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Evil Rewards
Bible Passage 1 Kings 14: 1-18
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 1 Kings, Galatians.

Evil Rewards

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 13, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.

2 Then Jeroboam said to his wife, “Arise, please, and disguise yourself so that you will not be known to be the wife of Jeroboam. Now go to Shiloh. Behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, who told me about being king over this people.

3 And take ten loaves, and cakes, and a jar of honey with you, and go to him. And he will tell you what shall become of the boy.”

4 And Jeroboam’s wife did so and arose and went to Shiloh. And she came to the house of Ahijah. And Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were dim because of his age.

5 And the LORD said to Ahijah, “Behold, the wife of Jeroboam comes to ask a thing of you for her son, for he is sick. Thus and such you shall say to her, for when she comes in, she shall act as a stranger.”

6 Now it came to pass when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet as she came in at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam! Why are you acting as a stranger? For I am sent to you with bad news.

7 Go tell Jeroboam, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “I lifted you up from among the people, and made you ruler over My people Israel,

8 And tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you. And you have not been as My servant David who kept My commandments, and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only what was right in My eyes.

9 But you have done evil above all who were before you, for you have gone and made yourself other gods and molten images to provoke Me to anger, and have cast Me behind your back;

10 Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam everyone who pisses against the wall, bond and free in Israel, and will sweep away the rest of the house of Jeroboam as a man sweeps away the dung until it is all gone.

11 Those of Jeroboam who die in the city, the dogs shall eat. And those who die in the field, the fowls of the air shall eat, for the LORD has spoken it.” ‘

12 Now arise, go down to your own house. When your feet enter into the city, the boy shall die.

13 And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he only of Jeroboam shall come down to the grave because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.

14 And the LORD shall raise up a king over Israel for Himself, a king who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam in that day, beginning henceforth.

15 For the LORD shall strike Israel as the reed is shaken in the water, and He shall root up Israel out of this good land which He gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the River because they have made their Asherim, provoking the LORD to anger.

16 And He shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam who sinned, and because he made Israel to sin.”

17 And Jeroboam’s wife arose, and left, and came to Tirzah. When she came to the threshold of the door, the boy died.

18 And they buried him, and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by the hand of His servant Ahijah the prophet.

 

BACKGROUND
When Jeroboam’s son fell ill, he sent to the prophet Ahijah for help. Ahijah was the person who had first told Jeroboam that he would become king at the time Solomon lived. Ahijah had given him a good prophecy earlier (1 Kings 11:29-31), so he hoped for the same again.

Perhaps Jeroboam thought that Ahijah would be angry with him because of his sins. So he told his wife not to dress like a queen. They thought that the prophet would not recognise her. Perhaps she thought that this would make the prophecy a good one.

Perhaps they thought that the prophet could cure their son by some kind of magic. They did not realise that a real prophet’s power can only come from God. A prophet has no special power of his own. So the prophet depends completely on God’s word. Ahijah was blind, but God told him who was coming. We might pretend to be someone else.

Now Ahijah told Jeroboam that God would remove him and his descendants from Israel’s throne, because he had led the nation into idolatry.

Jeroboam’s son had pleased God. In other words, the son was obeying God. So God would cause the son to die in order to save him from an awful punishment. Everyone else in Jeroboam’s family would die because of sin. People would not even bury their dead bodies because God was so angry with them. But that son was different. People would bury him in honour because he had pleased God.

Jeroboam received immediate assurance that this prophecy would come true when his son died, as Ahijah had foretold.

Despite the son’s death, Jeroboam did not turn back to God. Instead, he fought wars and he continued to rule by his own strength. He continued to worship false gods. After he had ruled for 22 years, Jeroboam died. Two years afterwards, Baasha killed Jeroboam’s other son, called Nadab and all the rest of his family. The Bible says that we cannot lie to God. ‘You cannot cheat God. A farmer harvests the same crops as he sows. So a man who lives by his own desires will die, because of his desires. But a man who lives by the Spirit will always live, because of the Spirit.’ (See Galatians 6:7-8.)

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 There is nothing that can be hidden from God. God knows even all our thoughts

🔷 God uses different means, including death to take us out of troubles and danger

🔷 Those who would not heed to the signs of warning, but continue in evil shall be punished for their evil deeds.

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PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask God to forgive you all your sins
💥 Ask for a heart that will accept God’s instructions

CONCLUSION📙
Everyone receives the reward for what we do. No one will ever deceive God. God knows all our thoughts and plans and will reward each person as such. We must heed His daily warnings and turn to Him now.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections