Week #49; Wed, 12/05/18: 1 Kings 11:1-15:34
1. The Lord said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with foreign women, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.”
2. Solomon fell away from the Lord by loving many foreign women; he had over 1,000 wives, princesses, and concubines total.
3. In his old age, Solomon’s heart strayed from that of his father David; he built places of worship to the gods of his wives that were an abomination to the Lord.
1 Kings 11, Solomon Disobeys the Lord
1. Because of Solomon’s evil actions with foreign wives and the building of temples in honor of their foreign gods, the Lord’s anger was kindled and He planned to tear the kingdom from Solomon during his son’s reign that followed, thus giving recognition to the covenant between the Lord and David.
2. Not all of the kingdom was to be torn away; one tribe was to be given to Solomon’s son for the sake of David and Jerusalem.
3. Hadad the Edomite became an adversary against Solomon by the will of the Lord.
4. After Hadad, Rezon (a king in Damascus) was also raised up by the Lord to be an adversary against Solomon and he did harm to Israel.
5. Jeroboam, son of Nebat an Ephraimite, also lifted up his hand against Solomon over the building of the Millo (a defensive wall in Jerusalem) closing up the breach to the city of David his father; this resulted in Jeroboam fleeing to Egypt until the death of Solomon.
6. Rehoboam was made king over Israel after his father Solomon slept with his fathers.
1 Kings 12, The Folly of Rehoboam
1. All Israel was in Shechem to make Rehoboam king.
2. When Jeroboam heard of this, he returned to Israel.
3. Together with all of Israel, Jeroboam went to Rehoboam asking him to lighten their load that was heavy from the days of Solomon.
4. Instead, Rehoboam added to their load based on poor counsel from his youthful friends.
5. The turn of affairs that the Lord was to bring about to fulfill his word was spoken to Ahijah.
6. The people of Israel went away leaving Rehoboam who fled to Jerusalem to reign over Judah.
7. Israel rebelled against the house of David making Jeroboam king; there was none that followed the house of David but the tribe of Judah thereby dividing the kingdom.
8. Rehoboam assembled Judah and Benjamin (180,000 strong) to fight against Israel to restore the kingdom.
9. The Lord’s word came to Shemaiah, the man of God to tell Rehoboam not to go up or fight against Israel and Rehoboam listened.
10. However, Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country to live, but he feared death from Rehoboam and Judah.
11. Foolishly, Jeroboam built two calves of gold putting one in Bethel and one in Dan along with temples in high places where he appointed priests that were not Levites, held feasts, and offered sacrifices on the altar.
1 Kings 13, Jeroboam Confronted by a Man of God
1. A man of God came out of Judah to confront Jeroboam at the altar saying, “O altar, altar, thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make sacrifices on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.'”
2. The man of God also said, “Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.”
3. The prophet was directed to not return home by the way that he came and not eat bread or drink water in the place where the altar was torn down.
4. But an old prophet in Bethel invited the man of God from Judah to come home with him under a false pretense to eat bread and drink water in disobedience to the Lord.
5. When the man of God departed to Judah, he was met by a lion on the road and he was killed.
6. Yet, Jeroboam did not turn from his evil ways, but made priests for the high places again becoming sin to the house of Jeroboam.
1 Kings 14, Prophecy Against Jeroboam
1. Abijah, the son of Jeroboam fell sick at that time.
2. Jeroboam sent his wife to Shiloh to Ahijah, the prophet, to learn what will happen to the child.
3. Ahijah told Jeroboam’s wife that the child will die as soon as she returned to Judah and the house of Jeroboam will be cut off from Israel and burned up.
4. Ahijah also stated that “the Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the house of Jeroboam today.”
5. Further, he said, “the Lord will strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water, and root up Israel out of this good land that he gave to their fathers and scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the Lord to anger.”
6. Jeroboam ruled for 22 years and he slept with his fathers; Nadab his son reigned in his place.
7. Rehoboam reigned in Judah for 17 years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there.
8. There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
9. Abijam, Rehoboam’s son, reigned in his place.
1 Kings 15, Abijam, Asa Rule in Judah; Nadab, Baasha Rule in Israel
1. Abijam walked in all of the sins of his father and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God.
2. Asa reigned 41 years over Judah in Jerusalem and he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord; Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.
3. Nadab reigned 2 years over Israel and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.
4. Baasha reigned 24 years over Israel and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.