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Two OT Kings Today

By Watchman | February 25, 2013

Then [the prophet] Ahijah took hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces.  And he said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel:  ‘Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you…So I will take you, and you shall reign over all your heart desires, and you shall be king over Israel.  Then it shall be, if you heed all that I command you, walk in My ways and do what is right in My sight to keep My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then I will be with you and build for you an enduring house as I built for David, and will give Israel to you.’ ”  (1Kings 11: 30-31, 37-38)

So the king (Jeroboam) took counsel and made two calves of gold.  And he said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem.  Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”  (1 Kings 12: 28)

“Now it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel along with him.  And it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord…And he took the fortified cities of Judah and came to Jerusalem.  Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah, who were gathered together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus says the Lord: ‘You have forsaken Me, and therefore I have left you in the hand of Shishak.’ ”  So the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, “The Lord is righteous.”  Now when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the word came to Shemaiah, saying, “They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance.  My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.  Nevertheless, they will be his servants, that they may distinguish My service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations.”…When he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him so as not to destroy him completely; and things also went well in Judah…And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.  (2 Chronicles 12: 1-2, 4-8, 12, 14)

         After the death of King Solomon, the land of Israel was divided into two nations:  Judah, which was made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin as well as all of the Levites who left their lands since “Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them from serving as priests to the Lord” and which was led by Solomon’s son Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:14); and Israel, the other ten tribes, led by Jeroboam.  Rehoboam was by right of blood the king who should have ruled over the entire nation, but he refused to listen to the wants and needs of his people, so most of them chose to break away from his rule and live instead under the kingship of Jeroboam, as Ahijah had prophesied.  Yet even after being told by God Himself through His prophet what the Lord had in store for him IF he heeded all of God’s commandments, Jeroboam chose instead to create idols for his people to worship so that they would not go to Jerusalem to worship God and, possibly, choose to return to Rehoboam.  Rehoboam allowed the Levite priests to continue to serve the Lord, but once he gained strength he  turned away from the Lord.  In return, the Lord allowed the king of Egypt to come against Jerusalem.  Although Rehoboam and his people repented, the Lord still allowed Shishak to come and take away all the treasures belonging to the king and the temple, in order to show them the difference between living with Him and choosing to live without Him.   However, He spared their lives and Judah prospered again, only to fall away from God again later.   Today, the same rebellion is being repeated in our land.  Rehoboam and Jeroboam are inhabiting high places in our government, our communities, and even in our own homes.

     King Rehoboam lives in the lives of the church.  We repent and live as children of God…for a while.  Then the world creeps in, diluting the word of God in our lives, and we turn away.  Then some crisis falls and for a while we repent and call upon the name of the Lord.  Then, when our prayers have been answered and we are no longer afraid, we quit worrying  again about how He feels about our tolerance of sin.  When our nation began to grow further and further away from the Lord, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon in what we now call simply “9/11.”  The next Sunday our churches were full to bursting point with people calling upon God to strengthen and guide us.  Then, the further away 9/11 became, the fewer people cared to worship and the more people chose to cave to political correctness–even within the body of the church and her leaders.   More and more churches have accepted the practice of a couple living together without being married, even though God forbade it.  More are accepting homosexual unions and allowing practicing homosexuals to serve in the church, although God calls such behavior an abomination in His sight.  More and more of us believe we can separate our worship from the way we treat each other in everyday life–which is true hypocrisy.    (As a priest of my acquaintance put it:  we pray on our knees on Sunday, and we prey on everyone else the rest of the week!)   God has shown me that I, too, am King Rehoboam.  I am he every time I deliberately close my ears or my heart to what He says to me; every time I break one of His commandments; every time I rebel against His word.  Like He did with Rehoboam and the people of Judah, God stands ready to forgive us for turning away from His word, although we have gone so far from Him that a certain price will still have to be paid for our rebellion.  If we who call ourselves His will take a stand against evil, He will forgive us and give us the strength to continue the fight regardless of what we have so far lost.

     King Jeroboam lives today in our government and within our increasingly secular society.  As a nation we have known the bounty of God and received promises of great value since we were created to be a country that would glorify Him, yet we now prefer the worship of the golden calves of humanism, secularism, sexual freedom and tolerance.  Our leaders are now so afraid that we will not choose to pay homage to their desire to rule, to not bow down to the New Age goals of globalism and a one-world order, that they are trying desperately to marginalize God in our society since He is the greatest threat to their authority.    Our only real authority must be the Lord.  He alone can raise us up; He alone can grant us strength, help and protection.  For this reason, our leaders want to get rid of Him to whatever extent they can.  The present administration hopes that by enticing us with promises of more idols they will be able to vanquish the God that will judge us and them.    The world’s leaders are declaring God to be wrong:  wrong for declaring Himself to be God, wrong for giving us moral laws by which He expects us to live, and wrong in telling us that we must try to please Him by spreading His gospel to the whole world.

     I repudiate the two evil kings!  I reject from my heart and my life King Rehoboam and his wavering for and against God; and I refuse to end my life as he did: evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.  I reject the authority of any leader who tells me that I am wrong to accept the word of God as my only guide, and I reject any that are leading their people astray by offering them false idols in place of the God who created and loves them.

Maranatha!

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2 Responses to “Two OT Kings Today”

  1. Shirley Says:
    February 27th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    An eye opener! Thank you! You took a piece of Biblical history and showed us how it relates to our present day situation(s). The last paragraph, in this blog, should speak to every heart. I, for one, take a stand with you in your declaration to serve God and reject our human leaders’ offer of the “golden calves” of the day!

  2. Susan Says:
    February 27th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Illuminating and learned written entry my friend! I also reiterate what Shirley has said.

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