1 Kings Series: What Do I Do Now?

Posted on 16 Nov 2022, Pastor: Dr. Greg Hyler

1 Kings 12:21-33
New American Standard Bible
21 Now when Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, 180,000 chosen warriors, to fight against the house of Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. 22 But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 23 “Tell Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and the rest of the people, saying, 24 ‘This is what the Lord says: “You shall not go up nor fight against your relatives the sons of Israel; return, every man to his house, for this thing has come from Me.”’” So they listened to the word of the Lord, and returned to go their way in accordance with the word of the Lord.

Jeroboam’s Idolatry
25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and lived [a]there. And he went out from there and built Penuel. 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David. 27 If this people go up to [b]offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will return to their lord, to Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.” 28 So the king [c]consulted, and he made two golden calves; and he said to [d]the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt.” 29 And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. 30 Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan. 31 And he made houses on high places, and [e]appointed priests from [f]all the people who were not of the sons of Levi. 32 Jeroboam also [g]instituted a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast that is in Judah, and he [h]went up to the altar. So he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made. And he stationed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 33 Then he [i]went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, the month that he had [j]devised [k]in his own heart; and he [l]instituted a feast for the sons of Israel and [m]went up to the altar to burn [n]incense.

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1 Kings 12:25 Lit in it
1 Kings 12:27 Lit do
1 Kings 12:28 Lit took counsel
1 Kings 12:28 Lit them
1 Kings 12:31 Lit made
1 Kings 12:31 Lit the extremities of the
1 Kings 12:32 Lit made
1 Kings 12:32 Or offered upon
1 Kings 12:33 Or offered upon
1 Kings 12:33 Lit made
1 Kings 12:33 Lit from
1 Kings 12:33 Lit made
1 Kings 12:33 Or offered upon
1 Kings 12:33 Or sacrifices

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