Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priest for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places. This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth. (1Kings 13: 33,34 NIV)
Results form Rehoboam’s decision to follow immature advice, led to Northern tribes formation of new nation. Ten tribes consolidated to form Israel, no longer the united nation of Israel. Only two tribes stayed true to the house of David. Judah and Benjamin became known as the southern nation of Judah.
Two evils never result in one good plan. Jeroboam was a voice for the Israelites against harsh labor and heavy yokes. Upon his return from speaking with Rehoboam, Jeroboam was crowned King of Israel. Although he stood for justice, his other actions proved evil in sight of the Lord. As noted in the above verse, he allowed anyone who wanted a priest position to have one. Clearly this was not God’s authority. Instructions from old testament and new testament tell how leaders are selected. In essence, scripture notes, this very sin led to Israel’s downfall and its destruction from the face of earth. From the face of earth? I’d say selection of leaders is vital to the future of any church, organization, and certainly our nation. Important to all nations across the world.
Results of every northern King was found evil in sight of the Lord. Once ineffective leaders are placed in high positions, downfall begins. Northern Kings brought idolatry into churches and corruption into politics, an abuse of power. Baal worship was welcomed. Even though they began as a reform movement, their results ended in total disaster. Judah’s temple remained a powerful symbol of worship of the true God. Even though idolatry made its way in, a few Kings proved faithful to God. Through the line of David, tribe of Judah, came Jesus Christ.
Forward Friday! How do these thoughts move forward building a larger picture? Consider how results are derived from decisions made. Who makes these decisions? Are they seen evil in sight of the Lord or faithful to the one and only true God? I’m thankful for scripture. Scripture reenforces our foundation in Christ for application of truth in today’s circumstances. We certainly can move forward faithful in God’s eyes. Are you willing to be faithful?