Jeroboam: The Father of Idolatry in Israel

Idolatry leads to ruin. In part 5 of 1 Kings: The Cost of Rejecting God, Pastor Dan Cox reads from 1 Kings 12 – 14.

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Study Notes

Jeroboam Rehoboam
North South
10 tribes 2 tribes
“Israel” “Judah”

Understanding the Text

  1. Israel revolts against the house of David (1 Kings 12:1-20)
  2. The LORD warns Rehoboam against trying to regain the kingdom (1 Kings 12:21-24)
  3. Jeroboam sets up idols in Israel (1 Kings 12:25-33)
  4. A prophet of the LORD denounces Jeroboam (1 Kings 13:1-34)
  5. Ahijah prophecies against Jeroboam (1 Kings 14:1-20)

Idols: Human-Centered Substitutes for Devotion to God

The Appeal of Idols

  • Power
  • Pleasure
  • Passion
  • Praise and Popularity

Applying the Text

  • Who will you serve: idols of the heart or the LORD?

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