Ten Loaves of Bread

March 24, 2019: 1 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 12, 13; 1 Kings 15.

The theme for the Nursing Home Service was “Salt and Light.” We sang, “I Saw the Light,” “Send the Light,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

Bev always brings a gift for the residents: homemade cookies, candy, or a small token. Last month each resident received a red or pink balloon. This month she gave them each a mini flashlight.

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In the Bible, a man took a gift to the prophet when seeking his help.

A man from Baal Shalishah brought 20 loaves for bread from the first ripe grain. Elisha fed 100 men with it and had some left over, see 2 Kings 4:42-44.

Did Jeroboam send sweet rolls hoping for a sweet answer?

1 Kings 14:3, “Take along ten loaves of bread, some sweet rolls, and a jug of honey. Make a visit to him and he’ll tell you what’s going on with our boy.” The Message

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“False prophets usually adjusted their message to the desires of those who supported them (1 Kings 22:6, 8, 18; Jeremiah 28; Micah 3:5, 11). – New International Study Bible Notes on 1 Samuel 9:7.

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Jeroboam Made a Fort at Shechem

March 23, 2019: 1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10, 11; 1 Kings 13.

I spent the morning in research. When I read Jeroboam made a fort at Shechem and Penuel, I wondered why.

1 Kings 12:25, “Jeroboam made a fort at Shechem in the hills of Ephraim, and made that his headquarters. He also built a fort at Penuel.” The Message

What else happened at Shechem?

  1. Abraham built his first altar in the Promised Land, and received his first divine promise (Genesis 12:6, 7).
  2. Jacob bought a parcel, settled with his household, which he purged from idolatry by burying the teraphim under an oak tree, (Genesis 33:19).
  3. Joshua gathered all Israel “before God” and delivered to them his second parting address (Joshua 24:1-15).
  4. Shechem became a “city of refuge,” (Joshua 20:7).
  5. They buried Joseph’s bones there, (Joshua 24:32).
  6. Rehoboam was appointed king there, (1 Kings 12:1).


What about Penuel?

Jacob wrestled with God there, (Genesis 32:24-32). Jeroboam chose sites with Godly history. But his actions were ungodly.

  1. He made 2 golden calves, 1 Kings 12:28.
  2. He discouraged the people from worship at Jerusalem, 1 Kings 12:28.
  3. He built forbidden shrines, 1 Kings 12:31.
  4. He recruited priests from wherever, 1 Kings 12:31.
  5. He created a new holy festival, 1 Kings 12:32.
  6. He offered sacrifices before the golden calves, 1 Kings 12:32.
  7. He staffed Bethel with priests from local shrines, 1 Kings 12:32.
  8. He appointed himself as high priest and lead the worship at his altar, 1 Kings 12:33.
  9. He dismissed the Levites, 2 Chronicles 11:14.

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