Today the Lord sends 2 prophets to tell Jeroboam of his demise and the future destruction of his kingdom bc Jeroboam sinned and made all of Israel sin against the Lord.
1) A prophet of the Lord tells Jeroboam that a king named Josiah from the house of David would one day sacrifice all these priests of the high places. We will meet Josiah soon in the Story.
2) The prophet Ahijah gives a message from the Lord to Jeroboam’s wife for Jeroboam. “Because I exalted you from among the people and made you leader over my people Israel and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, and yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart…but you have done evil above all who were before you and have gone and made for yourself other gods…therefore behold, I will bring harm upon the house of Jeroboam and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will burn up the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone.” 😳 When Baasha becomes king of Israel, he kills all in the house of Jeroboam as Ahijah prophesied.
Baasha too does evil and walks in the ways of Jeroboam as will all the following kings of Israel which will lead to Northern Israel’s downfall.
Over in Judah we find out that Rehoboam isn’t doing so great either. “For they also built for themselves high places and pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree, and there were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations that the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.” So the Lord allows the king of Egypt to come against Rehoboam and take away the treasures of the house of the Lord. When Rehoboam humbles himself before the Lord, the Lord relents totally destroying him.
After Rehoboam dies, his son Abijam becomes king of Judah and “he walked in all the sins of his father…his heart was not loyal to the Lord…Nevertheless for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, by setting up his son after him and by establishing Jerusalem.”
So Abijam’s son, Asa, is the next king of Judah and he “did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God”. Therefore Judah ends on a good note today; the people have returned to the Lord “and the Lord gave them rest all around”.
Tomorrow we meet more kings and the prophet Elijah. Keep reading.
(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 12:15-16, 1 Kings 14:29-15:5, 2 Chronicles 13:1-22, 1 Kings 15:6-8, 2 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)