"And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father."
(1 Kings 11:6 KJV)
"And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee… And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there."
(1 Kings 11:31, 36 KJV)
God divided Israel into two nations, Judah with two tribes and the Northern Kingdom with ten tribes. Read 1 Kings 11: 4-36 where Our Awesome God through His prophet Ahijah the Shilonite, told Jeroboam that God would take Israel away from Solomon's son. Because Solomon, who was given wisdom by God and a rich, expanding kingdom, turned from following and worshipping God to worshipping foreign gods. God says He is a jealous God and wants His children loving Him.
God had warned Solomon to stay close to Him and not stray if he was to have a long, prosperous life with God helping keep his enemies away. So the consequences were the kingdom was divided into Judah (with Benjamin and Judah) and the Northern Kingdom (Israel) with the other ten tribes. Israel's king Jeroboam didn't want his subjects to be worshipping in Jerusalem (in Judah) so he set up idols to be their gods. With the Temple as an anchor, Judah had several righteous kings who tried to steer the people back to God but, over time, Judah too slipped slowly into idolatry and political corruption.
The first to be conquered was the Northern Kingdom about 722 BC. The conquering Assyrians took the entire population of each nation off of their native land and randomly distributed them onto other conquered lands, depriving them of their heritage. The people that were brought into the land of Israel were a random mixture of idolaters who had no use for the God of Israel.
King Ahaz in Judah, under attack by Israel, made no appeal to God but bought protection from the king of Assyria. After the fall of Israel, Ahaz' son, King Hezekiah was besieged by the Assyrian army. He appealed to God for deliverance and 185,000 soldiers of the Assyrian army died in their sleep over night. (2 Kings 18:17-19:36)
In 605 BC, Babylonian Crown Prince, Nebuchadnezzar, defeated the Egyptian/Assyrian alliance at Carchemish, dissolving the Assyrian empire and partially absorbing it into the Babylonian empire. In 597 BC, Nebuchadnezzar's Army besieged Jerusalem and King Jehoiachin surrendered.
Nebuchadnezzar took the best to train as managers and governors and took the skilled craftsmen and smiths to Babylon. Nine years later, Jerusalem rebelled and was destroyed by the Babylonians. God is Awesome! Slow to anger, dispensing justice to individuals as well as nations. He finally did exactly what His prophets had said and warned the people and kings that He would. He let their enemies destroy them as a nation. He is merciful and forgiving if you turn from your wicked ways but there will be consequences.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for the Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
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