The Divided Kingdom

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • I Kings 12 – II Kings 25; II Chronicles 10-36
  • The kingdom divides
    • Southern kingdom: Judah, Benjamin, Levites, and others
      • II Chronicles 11:1-4, 13, 16; 15:9
    • Northern kingdom: Israel (other 10 tribes)
    • Jeroboam was afraid of losing people to Judah when they went to Jerusalem to worship, so he set up places to worship in Israel with non-Levite priests.
    • Israel: 20 kings, all bad
    • Judah: 20 kings, three that were pretty good (Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, Josiah), and a few other that were good for part of their reign. All were descendants of David.
    • God sent dozens of prophets to both kingdoms. They were mostly ignored.
    • Israel was conquered in 722 B.C. by Assyrians.
    • Judah was conquered in 586 B.C. by Babylonians.
  • You must choose righteousness, regardless of your parents.
    • II Kings 125:25-33 – Jeroboam sets up his own places and idols to worship.
    • It is possible to break a cycle!
      • II Kings 16:3 – Ahaz – sacrificed a son to an idol!
      • II Kings 18:1-6 – Hezekiah – broke down idols and served God
      • II Kings 21:1-3 – Manasseh – did evil until the end of his life – rebuilt the idols! He was a bad influence on his son Amon, who ruled after him.
      • II Kings 21:19-21 – Amon – served the idols of Manasseh
      • II Kings 22:1-2 – Josiah – served God with all his heart
      • II Kings 23:32 – Jehoahaz – did evil before God, despite the good influence of his father Josiah
      • II Kings 23:37 – Jehoiakim – did evil before God
    • Ezekiel 18:14-17 – God judges us based on our actions – not our parents.
  • Listen to God’s word.
    • II Kings 17:7, 12-16, 22-23, 19 – Why Israel fell.
    • God tried many different strategies to reach His people.
    • When we ignore God’s word, we are making the same mistake.
      • Galatians 5:19-21 – sins to avoid
      • Galatians 5:22-24 – The good side!

By David Watson

Benchley, June 3, 2015

  • Divided kingdom and defeat (I Kings 12 – II Kings 25; II Chronicles 10-36)
    • I Kings 12:12
    • Roughly 20 kings each, most of them bad. Israel had only bad kings.
    • Israel conquered in 732 BC.
    • Judah conquered in 586 BC.
    • I Kings 12:26-33 – Jeroboam’s first act as king was to lead the people away from God.
    • II Chronicles 11:14-16 – Jeroboam’s error ran off all the good people. Israel was left with people who were not focused on serving God.
    • You choose your own path
      • II Kings 16:3 – Ahaz
      • II Chronicles 18:1 – Hezekiah
      • II Kings 21:1 – Manasseh
      • II Kings 21:29-31 – Amon
      • II Kings 22:1-2; 23:25 – Josiah
      • II Kings 23:32, 37 – Josiah’s sons
      • The faith of your parents can only take you so far. You have to develop your own faith!
    • God is faithful
      • Deuteronomy 28:58-63
      • II Kings 19:30
    • Hezekiah’s tunnel
      • II Kings 20:20
    • Samaritans
      • II Kings 17:6, 24

 

Beulah Land

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By Larry Bunch

Benchley, February 16, 2014

 

  • Isaiah 62:1-4
  • vernal – of or relating to spring
  • zephyr – the west wind; a gentle breeze
  • Isaiah 62:3 – In ancient times, a diadem was a fillet of silk about two inches wide tied around the head. Also translated “turban.”
  • Israel, the bride of God
    • Had become forsaken
    • II Chronicles 15:2
    • Jeremiah 3:20 – Israel’s infidelity; the rejection of Israel.
    • Deuteronomy 28:15
    • Isaiah 51:19-20
  • Zion – the city forsaken. The new name: Delight; Beulah.
  • Revelation 21:1-2
  • The church is the bride of Christ
    • II Thessalonians 2:1-12
    • II Corinthians 6:14-18 – Favorship with God is obtained by being faithful.
    • Philippians 2:12-14
    • Isaiah 42:10; 62:2
    • The Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, all kings thy glory” – Acts 11:26
  • The great blessing of it all
    • Isaiah 62:3
    • Revelation 15:6
    • I Peter 2:9
    • Ephesians 3:10
    • The beauty of Beulah Land is open to all who will obey Christ and be saved.
    • Romans 6:3-5
    • Romans 7:3-4
    • I Thessalonians 2:19