The Wayward Prophet (1 Kings 13:11-34)

1 Kings 13:11-34 (ESV) The Prophet’s Disobedience 11 Now an old prophet lived in Bethel. And his sons came and told him all that the man of God had done that day in Bethel. They also told to their father the words that he had spoken to the king. 12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?”…

Jeroboam’s Leadership (1 Kings 12:25-13:10)

1 Kings 12:25-13:10 (ESV) Jeroboam’s Golden Calves 25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. And he went out from there and built Penuel. 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will turn back to the house of David. 27 If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the temple of the Lord at Jerusalem, then…

Rehoboam’s Foolish Choice (1 Kings 12:1-15)

1 Kings 12:1-15 (ESV) Rehoboam’s Folly 12 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. 2 And as soon as Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), then Jeroboam returned from Egypt. 3 And they sent and called him, and Jeroboam and all…

Ancient Wisdom for Today: Lust (Proverbs 5)

Proverbs 5 (ESV) Warning Against Adultery 5 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;     incline your ear to my understanding, 2 that you may keep discretion,     and your lips may guard knowledge. 3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,     and her speech is smoother than oil, 4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,     sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death;…

Ancient Wisdom for Today: Money (Proverbs 30:7-9)

Proverbs 30:7-9 (ESV) 7 Two things I ask of you;     deny them not to me before I die: 8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying;     give me neither poverty nor riches;     feed me with the food that is needful for me, 9 lest I be full and deny you     and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal     and profane…