Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000547
00:16 Hello, and welcome to His Words are Life.
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and thank you for joining with me today
00:21 to read the word of God. When we were last together we were
00:24 reading of the death of king Solomon and how before he died,
00:29 he turned from following God with his whole heart,
00:32 and his heart gave a mixed worship to God, and to the false
00:36 gods of his wives. So the kingdom is going to be removed
00:40 from the hands of his sons. We'll continue reading,
00:43 but let's pray first. Dear Lord, please help us to learn the
00:49 lesson of King Solomon and to not follow what he did, but to
00:55 give to you our whole heart, unmixed and pure in it's focus
01:01 and in it's love for you. Please fill our hearts with that love.
01:05 And help us to show it to you every day of our lives.
01:09 Thank you for being with us now as we read. Amen.
01:12 We're in the book of 1st Kings, in chapter 12, and we're picking
01:18 up in verse 19. And this is the King James Version.
01:21 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
01:27 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam
01:30 was come again, that they sent and called him unto the
01:33 congregation, and made him king over all Israel:
01:36 there was none that followed the house of David,
01:39 but the tribe of Judah only. And when Rehoboam was come to
01:43 Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe
01:46 of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men,
01:50 which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel,
01:53 to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
01:56 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
02:02 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah and
02:07 unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant
02:10 of the people, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not
02:13 go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel:
02:17 return every man to his house; for this thing is from me.
02:23 They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned
02:27 to depart, according to the word of the Lord. Then Jeroboam built
02:32 Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therin; and went out from
02:37 thence, and built Penuel. And Jeroboam said in his heart,
02:41 Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
02:44 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house
02:47 of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people
02:51 turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah,
02:54 and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
02:58 Whereupon the king took counsel and made two calves of gold,
03:03 and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up
03:06 to Jerusalem. Behold, thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up
03:11 out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel,
03:15 and the other put he in Dan. And this thing became a sin:
03:19 for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
03:24 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the
03:28 lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
03:31 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the 8th month, on the 15h day
03:36 of the month like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered
03:41 upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the
03:47 calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests
03:50 of the high places which he had made. So he offered upon the
03:55 altar which he had made in Bethel the 15th day of the 8th
03:58 month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart;
04:02 and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel:
04:06 and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
04:09 Continuing in 1st Kings Chapter 13, and this is
04:14 the King James Version. And, Behold, there came a man
04:18 of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel:
04:21 and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. And he cried
04:26 against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar,
04:30 altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born
04:35 unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he
04:41 offer the priests of the high places that burn incense
04:45 upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.
04:48 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign
04:53 which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent,
04:57 and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
05:00 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the
05:05 man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel,
05:08 that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold
05:12 on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up,
05:17 so that he could not pull it in again to him. The altar also
05:23 was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to
05:27 the sign which the man of God had given by the word
05:29 of the Lord. And the king answered and said unto the man
05:33 of God, Entreat now the face of the Lord thy God, and pray
05:37 for me, that my hand may be restored me again.
05:40 And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king's hand
05:44 was restored him again, and became as it was before.
05:47 And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me,
05:52 and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.
05:56 And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me
06:01 half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat
06:04 bread nor drink water in this place: For so was it charged me,
06:09 by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water,
06:13 nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. So he went
06:18 another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel.
06:23 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came
06:28 and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day
06:31 in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king,
06:35 them they told also to their father. And their father said
06:39 unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way
06:44 the man of God went, which came from Judah. And he said unto his
06:48 sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode
06:52 thereon, and went after the man of God, and found him sitting
06:56 under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God
07:00 that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.
07:03 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.
07:08 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee:
07:13 neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee
07:15 in this place: For it was said to me by the word of the Lord,
07:19 Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn
07:23 again to go by the way that thou camest.
07:25 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel
07:32 spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back
07:36 with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water
07:40 But he lied unto him. So he went back with him, and did eat
07:46 bread in his house, and drank water. And it came to pass,
07:50 as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto
07:53 the prophet that brought him back: and he cried unto the man
07:57 of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord,
08:00 Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast
08:04 not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee,
08:07 but camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the
08:11 place, of which the Lord did say to thee, Eat no bread,
08:15 and drink no water; thy carcass shall not come unto the
08:19 sepulcher of thy fathers.
08:27 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread,
08:30 and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass,
08:33 to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back.
08:36 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him
08:40 and his carcass was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it,
08:44 the lion also stood by the carcass. And, behold, men passed
08:50 by and saw the carcass cast in the way, and the lion
08:53 standing by the carcass: and they came and told it
08:56 in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
08:59 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way
09:02 heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God,
09:05 who was disobedient unto the word of the Lord: therefore
09:09 the Lord hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn
09:11 him, and slain him, according to the word of the Lord,
09:14 which he spake unto him. And he spake to his sons, saying,
09:18 Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him. And he went
09:23 and found his carcass cast in the way, and the ass and the
09:27 lion standing by the carcass: the lion had not eaten
09:30 the carcass, nor torn the ass. And the prophet took up the
09:35 carcass of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass and brought
09:38 it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn
09:42 and to bury him. And he laid his carcass in his own grave;
09:47 and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!
09:49 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake
09:53 to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the
09:57 sepulcher wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside
10:01 his bones: For the saying which he cried by the word of the Lord
10:04 against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the
10:07 high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely
10:11 come to pass. After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his
10:16 evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests
10:21 of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him,
10:25 and he became one of the priests of the high places.
10:28 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam,
10:32 even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face
10:37 of the earth. Continuing in the book of
10:41 1st Kings, Chapter 14, This is the King James Version.
10:45 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick,
10:51 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise
10:55 thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam
10:59 and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet,
11:03 which told me that I should be king over this people.
11:06 And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruise of
11:10 honey and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become
11:14 of the child. And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went
11:18 to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. And Ahijah could not
11:23 see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age.
11:26 And the Lord said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam
11:30 cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick:
11:34 thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be,
11:38 when she cometh in that she shall feign herself to be
11:42 another woman. And it was so when Ahijah heard the sound
11:47 of her feet, as she came in the door, that he said, Come in,
11:51 thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be
11:55 another? for I am sent to thee with heavy tidings. Go tell
12:01 Jeroboam, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Forasmuch as I
12:06 exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince
12:10 over my people Israel, and rent the kingdom away from the house
12:15 of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my
12:19 servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed
12:23 me with all his heart, to do that only which was right
12:28 in mine eyes; but hast done evil above all that were before
12:32 thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods,
12:35 and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me
12:39 behind thy back: Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon
12:45 the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that
12:49 pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left
12:52 in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of
12:56 Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.
13:01 Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat;
13:06 and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat:
13:10 for the Lord hath spoken it. Arise thou therefore, get thee
13:14 to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city,
13:17 the child shall die. And all Israel shall mourn for him, and
13:22 bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave
13:26 because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord
13:30 God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
13:32 Moreover the Lord shall raise him up a king over Israel,
13:36 who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what?
13:40 even now. For the Lord shall smite Israel, as a reed
13:45 is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this
13:48 good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter
13:51 them beyond the river, because they have made their groves,
13:55 provoking the Lord to anger. And he shall give Israel up
13:59 because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel
14:01 to sin. And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to
14:07 Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child
14:10 died; and they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him,
14:14 according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by the hand
14:18 of his servant Ahijah the prophet. And the rest of
14:21 the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned,
14:24 behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles
14:27 of the kings of Israel.
14:28 Thank you for being with me today to read the word of God.
14:32 Please join me again next time.