1 Kings 14* Abijah being sick, his mother consults Ahijah. (1-6) Thedestruction of Jeroboam's house. (7-20) Rehoboam's wicked reign.(21-31)1-6 "At that time," when Jeroboam did evil, his child sickened.When sickness comes into our families, we should inquire whetherthere may not be some particular sin harboured in our houses,which the affliction is sent to convince us of, and reclaim usfrom. It had been more pious if he had desired to know whereforeGod contended with him; had begged the prophet's prayers, andcast away his idols from him; but most people would rather betold their fortune, than their faults or their duty. He sent toAhijah, because he had told him he should be king. Those who bysin disqualify themselves for comfort, yet expect that theirministers, because they are good men, should speak peace andcomfort to them, greatly wrong themselves and their ministers.He sent his wife in disguise, that the prophet might only answerher question concerning her son. Thus some people would limittheir ministers to smooth things, and care not for having thewhole counsel of God declared to them, lest it should prophesyno good concerning them, but evil. But she shall know, at thefirst word, what she has to trust to. Tidings of a portion withhypocrites will be heavy tidings. God will judge men accordingto what they are, not by what they seem to be. 7-20 Whether we keep an account of God's mercies to us or not,he does; and he will set them in order before us, if we areungrateful, to our greater confusion. Ahijah foretells thespeedy death of the child then sick, in mercy to him. He only inthe house of Jeroboam had affection for the true worship of God,and disliked the worship of the calves. To show the power andsovereignty of his grace, God saves some out of the worstfamilies, in whom there is some good thing towards the Lord Godof Israel. The righteous are removed from the evil to come inthis world, to the good to come in a better world. It is often abad sign for a family, when the best in it are buried out of it.Yet their death never can be a loss to themselves. It was apresent affliction to the family and kingdom, by which bothought to have been instructed. God also tells the judgmentswhich should come upon the people of Israel, for conforming tothe worship Jeroboam established. After they left the house ofDavid, the government never continued long in one family, butone undermined and destroyed another. Families and kingdoms areruined by sin. If great men do wickedly, they draw many others,both into the guilt and punishment. The condemnation of thosewill be severest, who must answer, not only for their own sins,but for sins others have been drawn into, and kept in, by them. 21-31 Here is no good said of Rehoboam, and much said to thedisadvantage of his subjects. The abounding of the worst crimes,of the worst of the heathen, in Jerusalem, the city the Lord hadchosen for his temple and his worship, shows that nothing canmend the hearts of fallen men but the sanctifying grace of theHoly Spirit. On this alone may we depend; for this let us dailypray, in behalf of ourselves and all around us. The splendour oftheir temple, the pomp of their priesthood, and all theadvantages with which their religion was attended, could notprevail to keep them close to it; nothing less than the pouringout the Spirit will keep God's Israel in their allegiance tohim. Sin exposes, makes poor, and weakens any people. Shishak,king of Egypt, came and took away the treasures. Sin makes thegold become dim, changes the most fine gold, and turns it intobrass.
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