1 Kings 14

1 Kings 14 has a couple sad testimonies of leadership.  Jeroboam is leading the majority of the tribes and his son is now sick.  He sends his wife to ask Abhijah the prophet what will happen to the boy.  He has her dress and pretend to be someone else so the prophet and the people along her route won’t know who she is.  Ahijab was blind, but God prepared him and let him know she was coming and what he was to say.  The message was direct and difficult.  “Because I exalted you from among the people and made you leader over my people Israel and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you”.

God is just getting warmed up here.  He reminds Jeroboam that he put him in charge of most of His kingdom “and yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, doing only that which was right in my eyes”.  Jeroboam has lived an evil life and led his people poorly.  And now God is going to make a change.  “You have done evil above all who were before you and have gone and made for yourself other gods and metal images, provoking me to anger, and have cast me behind your back, therefore behold, I will bring harm upon the house of Jeroboam and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will burn up the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone”.  Jeroboam is going to be replaced.

Abhijah the prophet sends Jeroboam’s wife back with these words.  “The Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam today….the Lord will strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water, and root up Israel out of this good land….because they have made their Asherim, provoking the Lord to anger….he will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he sinned and made Israel to sin”.  Evil leadership has a direct impact on the people.  Because of Jeroboam’s sin, all will suffer.

Meanwhile, down in Judah, things aren’t much better.  Solomon’s son Rehoboam has been leading there the past 17 years and his people have also done what was evil in the sight of the Lord.  So God has to deal harshly with Judah too.  “Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem….He took away everything”.  Leadership matters.  Both kingdoms of God’s people were led by men who didn’t walk with God.  They allowed the temptations of this world pull them into evil, and God removes them both from their thrones.  As that happened, the people suffered great loss.  It is so important to have strong spiritual leadership in every area of life.

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