1 Kings 11:14-43
Do you remember in chapter 9 when Solomon was so powerful that his ally, Hiram, wouldn’t complain? Well something changed when Solomon turned his back on God! Suddenly he has enemies.
When Solomon turned from God, God allowed discontent to rise among people who felt wronged in the past, specifically Hadad the Edomite and Rezon the son of Eliada. Both of these men had been defeated by David, but as Solomon lost God’s protection they began to rise up.
However the biggest adversary to arise was Jeroboam. Jeroboam was actually a good man who worked for Solomon. God sent the prophet Ahijah to him and told him that God would give Jeroboam rule over 10 of the tribes of Israel. Only Judah and Benjamin (eventually just referred to as Judah) would be left under the rule of David’s descendants. God made Jeroboam the same promise He made to Solomon; if Jeroboam would serve God, he and his descendants would reign over Israel.
When Solomon found out about this, he tried to kill Jeroboam. However, Jeroboam fled to Egypt until Solomon died. Solomon had ruled Israel for 40 years. Many of these years had been good, but Solomon lost his focus. Solomon’s son, Rehoboam was named king of all Israel, but that wasn’t going to last.
Solomon made choices that had consequences. Jeroboam was promised that his choices would have rewards or consequences too. This is a universal truth. Our actions have results; some good, some bad. Sometimes God shows us immense grace and does not force us to suffer for our mistakes. Most importantly, He has offered us a free gift to remove the ultimate penalty of sin, eternal death or separation from Him. We deserve punishment for our sins, but God loves us so much He has offered us another option. Have you accepted the gift of salvation? We often still must pay the consequences of our earthly choices, however, those of us who have accepted the gift of salvation can rest assured that we only pay a temporary price. Heaven awaits at the end!
(Parent: Be sure your child understands salvation!)
Is it fair that Solomon’s children are going to lose the kingdom because of Solomon’s actions?