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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.
The Fall of the Kingdom of Israel in Splinters (1 Kings 12-22)
Fathering is not a well-achieved role in the lives of these leaders in the Old Testament. As we see the failure of another key leader to train his son, the effects this time have disastrous and long-term consequences for the people of the nation of Israel.
- In the first steps of leadership by Solomon’s son Rehoboam, he seeks to impress his friends instead of influencing a nation, resulting in a civil war that ends in the total and complete destruction of Israel! (1 Kings 12)
- In the first days of the rebellion of Israel from Solomon’s son, God makes the same promise to the rebel leader Jeroboam that He had made to David! (1 Kings 11.38)
- In the first days of the rebellion of Israel, Jeroboam makes idolatry the core of his leadership base, thus rejecting God and dooming his nation forever! (1 Kings 12-14)
- In the continuing days of the rebellion of Israel from Judah, the kings of Israel continue in the wicked ways of Jeroboam, further distancing themselves from God and any hope of future return to His blessing. (1 Kings 15-22)
The lesson from this section of God’s Word is simple: The failure of a leader at home is the future failure of a people! What can you do to make your parenting / leadership better this week?
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