The Lord wants unity, but not always

1 Kings Bible Background

05.06.2016 Old Testament: 1Ki 12.21–24

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 12–13 on May 6, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Since Solomon turned his heart away from the Lord, at least for a while, the Lord promised to tear ten tribes from Solomon and give them to another. After Solomon died, the Lord did just that shortly after Solomon’s son Rehoboam started to reign. Then Rehoboam sought to fight to bring back the ten tribes,

And when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin, one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, “Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “You shall not go up nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel. Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me.”’” Therefore they obeyed the word of the LORD, and turned back, according to the word of the LORD (1 Kings 12.21–24).

The Lord wants unity, but He also wants it based on the right things, and Israel had then embraced idolatry. Therefore, He would not bless with them unity, but would fight against them, until they repented.

Questions:

  • Have you devoted yourself to accepting the will of the Lord, even if it goes against what you want?

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