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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

April 20 - Morning

"Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt. So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him:

'Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten
the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us,
and we will serve you.'

...King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get
into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.

So Israel has been in rebellion against the
house of David to this day."

- First Kings 12:1-4; 18-19

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The United Kingdom of Israel Splits in to Two Kingdoms: Israel and Judah    

Because Solomon sinned by accepting the gods of his foreign wives and brought these foreign religions and philosophies into Israel the Lord raised up Jeroboam as an adversary. Jeroboam had been Solomon’s superintendent of labor (1 Kings 11:26-28) but when Solomon feared Jeroboam would try to take the throne he attempted to kill him, but Jeroboam fled to Shishak, the new Pharaoh of Egypt who had recently overthrown the 21st dynasty which was the royal house of Solomon’s father-in-law the previous Pharaoh of Egypt.

After Solomon died his son Rehoboam went to Shechem to be anointed king by all of the twelve tribes of Israel, but Jeroboam returned from Egypt to speak for the northern ten tribes concerning the continued rule of the house of David over all of Israel. Solomon had heavily taxed the people of Israel and had forced them to do labor on his public building projects. Meanwhile, Solomon had ran the nation of Israel into debt.

Jeroboam and the northern ten tribes simply asked for a lighter yoke concerning the forced labor and the heavy taxes of Solomon’s day. In his youthful, ignorant arrogance Solomon’s son Rehoboam refused to cooperate, and instead threatened the people with a heavier burden saying,

“My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions!” – 1 Kings 12:14

Of course, this did not go over well with the northern ten tribes who stoned Rehoboam’s superintendent of forced labor Adoniram and would have done the same to Rehoboam if he had
not escaped back to Judah in his chariot.

This was the beginning of the divided kingdom of Israel that from now on will be known as two separate kingdoms:

  1. The southern kingdom of Judah (basically the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin) whose first king would be Jeroboam
  2. The northern kingdom of Israel (basically the ten other tribes) whose first king would be Solomon’s son Rehoboam

At this point in the scriptures the books of Kings and Chronicles begin discussing the activities of  the kings of Israel in the north and the kings of Judah ruling from Jerusalem in the south.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Whether one chooses to believe biblical Christianity, Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism-Leninism, Cosmic Humanism, or Postmodernism, we are accepting a worldview that describes the others as hopelessly distorted.”
- David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times

Something to Ponder??

God’s Wrath and
Divine Judgment
– God’s judgment against sin takes place throughout history and at the final judgment.

Imputation – means to “credit over to one” or “to charge to one’s account.” Imputation occurs three times in our salvation:

- Adam’s sin to us
- Our Sin to Christ
- Christ’s righteousness to us

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Rapha’ (Hb) – Heal (Eng) – rapha’ is the Hebrew word that means “rstoring to normal,” “become fresh,” and “heal.” Rapha’ is used 67x in the Old Testament and translated as “heal,” “healed,” “healing,” etc. 53x. Rapha’ is used 11 x in Jeremiah: 3:22; 6:14; 8:11; 8:22; 19:11; 30:17, 51:8-9.


Roman historian and Senator Tacitus (56-117 AD) wrote of Jesus and Christians
around 100 AD: 
“Nero punished with the utmost refinement of cruelty, a class hated for their abominations, who were commonly called Christians. Chrestus (Christ), from whom their name derived, was executed at the hands of the Procurator Pontius Pilate in the
reign of Tiberius.” 

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Rehoboam confused strength with stupidity and mixed up leadership with oppression.
Do I know how to be a strong leader without being stupid and oppressive?
  "The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
    but one who has insight draws them out."

- Proverbs 20: 5
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A view of the graves on the west side of the Mount of Olives as seen frm the east side of the Ophel south of the Temple Mount.

A view of the graves on the west side of the Mount of Olives as seen frm the east side of the Ophel south of the Temple Mount.
(Details and photos of Mount of Olives here.)

Details of Nadab and Baasha's interaction on a map as recorded in 1 Kings 15:25-34.
(click on image for larger size) Details of Nadab and Baasha's interaction on a map as recorded in 1 Kings 15:25-34. (click on image for larger size)
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