TOPIC: What’s Written About You? (DCLM Daily Manna 11 May 2021)
TEXT: 1 Kings 14:21-31
21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.
23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.
24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:
26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house.
28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.
29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.
31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.
KEY VERSE: “Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?” – (1 Kings 14:29)
Our Lord Jesus Christ was wont to say in answer to questions from the people of His day: “It is written…” Or He would say: “What is written?” On one occasion, He asked: “How readest thou?” But the Lord did not always talk about what was written. There is a record that at a point He did not want to find out what was written; instead, He “stooped down, and wrote on the ground” (John 8:8). In His post-resurrection majesty, the Lord underscored the power of the written word when He told Apostle John to “write the things which thou hast seen” (Revelation 1:19).
Now, about 1000 years before the advent of Jesus Christ, God also commissioned some writers to chronicle the lives and times of the kings of both the southern and northern kingdoms of Israel after the breakup of the united nation. What was written about most of them was not elevating. The Bible writes of Judah in the era of Rehoboam, the king: “And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy…And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD had cast out…”
The chroniclers also note this terrifying event: Judah’s transgression led to its invasion by Egypt. The king of Egypt seized all the golden treasures of the house of God. All the wealth created by Solomon for Israel to be a leading nation on earth vanished in the twinkling of an eye under the watch of Rehoboam.
If these misdeeds of Judah and her kings did not escape the eyes of those who recorded their history, it is certain that our deeds here on earth cannot dodge the unfailing radar of heaven. It has a relentless second-by-second audio-visual taping of words uttered and unspoken, of actions taken secretly or openly, and of motives behind every move.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
What does your record look like before God?
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Corinthians 8-11
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.