This has been something we have taken the last two weeks and invested heavily into understanding.
Let's take a second to go over exactly what we have learned the past couple of weeks.
Remember, God placed himself as king, champion, and judge over the people of Israel. But the people of Israel rejected him!
They asked Samuel for a king. They asked Samuel for a judge. They asked Samuel for a champion. Even though God had been fulfilling those purposes, they acted like he hadn't done anything for them!
He guided the nation where to go in their ventures. Promise land, foreign relations, etc
He fought their battles, told them when to go to war, where to go to war, how to go to war, when to back up and let the war pass, etc
He taught them how to behave morally, how to worship, and how to ask for forgiveness when they needed to.
Defeating disappointment doesn't necessarily mean being positive. It means moving yourself back to God.
Facing the man that created you. Bringing all of your decisions back to how God want's them to play out.
Ahab is the 11th king to rule Israel. He came in after his father Omri passed away and didn't really do a better job than him! He still followed in the ways of his father, led Israel even father away from the Lord.
There were a couple of different ways that he led them astray. Who remembers what happened?
Rohoboam Made King (1 Kings 11:41-43)
King Solomon dies and Rohoboam, his son, made king after Solomon
Jeroboam comes back and creates a predicament (1 Kings 12:1-5)
Jeroboam and family fled to Egypt because of Solomon
Comes back with his family and ask Rohoboam to have mercy on him and his family
Rohoboam refuses wisdom (1 Kings 12:6-15)
Rohoboam ask's his father's elder advisors how to handle situation
Rohoboam doesn't like their answer and asks his peers on how to address the request
They convince him to drive make life harder for Jeroboam
The Kingdom Divides (1 Kings 12:16-24)
The people leave the counsel
Rohoboam rules in the cities of Judah
Rohoboam tries to put the people of Israel to work
Adoram, the guy over labor, stoned
Rohoboam flees to Judah and summons his people to go to war with the people of Israel
Jeroboam made king over Israel a civil war errupts on the land.
So we see that this is how the King's of Israel divided the kingdom up into Judah and Israel. Moving on, we need to see how Jeroboam sinned in the eyes of the Lord.
Jeroboam fears God and king of Judah (1 Kings 12:25-27)
Jeroboam settles in Israel - he is in for the long haul
Kingdom will turn back to the Lord
In turn, will return to Rehoboam
Jeroboam makes Golden Calfs
"Behold your new Gods"
Tries to replace God with two golden calfs
Makes days of feast in honor of the false Gods
Gave offerings to these new Gods
Fast forward, Ahab followed in the sins of Jeroboam. He tries to keep the gaze of Israel and their people on himself and his Gods, rather than turning back to God.
Married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal - a foreigner who worshippes other Gods
Served Baal, another God of the region
Erected an altar of Baal in Israel
Then he made an Aherah, another God that Jezebel worshipped
Ahab brought the Isralites into the countries around them by marrying into another kingdom.
That was the exact opposite of the direction that God wanted. God consistantly told the Israelites to stay out of the lives of the foreigners. In fact, he called for them multiple times to drive them from the land! They weren't good influences in the lives of teh Israelites.
As Ahab as champion of Israel, he get's in bed with the foreigners - literally. I mean, he marries Jezebel.
God calls Israel to rely on him to provide the strength and perserverance for Israel to stand up against immoral actions, and instead, with Ahab as chamption, they embrace them!
He changes the vision of the Lord, rather than learning, listening, and correction their actions to line up with the vision of God.
God wants Israel to stand apart from the foreigners, and instead Ahab joins them!
The next three weeks we are going to apply these truths.
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Jesus is to provide the direction over our lives.
“And it shall come to pass in that day, declares the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and I will burst your bonds, and foreigners shall no more make a servant of him. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
Jesus is the Champion over our sin
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus applies the vision to our life through continual guidance in and out of situations we all go through.