There is a strange juxtaposition in this passage between David and Jeroboam. Whereas David pleaded before the Lord for the safety of his son, just as Jeroboam sent his wife to do, David did so openly. He recognized and accepted God’s right and righteousness to take his son away. Instead of this heart, Jeroboam tried to deceive God’s favor from him. It is interesting to note that in David’s case, God took the child because he was a direct product of sin and it was detrimental for the people of he was allowed and celebrated into the royal line. Yet Jeroboam’s child was the only good thing about his family in God’s eyes. It is possible that God might have spared him had Jeroboam been honest. Yet, the judgment was to be swift. Not only did not pursue the heart of David but he drove the people into double the state of wickedness that they had left in Egypt. He allowed God to be called two golden calves. This could not stand. God forgives but he is not gentle to those who openly mock him. We should never try to deceive God. It is better to be humble and face God’s wrath than risk mocking him.
1 KINGS 14:7-11
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