Week 18   Day 1

   

The next four books of the Bible tell the story of

            the kings who ruled

            and the prophets

            who spoke on God's behalf 

 

Israel is now a divided nation 

            Israel to the North and Judah to the South 

Their stories are interwoven and overlap 

 

Generally speaking the kings of Israel

            were more corrupt than those of the Judah 

because occasionally the light would shine in Judah

            and a good, righteous-in-God's-sight

            king would emerge.

 

 

The Bible tells sacred history 

            about the people of God 

                        their faith journey 

                        and how they responded to God

                        or failed to respond

 

The spiritual realm of one's life is

            what is important in the Bible 

you will read little about

            a person's accomplishments

            as we understand that term.

 

  

The queen of Sheba looked at Solomon

            and saw greatness

God looked at Solomon

            and saw a man who left his God

            at the starting gate

Solomon's subjects knew him to be

            an oppressor of his own people.

 

 

 

                                    ISRAEL DIVIDED 

Rehoboam's mistake was really God working a change.
                                         I Kings 12

 

     1Rehoboam went to Shechem because all Israel had
gone to
make him king.  2When Jeroboam heard it  (he was
still
in Egypt), he and the whole assembly of Israel came
and
spoke to Rehoboam, saying, 4"Your father made our
yoke
heavy; now, lighten the burdensome service of your
father,
and we will serve you."  

     5So he said to them, "Depart for three days, then come

back to me."  6Then king Rehoboam consulted the elders

who stood before his father Solomon while he lived, and

he said, "How do you advise me to answer these people?" 

7They spoke to him, "If you will be a servant to these

people, and serve them, and speak good words to them,

then they will be your servants forever."

     8But he rejected the advice which the elders had given

him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with

him, who stood before him.  9He said to them, "What

advice do you give?  How should we answer this people?" 

10The young who had grown up with him spoke, saying,

"Thus you should speak to them:  'My little finger shall

be thicker than my father's waist!  11Whereas my father

put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father

chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with

scourges!'"

     12Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on
the third day, as the king directed.  13The king
answered
the people roughly, and rejected the advice
which the
elders had given him; 14and he spoke to them
according
to the advice of the young men.  15So the king
did not
listen to the people.

     16When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them,
the people answered the king, saying:  "What share
have
we in David?  We have no inheritance in the son of
Jesse. 
To your tents, O Israel!  See to your own
house, O David!" 
So Israel departed to their tents.  17But
Rehoboam reigned
over the children of Israel who dwelt
in the cities of Judah. 

     18Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in

charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him, and he

died.  Therefore Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste
to flee to Jerusalem.  19So Israel was in rebellion against
the
house of David.
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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