(Today's post by Keith Senator)
Have you ever stopped to think, what about you is good in the eyes of God?
Obviously, back in the old testament, things were a little different. Christ coming, living, and being crucified for our sins changed everything. I was reading 1 Kings 14, King Jeroboam had a son who was very ill. He asked his wife to dress up so she wouldn't be recognized and see the prophet Ahijah. She took some bread, cakes and honey and did what she was told.
Right when she approaches the prophet he already knows who she is, and get this…he is practically blind. Well, it isn't magic, the Lord already told him in detail what would happen and also gave him a lot more.
7 Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 8 I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. 9 You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.
10 “‘Because of this, I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free.[a] I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone. 11 Dogs will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country. The Lord has spoken!’
Then the prophet speaks to her directly and gives her a rundown on what will happen. He tells her that as soon as she enters the city her son will die. The city will mourn his death and they will bury him. Furthermore, he is the only son who will be buried because he is the only one God has seen anything good.
Wow, can you imagine hearing this? What would you think? If I go home and he dies as soon as I get there, I am going to be changing my religion back. Well, that is what I would be thinking anyway.
He goes on to say that God will raise up a king who will cut off Jeroboam. The Lord will strike Israel and scatter them beyond the Euphrates because they worshipped other gods and because the king led them astray.
21 Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel in which to put his Name. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.
22 Judah did evil in the eyes of the Lord. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done. 23 They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 24 There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.
Sounds like a familiar story.
25 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. 26 He carried off the treasures of the temple of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made. 27 So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace. 28 Whenever the king went to the Lord’s temple, the guards bore the shields, and afterward they returned them to the guardroom.
29 As for the other events of Rehoboam’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 30 There was continual warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 31 And Rehoboam rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite. And Abijah[d] his son succeeded him as king.
The theme here to me is that God is a jealous God. He is not going to put up with idolatry. What would be modern idols that would be similar to the idols of old? Maybe TV, Money, Materialism, to name a few would be right at the top. In the beginning of the chapter, I noticed something very interesting. I mean Jeroboam thought he could send his wife, pay the prophet off with some food, get some news, and be done with it. Seriously, have you not been around this God at all? Are you clueless about what will happen if you mess around?
It occurs to me that sin just starts putting blinders on us to the actual truth. A small area in our life devoid of accountability and transparency, turns into something terrible and awful. As we see with people in high positions of power, the repercussions can be lethal, for not only the leader, but everyone under them. As we saw with the son of Jeroboam, he still died.
The moral of the story, don't mess around with God, Get on board with what he is doing, and don't look back. It isn't a scare tactic, if you understand the one who made us and is on the ready to lead and direct your life, everything will work out.