I just finished the book of I Kings and here are some of my observations:
12:32,33 Yarov’am (Jereboam) sets up his OWN festival in the month and place HE chooses rather than encourage the people to observe what YHWH had commanded.
I’m sure no one would think of doing that today….right??
11:1-10 “King Shlomo loved many foreign women…..he didn’t obey Adonai’s orders.” Solomon was supposed to be the wisest man who ever lived, yet he disobeyed YHWH’s instructions NOT to marry pagan women. Sure enough, they led him astray after false gods.
If that could happen to the wisest man who ever lived, do we think it won’t happen to us if we marry people who do not keep His commandments?
20:43; 21:4 refers to Ach’av (Ahab) being resentful and depressed, resentful and depressed. If you read the story, he was resentful and depressed because he was bringing on God’s judgment by his disobedience and he was coveting something (a vineyard) that did not belong to him. In 21:27 He finally shows some sign of remorse (instead of just being resentful and depressed) and God postpones some of the judgment that is due him.
The next time we are resentful and depressed, perhaps we need to ask ourselves why.
11:14; 11:23; 14:15; 20:20 All indicate YHWH has brought disaster, raised up adversaries and, scattered, and given Israel over into the hands of her enemies for their refusal to obey His commandments and walk in His ways.
Could it be that He has raised up adversaries against us, brought disaster on us and given us over into the hands of our enemies for the same reason? Or are we somehow exempt from His judgment?