Thursday, June 24, 2010

Israel and Judah: A Divided Kingdom

Today's studies were about the kings of Israel and their reign, and the effects their decisions had on Israel's state. We researched Israel's kings over time, after the reign of King David. The studies were from 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles. We looked at kings from David to Ahab.
It seems that King David was a man after G-d's own heart. David had praise and a heart for G-d. King David's son and successor, Solomon, had wisdom and riches, but he served the L-rd half-heartedly. He brought the land of Israel into capitivity and actually caused the kingdom to become divided.
Israel was divided into 10 tribes; the northern kingdom and Judah and Benjamin were divided into the southern kingdom. This all took place because King Solomon turned to worshipping false gods and erecting monuments to Baal. He led the whole nation into Baal worship. This angered YHVH and caused the land to be divided.
The kings after Solomon were all wicked; from Rehoboam to Ahab. They all did what was pleasing in their own sight, and did not please the L-rd. Only one king, Asa, refused to practice idolatry, and even deposed his own grandmother from being Queen, because she worshipped the pagan goddess, Ashetar or Easter.

Today, G-d is gathering the tribes of Israel back to the land which He swore to give their fathers, and making them whole again. As He gathers the scattered tribes of Israel back to the land, the 12 tribes of Israel will be reunited. This is happening all in our time.
For more information, view the YouTube video "The 10 Lost Tribes of Israel" below.

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