September 22, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 14

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SAA Notes

Isn’t verse 33 of chapter 13 tragic? Jereboam and Rehoboam grew up within a believing society when the tide of faith was at its high point. In terms of Psalm 2, they refused to kiss the Son and so they were destroyed in going their own way. Ponder on the words of God’s severe mercy to Jereboam’s son in 14:12,13.

SJA Notes

“And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something pleasing to the LORD, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.”

There is a mystery in how God works. His calling and election, His decisions, His sovereign will and mighty power.

Here is a mystery, in a similar (but binary opposite) way to how Pharoah hardened his own heart just as God hardened the heart of Pharoah.

There was something pleasing to the Lord found in the child of Jeroboam!

Hallelujah for this!

Because it points us to us. We have something pleasing in us, buried gold in a field, a light in the darkness, true religion and worship.

Of no goodness in ourselves, we have the goodness, the righteousness, of God the Son – Jesus the messiah king.

Of no goodness in ourselves, we are able to choose obedience, the things that please God.

We can resist idolatry, flee from the sin of Jeroboam son of Nebat. A sin that is still as evil and potent as it was in the days of the Israelite kings.

And so how wonderful it is that our Lord, the almighty sovereign God, can find something pleasing in us.

God sees Himself in us – And we are able to choose to walk in His paths, and this is pleasing to Him!

Humility. Meekness. A contrite spirit. A trembling at God’s word. To do justice. To love mercy. To walk humbly with our Lord God.

* God Above,

Oh Lord, great God above, thank You for saving us!

Thank You for saving us to good works.

Please help us today to please You – For in our own strength we cannot do anything except fall away and displease You.

Lord we want to please You today! Please help us. Mark us as a faithful people.

Amen.

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