Is God's Power and Wisdom
1 Corinthians 118The
message about the cross doesn't make any sense to lost
people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is
God's power at work. 19As God says in the
"I will destroy the wisdom of all who claim to be
will confuse those who think they know so much."
happened to those wise people? What happened to those
experts in the Scriptures? What happened to the ones who
think they have all the answers? Didn't God show that the
wisdom of this world is foolish? 21God was
wise and decided not to let the people of this world use
their wisdom to learn about him.
God chose to save only those who believe the foolish
message we preach. 22Jews ask for miracles,
and Greeks want something that sounds wise. 23But
we preach that Christ was nailed to a cross. Most Jews
have problems with this, and most Gentiles think it is
foolish. 24Our message is God's power and
wisdom for the Jews and the Greeks that he has chosen. 25Even
when God is foolish, he is wiser than everyone else, and
even when God is weak, he is stronger than everyone else.
dear friends, remember what you were when God chose you.
The people of this world didn't think that many of you
were wise. Only a few of you were in places of power, and
not many of you came from important families. 27But
God chose the foolish things of this world to put the
wise to shame. He chose the weak things of this world to
put the powerful to shame.
the world thinks is worthless, useless, and nothing at
all is what God has used to destroy what the world
considers important. 29God did all this to
keep anyone from bragging to him. 30You are
God's children. He sent Christ Jesus to save us and to
make us wise, acceptable, and holy. 31So if
you want to brag, do what the Scriptures say and brag
about the Lord.
Jeroboam's Son Dies
1 Kings 14About
the same time, Abijah son of Jeroboam got sick. 2-3Jeroboam
told his wife:
Disguise yourself so no one will know
you're my wife, then go to Shiloh, where the prophet
Ahijah lives. Take him ten loaves of bread, some
small cakes, and honey, and ask him what will happen
to our son. He can tell you, because he's the one who
told me I would become king.
got ready and left for Ahijah's house in Shiloh.
was now old and blind, 5but the LORD told him, "Jeroboam's wife is
coming to ask about her son. I will tell you what to say
wife came to Ahijah's house, pretending to be someone
else. 6But when Ahijah heard her walking up to
the door, he said:
Come in! I know you're Jeroboam's
wife--why are you pretending to be someone else? I
have some bad news for you. 7Give your
husband this message from the LORD
God of Israel: "Jeroboam, you know that I, the LORD, chose you over anyone else to be
the leader of my people Israel. 8I even
took David's kingdom away from his family and gave it
to you. But you are not like my servant David. He
always obeyed me and did what was right.
9"You have made me
very angry by rejecting me and making idols out of
gold. Jeroboam, you have done more evil things than
any king before you.
10"Because of this,
I will destroy your family by killing every man and
boy in it, whether slave or free. I will wipe out
your family, just as fire burns up trash. 11Dogs
will eat the bodies of your relatives who die in
town, and vultures will eat the bodies of those who
die in the country. I, the LORD,
have spoken and will not change my mind!"
12That's the LORD's message to your husband. As for
you, go back home, and right after you get there,
your son will die. 13Everyone in Israel
will mourn at his funeral. But he will be the last
one from Jeroboam's family to receive a proper
burial, because he's the only one the LORD
God of Israel is pleased with.
will soon choose a new king of Israel, who will
destroy Jeroboam's family. And I mean very soon. 15The
people of Israel have made the LORD
angry by setting up sacred poles for worshiping the
goddess Asherah. So the LORD
will punish them until they shake like grass in a
stream. He will take them out of the land he gave to
their ancestors, then scatter them as far away as the
Euphrates River. 16Jeroboam sinned and
caused the Israelites to sin. Now the LORD
will desert Israel.
wife left and went back home to the town of Tirzah. As
soon as she set foot in her house, her son died. 18Everyone
in Israel came and mourned at his funeral, just as the LORD's servant Ahijah had said.
else Jeroboam did while he was king, including the
battles he won, is written in The History of the Kings
of Israel. 20He was king of Israel for
twenty-two years, then he died, and his son Nadab became
King Rehoboam of Judah
(2 Chronicles 11.5--12.16)
son of Solomon was forty-one years old when he became
king of Judah, and he ruled seventeen years from
Jerusalem, the city where the LORD
had chosen to be worshiped. His mother Naamah was from
people of Judah disobeyed the LORD
and made him even angrier than their ancestors had. 23They
also built their own local shrines and stone images of
foreign gods, and they set up sacred poles for worshiping
the goddess Asherah on every hill and in the shade of
large trees. 24Even worse, they allowed
prostitutes at the shrines, and followed the disgusting
customs of the foreign nations that the LORD
had forced out of Canaan.
Rehoboam had been king for four years, King Shishak of
Egypt attacked Jerusalem. 26He took everything
of value from the temple and the palace, including
Solomon's gold shields.
had bronze shields made to replace the gold ones, and he
ordered the guards at the city gates to keep them safe. 28Whenever
Rehoboam went to the LORD's temple,
the guards carried the shields. But they always took them
back to the guardroom as soon as he was finished.
else Rehoboam did while he was king is written in The
History of the Kings of Judah. 30He and
Jeroboam were constantly at war. 31Rehoboam's
mother Naamah was from Ammon, but when Rehoboam died, he
was buried beside his ancestors in Jerusalem. His son
Abijam then became king.
Locusts and an Enemy Army
Joel 2 Sound
the trumpet on Zion, the LORD's
sacred hill. Warn everyone to tremble!
The judgment day of the LORD is
will be dark and gloomy with storm clouds overhead.
Troops will cover the mountains like thunderclouds.
No army this powerful has ever been gathered before
or will ever be again.
flames surround them; no one escapes.
Before they invaded, the land was like Eden;
now only a desert remains.
look like horses and charge like cavalry.
roar over mountains like noisy chariots,
or a mighty army ready for battle.
They are a forest fire that feasts on straw.
very sight of them is frightening.
climb over walls like warriors;
they march in columns and never turn aside.
charge straight ahead, without pushing each other;
even arrows and spears cannot make them retreat.
swarm over city walls and enter our homes;
they crawl in through windows, just like thieves.
make the earth tremble and the heavens shake;
the sun and moon turn dark, and stars stop shining.
LORD God leads this army of
and they obey his commands.
The day of his judgment is so terrible
that no one can stand it.