11 October 2018 Verse of the Day

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, (Philippians 2:14-15 NASB) Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day. Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church: A Man of God Confronts Jeroboam 1Ki 13:1  By the word of the LORD a man of God came from Judah to Bethel, as Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make an offering.  1Ki 13:2  By the word of the LORD he cried out against the altar: “Altar, altar! This is what the LORD says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on you.'”  1Ki 13:3  That same day the man of God gave a sign: “This is the sign the LORD has declared: The altar will be split apart and the ashes on it will be poured out.”  1Ki 13:4  When King Jeroboam heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, he stretched out his hand from the altar and said, “Seize him!” But the hand he stretched out toward the man shriveled up, so that he could not pull it back.  1Ki 13:5  Also, the altar was split apart and its ashes poured out according to the sign given by the man of God by the word of the LORD.  1Ki 13:6  Then the king said to the man of God, “Intercede with the LORD your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored.” So the man of God interceded with the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before.  1Ki 13:7  The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me for a meal, and I will give you a gift.”  1Ki 13:8  But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here.  1Ki 13:9  For I was commanded by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.'”  1Ki 13:10  So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.  The Prophet’s Disobedience 1Ki 13:11  Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king.  1Ki 13:12  Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken.  1Ki 13:13  So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it  1Ki 13:14  and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” “I am,” he replied.  1Ki 13:15  So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.”  1Ki 13:16  The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place.  1Ki 13:17  I have been told by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.'”  1Ki 13:18  The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.'” (But he was lying to him.)  1Ki 13:19  So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.  1Ki 13:20  While they were sitting at the table, the word of the LORD came to the old prophet who had brought him back.  1Ki 13:21  He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the LORD says: ‘You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you.  1Ki 13:22  You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.'”  1Ki 13:23  When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him.  1Ki 13:24  As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it.  1Ki 13:25  Some people who passed by saw the body lying there, with the lion standing beside the body, and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived.  1Ki 13:26  When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who defied the word of the LORD. The LORD has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the LORD had warned him.”  1Ki 13:27  The prophet said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me,” and they did so.  1Ki 13:28  Then he went out and found the body lying on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. The lion had neither eaten the body nor mauled the donkey.  1Ki 13:29  So the prophet picked up the body of the man of God, laid it on the donkey, and brought it back to his own city to mourn for him and bury him.  1Ki 13:30  Then he laid the body in his own tomb, and they mourned over him and said, “Alas, my brother!”  1Ki 13:31  After burying him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave where the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.  1Ki 13:32  For the message he declared by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines on the high places in the towns of Samaria will certainly come true.”  1Ki 13:33  Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places.  1Ki 13:34  This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth.  Prophecy Against Jeroboam 1Ki 14:1  At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill,  1Ki 14:2  and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijah the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people.  1Ki 14:3  Take ten loaves of bread with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.”  1Ki 14:4  So Jeroboam’s wife did what he said and went to Ahijah’s house in Shiloh. Now Ahijah could not see; his sight was gone because of his age.  1Ki 14:5  But the LORD had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.”  1Ki 14:6  So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense? I have been sent to you with bad news.  1Ki 14:7  Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.  1Ki 14:8  I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes.  1Ki 14:9  You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.  1Ki 14:10  “‘Because of this, I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free. I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.  1Ki 14:11  Dogs will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country. The LORD has spoken!’  1Ki 14:12  “As for you, go back home. When you set foot in your city, the boy will die.  1Ki 14:13  All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only one belonging to Jeroboam who will be buried, because he is the only one in the house of Jeroboam in whom the LORD, the God of Israel, has found anything good.  1Ki 14:14  “The LORD will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the family of Jeroboam. Even now this is beginning to happen.  1Ki 14:15  And the LORD will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they aroused the LORD’s anger by making Asherah poles.  1Ki 14:16  And he will give Israel up because of the sins Jeroboam has committed and has caused Israel to commit.”  1Ki 14:17  Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and left and went to Tirzah. As soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house, the boy died.  1Ki 14:18  They buried him, and all Israel mourned for him, as the LORD had said through his servant the prophet Ahijah.  The Death of Jeroboam 1Ki 14:19  The other events of Jeroboam’s reign, his wars and how he ruled, are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel.  1Ki 14:20  He reigned for twenty-two years and then rested with his ancestors. And Nadab his son succeeded him as king.  Rehoboam Reigns in Judah 1Ki 14:21  Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel in which to put his Name. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.  1Ki 14:22  Judah did evil in the eyes of the LORD. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done.  1Ki 14:23  They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.  1Ki 14:24  There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.  1Ki 14:25  In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem.  1Ki 14:26  He carried off the treasures of the temple of the LORD and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.  1Ki 14:27  So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace.  1Ki 14:28  Whenever the king went to the LORD’s temple, the guards bore the shields, and afterward they returned them to the guardroom.  1Ki 14:29  As for the other events of Rehoboam’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?  1Ki 14:30  There was continual warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.  1Ki 14:31  And Rehoboam rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite. And Abijah his son succeeded him as king.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard