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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

15 October c. 930 B.C. 1 King 12.25-33. King Jeroboam 1 (930-909 B.C) sets up his false, invented and distracting worship at Bethel and Dan

15 October c. 930 B.C.  1 King 12.25-33.  King Jeroboam 1 (930-909 B.C) sets up his false, invented and distracting worship at Bethel and Dan to void and vitiate worship in Jerusalem.  He didn’t want northern Israelites heading south and, perhaps, retaining their Biblico-theological heritgage with the Covenanting-God.  As such, he joins the long list of those in the service of Anti-Christ. He may have coordinated his own false worship to the same time, or roughly the same time,  as the Feast of Tabernacles, the 15th of Sept-Oct (12.32-33).  It was a crafty move.  He mixed in some religious elements, e.g. sacrifice.  He copies the time. This he devised “in his own heart” (12.33).  He, as a king, not only trespassed his lines of authority, but he invented his own sacrificial system with shrines, two calves of gold, creation of a priestly class “from every class of people” with burned incense offerings. Jeroboam feared that Israelites might go up to Jerusalem and he intended to obstruct the ordained worship of Jehovah.  Jeroboam was wicked and acted freely according to his own corruptions.  This also signaled the judgment upon Israel for Solomon’s manifested and perpetual corruptions. 

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