Jereboam’s desire to control the worship of his kingdom led to syncretism and open idolatry. Jereboam was given the northern tribes to rule by God. God warned Jereboam about where idolatry would lead. (1 Kings 11:33) The incident with the prophet God sent to Bethel brought no lasting repentance in Jereboam.
“So the king took counsel and made two calves of gold.”
Here is the sin of Jeroboam, son of Nebat.
He led the people to idolatry, false gods, corrupting holy and true worship with that of man-made idols, rejecting the eternal sovereign Almighty God.
It is quite easy to see Jeroboam’s sin. Often it is much hard to see our own.
Today’s passage is a good encouragement to make sure our lives, any area of our lives, is free from idols. Bits and pieces of our hidden corners and sections that we might consciously shy away from spiritually.
Notice that Jeroboam “took counsel”.
For us, Psalm 1 is the pattern,
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;”
Rehoboam and Jeroboam both listened and acted on bad counsel.
May we steer clear of bad company, and instead embrace God’s wisdom, His word, meeting with His people (the fellowship of believers).
Let us not be like Jeroboam.
* Dear Lord God,
Please help us to take counsel from You and Your word, which You have given to us.
Please help us to seek our wise brothers and sisters in Christ to help us wrestle with Your word’s application in our lives.
Please help our own counsel to be filled with Your wisdom.
Please keep us from idols, may we be vigilant against any forms that are not You.