TUESDAY May 24, 2022
Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, “How do you advise me to answer these people?” And they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.
1 Kings 12:6-8
Rehoboam became king of Israel after his father Solomon. He was unwise and rejected the sound advice from the elders. Instead, he became harsh and unyielding. The people revolted. Rehoboam’s actions split the twelve tribes of Israel. Judah had two southern tribes, and Israel had ten northern tribes.
Instead of going to Jerusalem to worship the Lord, Israel begin to worship the golden calves as they had previously worshiped in Egypt. They chose to worship the gods of the Canaanites––Baal and Ashtoreth. God gave the northern tribes of Israel 160 years to repent, but they remained in idolatry. In judgment, God allowed Assyria, a nation notorious for their cruelty, to invade. People would rather commit suicide than to be captured by them!
The Assyrians separated families, stripping them naked to humiliate them and, in some way, maim them––cut off a hand, ear or pluck out an eye. They placed a fishhook on their lips, which was attached to a chain and dragged them away into captivity. Some Assyrians stayed in Israel and intermarried with the people of Israel. This created another group of people––the Samaritans––who were hated by the Jews.
Satan is a cruel taskmaster. When the devil dominates a person’s life, he holds them captive through some sinful vice, whether drugs, alcohol or sexual adventures. His aim is to bring about the destruction of that person’s soul. The only way to be free from Satan’s grip is to repent and give your life over to Christ. He alone has the power to save you. He can break the chains of sin that bind you: When He [Christ] died, He died once to break the power of sin... (Romans 6:10 NLT). Christ set you free!
Christian liberty is freedom from sin not freedom to sin.
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