Day 161

Standard

1 Kings 13:1- 14:24; 2 Chronicles 12:13-14; 2 Chronicles 11:18-23;
2 Chronicles 12:1-12; 1 Kings 14:25-28; 2 Chronicles 12:13-16;
1 Kings 14:29 – 15:5; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22; 1 Kings 15:6-8;
1 Chronicles 14:1-8; 1 Kings 15:9-15; 1 Kings 14:19-20;
1 Kings 15:25-34; 2 Chronicles 14:9- 15:19

Scott Slocum, Lead Pastor

So today’s reading includes a lot of different texts, which can seem to be cumbersome, scattered and oddly connected. My first words to you are these: don’t get frustrated, don’t get annoyed, and don’t blame me for putting together this reading plan! Remember that our reading plan is a chronological plan, so that you are reading the Bible through in the time line in which the people or events lived or took place.

Today’s readings are primarily about a part of two king’s lives: King Jeroboam, king of Israel, and King Rehoboam, king of Judah.

The story line:
Israel was once united and strong nation. Its previous leaders, Saul, David and Solomon, had led for 120 years. Rehoboam, son of Solomon, was now the newly crowned king, committing himself to following God and leading the nation to be faithful followers of Jehovah. The problem was, his commitment was only skin deep, not “heart” deep, which reveals the real issue – you cannot be “half” committed to God!

Rehoboam put on a good front. He knew how to look the part and how to give the appearance of being faithful.
Examples:
-When confronted with the question of whether to give some tax relief to the people, he publicly consulted the sacred counsel of his father’s advisors. Their advice was sound and godly. It looked good to be seen publicly seeking their advice, but in the end he listened to the bad advice of his unscrupulous friends.
-He was told by God not to go to war. He didn’t, which looked like obedience to God; but behind the scenes he aggressively built his army, fortified his cities and expanded his arsenal.
-He kept Jerusalem as the city of Jehovah. It looked good on the outside; yet throughout the city he allowed, and his family even participated in, every type of heathen, godless worship and lifestyle.

The classic example of his being phony is this:
Because of his unfaithfulness, God allowed the Egyptians to raid the city. They looted the temple and took the gold shields that Solomon had made to honor God. Wanting to hide his failures from the people, Rehoboam had replacement shields made of bronze, and always kept them at a distance from the people so that they would never learn the truth.

Friends, here is our truth for today:
On the surface we can appear solid gold but underneath it can all be just a cheap imitation! We can’t be half committed to God, or kind of committed, or partially or even mostly committed to God. The truth is Rehoboam wasn’t committed to God; he was committed to himself.

Prayer: Lord, today may I be totally committed to you. Not skin deep, but committed to the heart!

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3 responses »

  1. Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

    Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.

    Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

  2. The events surrounding the prophet from Judah and the prophet from Bethel are a warning. If you get a specific instruction from God, be very careful to obey it no matter who tells you to do differently. God does not give one instruction to one person and then a contrary instruction (about the same situation) to another person. When God gives exact instructions, follow them exactly. Period.

    The prophet from Bethel is also a warning to us. He was guilty of taking the Name of the Lord in vain, of saying “God told me…” when God had not told him. We should be very cautious about ‘playing the God-card’ in our dealings with each other lest we become guilty of taking His Name in vain, guilty of misrepresenting Him, and perhaps causing the destruction of a fellow-believer.

  3. Lord, please reveal to me the detestable altars and compromises I have made. Please show me where I am not wholeheartedly and completely sold out to You. Invade the places that I have the false notion that I have “hidden” from You. Genuine rest comes only when You are Lord over ALL, when nothing else comes to seduce me away from worshiping and desiring You alone. When I give even a little toe hold to the enemy, there is battle, unrest, strife, loss and disaster. Lord, I desire Your peace, Your rest, Your freedom, all for Your glory. Amen.

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