Day One Hundred Fifty-Two, I Kings 12-13, II Chron. 11
In today’s reading, Solomon’s son Rehoboam has taken over the kingdom of Israel, and as we’ll see, the Lord did not hesitate to keep His word in tearing the kingdom away from Solomon’s descendants.
One lesson that Rehoboam learned the hard way was that he paid the price when he listened to the advice of his friends and companions, rather that to his father’s advisers, who were older and perhaps a lot wiser.
So the kingdom is torn apart, and Rehoboam retains control only of Judah and Benjamin. While the ten northern tribes of Israel were under the control of Jeroboam. We’re also told that some Levites and others fled from Israel to Judah, in order to worship the Lord, as His Temple was in Jerusalem, in Judah.
Israel, from the outset, worships idols, as Jeroboam sets up altars at Dan and Bethel. He set up high places and made idols and appointed priests so that the people could worship. Judah, on the other hand, will have their procession of ups and downs, both good kings and bad kings.
Today’s reading also includes an interesting story about a prophet who believes someone else, rather than the Lord’s command. You learn not to believe everything you hear! I don’t have time to go into all the details…but it’s a good story…look it up…I Kings 13.