[Linux4christians] Tuesday - 1 Kings 14:21-15:24
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dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Mon Feb 7 21:30:27 EST 2011
1 Kings 14:21-15:24
Rehoboam's Reign over Judah
14:21 Now Rehoboam son of Solomon ruled in Judah. He was forty-one years
old when he became king and he ruled for seventeen years in Jerusalem,
the city the Lord chose from all the tribes of Israel to be his home.
His mother was an Ammonite woman named Naamah.
14:22 Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord. They made him more
jealous by their sins than their ancestors had done. 14:23 They even
built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on
every high hill and under every green tree. 14:24 There were also male
cultic prostitutes in the land. They committed the same horrible sins as
the nations that the Lord had driven out from before the Israelites.
14:25 In King Rehoboam's fifth year, King Shishak of Egypt attacked
Jerusalem. 14:26 He took away the treasures of the Lord's temple and of
the royal palace; he took everything, including all the golden shields
that Solomon had made. 14:27 King Rehoboam made bronze shields to
replace them and assigned them to the officers of the royal guard who
protected the entrance to the royal palace. 14:28 Whenever the king
visited the Lord's temple, the royal guard carried them and then brought
them back to the guardroom.
14:29 The rest of the events of Rehoboam's reign, including his
accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the
Kings of Judah. 14:30 Rehoboam and Jeroboam were continually at war with
each other. 14:31 Rehoboam passed away and was buried with his ancestors
in the city of David. His mother was an Ammonite named Naamah. His son
Abijah replaced him as king.
Abijah's Reign over Judah
15:1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam son of Nebat,
Abijah became king over Judah. 15:2 He ruled for three years in
Jerusalem. His mother was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom. 15:3 He
followed all the sinful practices of his father before him. He was not
wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had
been. 15:4 Nevertheless for David's sake the Lord his God maintained his
dynasty in Jerusalem by giving him a son to succeed him and by
protecting Jerusalem. 15:5 He did this because David had done what he
approved and had not disregarded any of his commandments his entire
lifetime, except for the incident involving Uriah the Hittite. 15:6
Rehoboam and Jeroboam were continually at war with each other throughout
Abijah's lifetime. 15:7 The rest of the events of Abijah's reign,
including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the
Annals of the Kings of Judah. Abijah and Jeroboam had been at war with
each other. 15:8 Abijah passed away and was buried in the city of David.
His son Asa replaced him as king.
Asa's Reign over Judah
15:9 In the twentieth year of Jeroboam's reign over Israel, Asa became
the king of Judah. 15:10 He ruled for forty-one years in Jerusalem. His
grandmother was Maacah daughter of Abishalom. 15:11 Asa did what the
Lord approved like his ancestor David had done. 15:12 He removed the
male cultic prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the disgusting
idols his ancestors had made. 15:13 He also removed Maacah his
grandmother from her position as queen because she had made a loathsome
Asherah pole. Asa cut down her Asherah pole and burned it in the Kidron
Valley. 15:14 The high places were not eliminated, yet Asa was
wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord throughout his lifetime. 15:15 He
brought the holy items that he and his father had made into the Lord's
temple, including the silver, gold, and other articles.
15:16 Now Asa and King Baasha of Israel were continually at war with
each other. 15:17 King Baasha of Israel attacked Judah and established
Ramah as a military outpost to prevent anyone from leaving or entering
the land of King Asa of Judah. 15:18 Asa took all the silver and gold
that was left in the treasuries of the Lord's temple and of the royal
palace and handed it to his servants. He then told them to deliver it to
Ben Hadad son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, ruler in
Damascus, along with this message: 15:19 "I want to make a treaty with
you, like the one our fathers made. See, I have sent you silver and gold
as a present. Break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel, so he will
retreat from my land." 15:20 Ben Hadad accepted King Asa's offer and
ordered his army commanders to attack the cities of Israel. They
conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah, and all the territory of
Naphtali, including the region of Kinnereth. 15:21 When Baasha heard the
news, he stopped fortifying Ramah and settled down in Tirzah. 15:22 King
Asa ordered all the men of Judah (no exemptions were granted) to carry
away the stones and wood that Baasha had used to build Ramah. King Asa
used the materials to build up Geba (in Benjamin) and Mizpah.
15:23 The rest of the events of Asa's reign, including all his successes
and accomplishments, as well as a record of the cities he built, are
recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. Yet when
he was very old he developed a foot disease. 15:24 Asa passed away and
was buried with his ancestors in the city of his ancestor David. His son
Jehoshaphat replaced him as king.
Lord, You have Your perfect plan and even the rebellion of kings will
not deter You. May I be more attentive to Your plans than my own, may I
never fear man more than You, and may I actively seek to more nearly
follow You in all that I say, think, and do.
Rehoboam was behaving in as disrespectful way toward the Lord God in
Jerusalem of the single-tribe nation of Judah as Jeroboam was in the
other nice tribes of Israel. The countryside was littered with altars
and idols and shrines to false gods.
The Lord God allowed the king of Egypt to invade and take away all of
the gold in Jerusalem that Solomon had gathered, including the massive
gold shields, so Rehoboam had them replaced with brass and locked in the
guardroom when not in use.
Rehoboam and Jeroboam warred with each other continually.
Rehoboam died and was replaced by his son Abijah. Abijah emulated the
rebellious practices of his father and lived only three years as king.
He also warred with Jeroboam. He died and Asa replaced him as king.
Asa removed the Ashera poles and male cultic prostitutes, restored
David's articles of worship to the Temple, and otherwise obeyed the Lord
God. He failed to destroy the altars and shrines to false gods in the
high places and was continually at war with King Baasha of Israel.
Baasha attacked Judah and began building a fortified base from which to
control access and egress to Jerusalem. Asa used the remaining gold and
silver in the treasury to hire the king of Syria to attack Israel, which
he did, causing Baasha to withdraw from Jerusalem.
Asa used the stone and wood from the abandoned fortified city to build
up cities in Judah. When he was old Asa developed a foot disease then
died and was replaced by Jehoshaphat.
The Egyptians figured out that Judah was vulnerable and that Israel
would not help them, so they were an easy target for attack, and Solomon
had foolishly showed-off all of their riches to everyone.
Given the contrast between the great blessings of Solomon while he was
faithful to the Lord God and the troubled times when there was rebellion
why would Rehoboam not have figured out the cause of the troubles?
Abijah was twice the fool having seen the consequences of both Solomon's
and his Rehoboam's rebellion result in disaster he did not turn back to
the Lord God.
When have you observed a new leader follow a failed leader and copy
their destructive choices, despite the clear evidence that they would
suffer the same outcome?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place in your life where you are
Today I will humble accept the chastising of the Holy Spirit and I will
immediately remove from my life the "altars", "idols", and "shrines" to
the world that are polluting my spiritual life. They may be obsessions
with money, power, and/or sex, the abuse of alcohol and/or drugs, the
experimentation with the occult, the idolatry of celebrities, or some
other worldly obsession which interferes with the pursuit of a more
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Wednesday's text will be:
1 Kings 15:25 - 16
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