1 Kings 12:25-33
So do you think Jeroboam was more successful at keeping his side of the agreement with God than Solomon? Remember God had promised Solomon that if he would follow God’s laws his family would continue to reign. When Solomon failed, God raised up Jeroboam and took most of the kingdom from Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. God made Jeroboam the same promise that if Jeroboam followed His laws then God would allow Jeroboam’s family to continue to rule. Was Jeroboam successful?
No!! As he ruled the people of Israel he began to fear that the people would want to go back to Jerusalem to worship at the temple and then they would start following Rehoboam instead of him. So instead of trusting that God had put him in charge, therefore everything would workout, Jeroboam took matters into his own hands. His solution? Make golden calves and place them in Bethel and Dan and tell the people that these were their gods that brought them out of Egypt. Then Jeroboam created new holidays at the same time as the old ones for them to celebrate. Does that sound crazy to you? It does to me! I can’t imagine believing that some silly gold statue was my savior when I already knew the one true God!! However, Jeroboam did it anyway and none of the people argued!
This brings up an important question. Should we follow or leaders when we know they are going against God? The Bible clearly tells us that we should obey our leaders, but it also says we should not put anything above God. God’s rules come first! We should follow our leaders, except when what they ask us to do breaks God’s law.
Role play with your child about a situation where a leader asks them to do something wrong. Help them brainstorm appropriate responses and other leaders/adults to go to for help.