King Jeroboam's Life and Reign (2)

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King Jeroboam's Life and Reign (2)


Jeroboam did not only revive the idolatrous worship of the golden calf. He also built shrines in high places for his calf worship and even went to the extent of instituting festivals and offering sacrifices to the calves. An epitaph that best described Jeroboam is this: He made Israel to sin. What are high places? High places is a term used to describe the elevated places during early times dedicated as places to worship God or lifeless man-made gods or goddesses made of perishable gold, silver, bronze, brass, or other worldly substances. In Canaan (an old name for Palestine), these "high places" were the scenes of sex orgies and human sacrifices to worship the lifeless idols representing the peoples gods and goddesses. In Biblical times, the religious and lifestyle of the Canaanites were sinful and immoral. * * * It is no wonder then that God commanded the destruction of the Canaanites. Their abominable practice of IDOLATRY was displeasing to God. The extermination of the Canaanites was to keep Israel from IDOLATRY and the shameful practices connected with it. * * * The curse on Jeroboam was sounded by the prophet Ahijah as follows: I raised you up from among the people and made you a leader over my people Israel. 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. You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have provoked me to anger and thrust me behind your back. 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. Dogs will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country. The Lord has spoken! (1 Kings 14:7) * * * Gods way during Biblical times are still Gods ways today including His indignation, His disgust, and His punishment on wicked kings, rulers, and leaders. In Proverbs 15:9, we find the following: The Lord detests the ways of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. (New Living Translation) What more if the wicked man is the king or ruler? * * * Many books and commentaries have been written about psychological factors that influenced kings, rulers, and leaders to be wicked. …

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