1 Kgs 14: 1-31
It was eventually judgement time for Jeroboam as his son fell sick. I believe he must have really loved the boy a lot. He told his wife to disguise and pay a visit to Ahijah, the prophet who told him he would be king in the first instance. Is it not surprising how people turn to God for help after being disobedient to him. As we had learnt at this time Jeroboam had made idols and altars, putting people who were not Levites as priests over these places of idol worship. We then ask the question to why he did not turn to his own priests in his time of trouble?
When Jeroboam’s wife got to Ahijah, despite his loss of physical vision, the prophet still saw visions from God and could hear his voice. He unveiled Jeroboam’s wife’s disguise and delivered God’s verdict to her. The message was clear, all men in jeroboam’s family would be cut off, and none would have a decent burial (eaten by dog or birds). The son would die also as the woman enters the city, and would be the last to have a decent burial in Jeroboam’s family. In addition, Israel too would suffer punishment for following the idolatry ways of Jeroboam. The prophecy was fulfilled as declared by Ahijah, with Jeroboam’s son dying and being buried. jeroboam later died too after reigning for 22 years, and his son Nadab became king in his place.
We were then told of what happened with Rehoboam who was reigning in Judah. just like his Israel counterpart, He and Judah provoked God with their idolatry. This led to the king of Egypt, Shishak, attacking and looting of the temple, carting away the gold treasures that Solomon had put in the temple. In their place, Rehoboam had to put brass treasures. So, Rehoboam also reigned for seventeen years in Jerusalem and was buried, with his son, Abijam, taking over.
As the book says, it is all about the kings and chronicling what they did. So how did the next generation of Israel and Judah kings proceed? We will wait and see.
Some verses to remember
vs 15: For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger. And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.
vs 22: And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.