Today’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 11:7 through Ecclesiastes 12:14; 1 Kings 12: 1-20; 2 Chronicles 10:1-19; 1 Kings 12: 21-24; 2 Chronicles 11: 1-4; 1 Kings 12: 25-33; 2 Chronicles 11: 5-17
Rehoboam… Jeroboam–Who’s Who?
Was it hard for you to keep them separated? I had to go back several times to get it straight.
- Rehoboam was Solomon’s son who became the King of Israel after Solomon died
- Jeroboam, was one of Solomon’s officials who had fled to Egypt from King Solomon
When I first read today’s scriptures I thought, “Rehoboam, you should have listened to your elders and kept all of Israel as your kingdom.”
But then I read …
1 Kings 12:15: So the king paid no attention to the people. This turn of events was the will of the Lord, for it fulfilled the Lord’s message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh.
1 Kings 12: 19: And to this day the northern tribes of Israel have refused to be ruled by a descendant of David.
If you go back to June 5th’s reading you will see where this was prophesied: 1 Kings 11:27-40
Folks let’s not miss the significance of this—we read the Bible as history but when the word was given to Jeroboam by the prophet Ahijah it was a prediction of the future. It happened just as He said!
One of the benefits of reading the whole Bible is realizing how many times God said it and then it happened!
We live in troubling times but if we read scriptures like Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation we can know that these events were prophesied two thousand years ago and are the will of the Lord, and will come to pass.
Let’s determine to spend less time fretting over the things we cannot control and more time seeking the Lord for his will for our lives during these historic times. Jesus is coming soon! We need to be busy about His business!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 13:1 through 1 Kings 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 through 1 Kings 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 through 15:19