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2015.Apr.
27 Mon
 
The Wisest Fool
[ 1 Kings 11:26 - 11:43 ]
 
26. Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was one of Solomon's officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah.
27. Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the supporting terraces and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father.
28. Now Jeroboam was a man of standing, and when Solomon saw how well the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the house of Joseph.
29. About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country,
30. and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces.
31. Then he said to Jeroboam, "Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and give you ten tribes.
32. But for the sake of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe.
33. I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in my ways, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my statutes and laws as David, Solomon's father, did.
34. " 'But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon's hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who observed my commands and statutes.
35. I will take the kingdom from his son's hands and give you ten tribes.
36. I will give one tribe to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name.
37. However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule over all that your heart desires; you will be king over Israel.
38. If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.
39. I will humble David's descendants because of this, but not forever.'"
40. Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam fled to Egypt, to Shishak the king, and stayed there until Solomon's death.
41. As for the other events of Solomon's reign--all he did and the wisdom he displayed--are they not written in the book of the annals of Solomon?
42. Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
43. Then he rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son succeeded him as king.
 

Reflection
Sins Ripple (11:26–40)
Because of Solomons disobedience, God divides the kingdom of Israel, and the majority of the kingdom is given over to Jeroboam. One may think that Gods actions against Solomon are a bit harsh, but these verses reveal the full extent of Solomons sin. He does not simply slip up; he has broken the first commandment and has led his people to do likewise. His sin has led his people into sin—they have forsaken the LORD and worshiped other gods (v. 33). Your sin does not only affect you and your relationship with God. It can have a ripple effect that carries harmful consequences to those around you.

Only by the Spirit of God (11:41–43)
All the worlds wisdom will not lead you to God. Solomon is the wisest man of his time—so wise that even royalty from other countries admire him. But he is not wise enough to realize the sinfulness of his heart. God had commanded Solomon not to marry women of foreign nations who would lead him into spiritual adultery, but Solomon still took seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. He may be wise, but his wisdom cannot save him. All the smarts in the world will not help you understand God and His ways. You may be wise by the standards of the world, but apart from the Holy Spirit at work in you, you cannot even begin to understand the mysteries and complexities of God. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that you can genuinely understand Christ and His love for you (Eph. 3:18).

Application
- Do not be fooled into thinking that your sins are a private matter that does not affect others. Examine your heart, repent, and live a life of blessing that ripples out to those around you.

- Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Word of God and the depth of love that God has for you, for you cannot comprehend this apart from Him.

A Letter to
God
Father, may Your Spirit lead me to see the sin in my life so that I can be cleansed of it, and may Your Spirit lead me to understand how greatly I am forgiven in Christ. Apart from You, I have nothing. In Jesus name. Amen.
 
 
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