1 Kings 13–14: Double Trouble

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 108

In 1 Kings 13–14 we are told how both Jeroboam and Rehoboam led their people to sin. Interestingly, chapters 13–14 both contain accounts of experiences Jeroboam had that could have helped him recognize the power of God. Nevertheless, we read that Jeroboam “returned not from his evil way” (1 Kings 13:33).Chapter 13 of 1 Kings also contains a story of a prophet that can help us understand the importance of obedience.In 1 Kings 14 we learn that, like Jeroboam, Rehoboam also allowed idol worship in the land. Losing the protecting hand of the Lord because of his disobedience, Rehoboam was unable to keep the king of Egypt from capturing and taking away treasures from the temple in Jerusalem.