How quickly things can change politically

1 Kings Bible Background

05.07.2015 Old Testament: 1Ki 14.25–28

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 14–15 on May 7, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Remember that one of Solomon’s wives, perhaps his first wife, was the daughter of Pharaoh. Yet, after Solomon’s son Rehoboam began to reign as king, he went down the wrong path and suffered for it. Notice this,

It happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. And he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house; he took away everything. He also took away all the gold shields which Solomon had made. Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king’s house. And whenever the king entered the house of the Lord, the guards carried them, then brought them back into the guardroom (1 Kings 14.25–28). 

Pharaoh obviously favored Solomon enough to give him his daughter as a wife, but with Solomon’s son something changed radically, leading Pharaoh to attack Rehoboam and Jerusalem.

However, this is nothing new, nor did it stop with that generation. In my lifetime, I have witnessed great and sudden changes in politics, and it is certainly happening right now. Remember though that in Rehoboam’s day the Lord watched over the whole political scene, and He continues to do so.

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