July 13- 1 Corinthians 1.18-31, 1 Kings 14 and Joel 2.1-11

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Christ 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 Scriptures,
"I will destroy the wisdom of all who claim to be wise.
I will confuse those who think they know so much."
20What 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.
Instead, 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.
26My 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.
28What 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.

4She got ready and left for Ahijah's house in Shiloh.
Ahijah 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 to her."
Jeroboam's 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.

14The LORD 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.

17Jeroboam's 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.

Jeroboam Dies

19Everything 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.

King Rehoboam of Judah
(2 Chronicles 11.5--12.16)

21Rehoboam 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 Ammon.
22The 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.
25After 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.
27Rehoboam 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.
29Everything 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 coming soon.
2It 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.
3Fiery flames surround them; no one escapes.
Before they invaded, the land was like Eden;
now only a desert remains.

4They look like horses and charge like cavalry.
5They roar over mountains like noisy chariots,
or a mighty army ready for battle.
They are a forest fire that feasts on straw.
6The very sight of them is frightening.
7They climb over walls like warriors;
they march in columns and never turn aside.
8They charge straight ahead, without pushing each other;
even arrows and spears cannot make them retreat.
9They swarm over city walls and enter our homes;
they crawl in through windows, just like thieves.

10They make the earth tremble and the heavens shake;
the sun and moon turn dark, and stars stop shining.
11The LORD God leads this army of countless troops,
and they obey his commands.
The day of his judgment is so terrible
that no one can stand it.

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