"The aftermath of Solomon’s life was not good for Israel. The nation split in two after his death. The majority of the nation, ten tribes of Israel, chose to follow Solomon’s enemy, Jeroboam, as the new king of Israel. In a terrible twist, Jeroboam was also entwined in idol worship, except, rather than introducing new gods into Israel like Solomon did, Jeroboam set up religious images at sites within his jurisdiction and tried to replace the worship of God at the Temple. He wanted to keep the influence of David’s family as distant as possible. The hitch in this plan, however, was when Jeroboam’s son became very ill. He, interestingly, sends his wife for a prophet of God, Ahijah. God’s reaction always amazes me! Honestly, if it were me, I probably would’ve judged Jeroboam years earlier, and there’d be a new king in his place. Yet, God chooses to speak with him. The answer is a hard one, but this whole scenario illustrates that there are key opportunities that God gives us to turn back to Him. He is our Father, our Creator, and He loves us.
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