Synopsis:Jeroboam’s son falls sick so he sends his wife to see the prophet Ahijah, who tells her – the boy is going to die because of the sins of the father making molten images. And Jeroboam is cursed. Sure enough, the kid dies and Jeroboam’s reign is filled with war. He reigns 22 years and then his son Nadab takes over. Meanwhile in Judah, reigns for 17 years and in that time, they also provoked the Lord to jealous with other gods and sodomites. In the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign, King Shishak of Egypt invades and takes all the treasures of the house of the Lord away, including the shields of god which Solomon had made. So Rehobaum replaced them with brass shields and put guards over the temple. Throughout their reigns, Rehoboam and Jeroboam warred with each other. Rehoboam was succeeded by his son Abijam.
In other words:While the kings of Judah and Israel are fighting, king of Egypt comes and steals all their stuff.
Favorite bit:The curse of Jeroboam (1 Kings 14:10,11) Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone. Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the Lord hath spoken it.
2nd favorite bit:1 Kings 14:17-19 – God is really upset that he exalted Jeroboam and made him king and how does Jeroboam repay him? By making golden images. You are nothing like David!
3rd favorite bit:1 Kings 14: 22-24 – And Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked him to jealousy. (The other king isn’t any better – God sure is a bad judge of character).
Funniest bit:1 Kings 14:25,26 – While Rehoboam and Jeroboam are fighting the king of Egypt comes and steals all their stuff
Most annoying bit:1 Kings 14:19 and 1 Kings 14:29 – the rest of the acts of these kings were written in the chronicles. So – you are already supposed to know what all happened, it’s not going to be repeated here. I realize this is a transcription if a verbal story, but still – I kind of want to know what all they did.
Moral Lesson Learned:
- Find out what people are really like before you hire them (1 Kings 14)
- Never forget who your real enemy is (1 Kings 14)
Synopsis:Solomon loved many “strange” women. In fact He had 700 wives, and 300 concubines from all over the place. When he got old, he started worshipping other gods, like Ashtoreth (a god of the Zidonians) and Milcom (a god of the Ammonites). He even built in Jerusalem a ‘high place’ for Chemosh ( a god of the Moabites) and Molech (a god of the children of Ammon). God was obviously pretty angry with Solomon, but, out of respect for David, decides not to harm Solomon or his kingdom, but he will only give 1 tribe to Solomon’s son and the rest will go to someone else. God stirred up several people against Solomon including Hadad the Edomite, Rezon who ended up ruling over Syria, and Jeroboam who was the son of one of Solomon’s servants. A prophet found Jeroboam and tore his clothese into 12 pieces and gave Jeroboam 10 pieces, to show that he would get 10 of the tribes of Israel per God’s will. Solomon wanted to kill Jeroboam but Jeroboam fled to Egypt and stayed there with the king Shishak of Egypt until Solomon died. Solomon reigned 40 years and was buried in the city of David, and Rehoboam, his sun reigned in his stead.
In other words:Solomon has a huge appetite for women AND other gods, which makes God unhappy.
Favorite bit:Even though Solomon had met God in person twice, he STILL went whoring after other gods. And not just a few gods, A LOT of them. (1 Kings 11:5-10)
Least favorite bit:1 Kings 11:1-4 A list of all the “strange” women that Solomon web in addition to Pharoah’s daughter. From this we are supposed to learn that – unless you marry within your faith – you are going to be led astray – because it’s always the women.
It’s almost like god doesn’t exist bit:1 Kings 11:11-13 Go tells Solomon because you’ve not kept my covenant, I’m going to rend your kingdom from you – but not until you die. Funny how people who do bad things never seem to get punished, but their kids do.
What I think the main moral lesson is:1 Kings 11:40 – Jeroboam flees to Egypt and Solomon dies, so – he wins by not fighting?
Moral Lesson Learned:Sometimes you win by not fighting. (1 Kings 11)
There is no real punishment for not obeying God’s covenants. (1 Kings 11)