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?
- Abraham built his first altar in the Promised Land, and received his first divine promise (Genesis 12:6, 7).
- Jacob bought a parcel, settled with his household, which he purged from idolatry by burying the teraphim under an oak tree, (Genesis 33:19).
- Joshua gathered all Israel “before God” and delivered to them his second parting address (Joshua 24:1-15).
- Shechem became a “city of refuge,” (Joshua 20:7).
- They buried Joseph’s bones there, (Joshua 24:32).
- 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.
- He made 2 golden calves, 1 Kings 12:28.
- He discouraged the people from worship at Jerusalem, 1 Kings 12:28.
- He built forbidden shrines, 1 Kings 12:31.
- He recruited priests from wherever, 1 Kings 12:31.
- He created a new holy festival, 1 Kings 12:32.
- He offered sacrifices before the golden calves, 1 Kings 12:32.
- He staffed Bethel with priests from local shrines, 1 Kings 12:32.
- He appointed himself as high priest and lead the worship at his altar, 1 Kings 12:33.
- He dismissed the Levites, 2 Chronicles 11:14.
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