapter 11:

 Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.

 

On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.

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Pagan worship looked different for each god.  Many of the practices were sexual with each other or with animals, but the Molech often required child sacrifice to their god.

11 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 

Ready??  BIG MOMENT:

26 Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was one of Solomon’s officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah.

A prophet named Ahijah took a cloak and tore it into pieces giving a visual of what he was going to do to the kingdom:

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I will take the kingdom from his son’s hands and give you ten tribes. (Talking to Jeroboam Solomon’s Servant)

41 As for the other events of Solomon’s reign—all he did and the wisdom he displayed—are they not written in the book of the annals of Solomon? 42 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 43 Then he rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son succeeded him as king.

Either tonight or tomorrow I am going to recap what is happening and supply you with handouts because we are on the brink of a MAJOR turn in the Bible!!  We started as a Theocracy (God is King), then to Monorachy (Saul, David then Solomon as KIng), NEXT…A Divided Monarchy!  (we will call it the Divided Kingdom)

 

1 Kings · 2 Chronicles

1 Kings 9 and 2 Chronicles 8

Our reading today is a short read today so I want you to read it very carefully.  How do these 2 chapters differ?  Remember the Chronicles author,  Ezra,  was a priest (and a pretty conservative one) so his concentration is going to be the duties of the priests, the sacrifices, the feasts…really he is always going to be Temple centered.

Solomon’s splendor was the Temple…after that it kind of goes downhill.  I know we keep rereading this but it is so important:

Deuteronomy 17:

The King

14 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” 15 be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. 1The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.

18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.


In today’s read we get the big “IF”…”Then” statement:

“But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you[and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 7 then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. This temple will become a heap of rubble. 

Son of a Nutcracker!  You know I am shaking my head  (I was going to write SMH but my husband isn’t as cool as I am and would not know it meant that).


Solomon was a King of Peace and through his willingness to work with his neighbors AND marry their daughters he enlarged the Kingdom while he reined.  Even in today’s scriptures, Solomon knows this is wrong because she can’t even live near the Ark because her pagan rituals would be too close to the Presence of the Lord.  SMH!!

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Umm but remember he was supposed to read his Bible, I mean the Laws daily so that he would follow God’s words carefully.  If he had,  he may have seen this:

Deuteronomy 7

When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.[ Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

So when you read today you can see he really was ignoring God on a lot of things!  (feel free to ask yourself if you are a Solomon)