lso, Jeroboam, son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was one of Solomon’s officials… Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king:
Now Jeroboam was a man of standing, and when Solomon saw how well the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the tribes of Joseph. About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. . . . and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces.
Then he said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel says: ‘See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand and give you ten tribes. But for the sake of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe. I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek, the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees and laws as David, Solomon’s father did. I Kings 11: 26-33
God always watches over His word to perform it. He reminds us that His word never returns void to Him but always goes out to achieve the purpose for which He sent it. (Isaiah 55:11).
When God realized that Solomon was not willing to change his attitude of disobedience, He s aid to him: “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees. . . I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. Yet, I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.” (I Kings 11:11-13).
God’s word was fulfilled. Solomon heard that Jeroboam was designated to take the greater part of the kingdom and he tried to kill Jeroboam, “but Jeroboam fled to Egypt, to Shishak the king, and stayed there until Solomon’s death.” God’s promise to David that he will always be linked with the throne of Israel was fulfilled. His word to Solomon that Israel would experience His wrath if they turned away from Him in disobedience also came to pass. Jeroboam was about to take the kingdom. Solomon’s actions were affecting the future.
God’s word will always be fulfilled no matter what. We must always remember that our actions against God carry great repercussions that can affect future generations because of divine wrath. To him, whom much is given by God, of him is much expected by God.
God has given us much by way of the salvation we have through the sacrificial death of Christ. Let’s walk with God in such a way that His promised blessings will be fulfilled in our lives and not His wrath associated with disobedience.
Prayer: Lord, I confess that there are many ways in which I am pulled to be disobedient to you. Please help me to live in a way that will cause your promised blessings and not the consequences of sin to be fulfilled in my life. Amen.