WOW – big list today! Don’t give up – 160 days in, we’ve come to far to turn back now, right? How are getting through? Are you using the YouVersion One Year Chronological Plan? Do you have a chronological bible? Are you looking up verses in your old faithful bible? I do a little of all three – but days like this, I’m glad to have it laid out for me! Please read: 1 Kings 13, 1 Kings 14:1-24, 2 Chronicles 12:13-14, 2 Chronicles 11:18-23, 2 Chronicles 12:1-12, 1 Kings 14:25-28, 2 Chronicles 12:13-16, 1 Kings 14:29-31, 1 Kings 15:1-5, 2 Chronicles 13, 1 Kings 15:9-15, 1 Kings 14:9-20, 1 Kings 15:25-34, 2 Chronicles 14:9-15, 2 Chronicles 15. Here we go:
What horrible news of Israel and its kings. I don’t guess anyone is left who remembers being told about when God Himself offered to be their king and Israel rejected Him. God is still thinking about His covenant with David, He never breaks it. We’ll continue to see that covenant even into the new testament. When Jeroboam’s son comes into power, it is written,
“He was not truehearted to God as his great-grandfather David had been. But despite that, out of respect for David, his God graciously gave him a lamp, a son to follow him and keep Jerusalem secure. For David had lived an exemplary life before God all his days, not going off on his own in willful defiance of God’s clear directions, except for that time with Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:3-5 MSG)
I thought of the present day when I read about Jeroboam letting anyone become priests – it’s the same today, isn’t it? When my husband was ordained, it was a little of a difficult process – now one can become a minister over the internet. Nothing seems sacred. Asa did better than the others, but still left a lot out – we have to be consistent in our walk or we won’t be effective. God help us!