1 & 2 Kings (Program #7) – The Divisions of the Kingdom of Israel
The Lord has committed much into the hands of His people. For example, in the Old Testament, Israel bore the responsibility of maintaining Jehovah’s testimony on the earth. One of the key factors that the Lord was very eager to maintain among His people was their oneness because their oneness reflects His oneness. “The Lord is one”, the Old Testament people would declare and it is true. So following the reign of Solomon, when the nation of Israel was split into two sections; a northern kingdom under the rule of Jeroboam, Solomon’s servant and a southern kingdom, under Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. This was a grave matter to Jehovah. So it should be also to us today. As we consider and study the history of God’s move among His people, the testimony of the oneness of God’s people continues to be a vital matter to Him and it’s a matter that is far too often taken for granted by His people.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #5) – Being Fundamental in the Full and Walking According to the All-Inclusive Spirit
The children of Israel were already in degradation when ten of the twelve tribes separated following the leadership of Jeroboam. This act of division was further compounded when they established an alternate place of worship, far from Jerusalem in the northern region of Dan. The result was two kingdoms under two kings, fully breaking the principle of oneness that the Lord has established for them in Deuteronomy 12 when He declared time after time that His choice was Jerusalem and all the children of Israel must come uniquely to Jerusalem to present their offerings and worship Jehovah. But two of the tribes under the kingship of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son remained faithful to God’s command and kept Jerusalem and the temple as their center. Thou this pleased Jehovah and preserved a measure of blessing upon them, still the Lord was strict and willing to discipline both the kings and the people whenever their hearts strayed from Him and the law of Moses that He had commanded them to keep.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #4) – Learning from the Examples of the Kings of Judah to Have a God-Man Living in Our Daily Life
Not long after the death of King Solomon, David’s son, the nation of Israel separated and became two kingdoms. Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king in Jerusalem and ruled on the throne. But another one Jeroboam departed from Jerusalem and led ten of the twelve tribes away establishing the northern kingdom called Israel with a different center of worship in Dan far in the north. In the book of Deuteronomy, Jehovah made it clear that He had chosen only one place on this entire earth to be the center for His worship. To break this God ordained principle is an abomination in the eyes of Jehovah. Listen to His word in Deuteronomy in 12 “but you shall seek the Lord at the place which the Lord your God shall choose from all your tribes to establish His name there for His dwelling and there you shall come. You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes. Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offering in every place you see, but in the place which the Lord chose.”
1 & 2 Kings (Program #14) – The Reign of Jehoahaz, Jehoash, and Jeroboam over Israel
In reading the Old Testament it’s easy to become lost at times in page after page of history because much of the Old Testament is devoted to telling this history, the history of God’s people Israel in both their triumphs and in their many failures. To study it in this way does have some values, but if that is the extend of our realization of the Old Testament, we will miss a lot. In fact, we will miss the Lord’s burden for us in that portion of Scriptures. For both the Lord Jesus Himself in His direct speaking concerning the Old Testament and the apostle Paul in example after example of how he applied the Old Testament made it clear that in reality the Old Testament is a book of types and symbols that if properly understood reveal Christ to us in marvelously clear pictures that can often convey more of the spiritual reality than even the direct and condensed passage of the New Testament. One of the great types of Christ in the books of history surely is the prophet Elisha, who typified Christ in his living, his ministry and as we will see today even in his death.