Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paid Attention. I AM talking to you. Presta Atencia. YO estoy hablando contigo

Contexts Geo-Social Context. Historical context I Kings describes the history of the kings of Israel and Judah in the eyes of God’s covenants. The author is referring to two themes Kingship and God’s covenant. The book writer also mentioned the importance of the prophets in their role of the official’s emissaries from God. God sent different prophets to aware and call back the king and the people to God’s covenant. They persistency broke God’s covenant and the consequence was become into exile, and being force by God to live under humiliation. I am here, paid attention.
Syntactical context. Some commentators have discussed the nature of the account as it appeared in the original source. The first king of the Northern Kingdom was Jeroboam (reigned 931 ca 910 B.C). As a result of his successful rebellion against Rehoboam (Son of Salomon). And the questions who calls the kingdom to be divided? 1. God did it, and 2. Rehoboam did it. The reigned of Jeroboam brought the consequences: 1. Israel follow Jeroboam’s sin of the feast, 2. Homemade religious, 3. New worship center Bethel (golden calves), 4. Appoitented   non-Levitical High Priest, 5. Influence from non-Israelites into their culture and customs.
The writer is mentioning a man of God אִ֣ישׁ אֱלֹהִ֗ים according to Hebrew this was from Elohying. This man of God was coming from the southern kingdom that was standing before the altar. Jeroboam was catch doing a cult that it was not good before God’s eyes. The prophet cried out וַיִּקְרָ֤א in Hebrew is “to call, to proclaim, to read”. I am suggesting that the prophet was telling is not good before God’s eyes.  Also is mentioned other person JOSIAH, and this man of God is prophesying another king. Probably Jeroboam’s reign and dynasty is over. He loses his sovereignty. God denounced to Jeroboam your religion is not acceptable before my eyes. Jeroboam attempts to stop the prophet, and God’s power was demonstrating to him ….ashes poured out visible demonstration of His power.
 Canonical context. God’s people his covenant was broke and He was awaking them. It is very important that It helps to demonstrate similarities between 1, 2 Kings and 1, 2 Chronicles. This portion was used by New Testament similarities to illuminates the book’s meaning. Also God is proclaiming judgment over Jeroboam see Am.7:10-17.  This feats is paralleled of the career of the sixth century B.C Persian ruler Cyrus (Isa. 44:28; 45:1,13)
Sermon. Paid attention, I am talking to you.
To understand the setting for my message we need to have the whole information regarding who is Jeroboam. What the story is about. How can you identify a prophet from God?. Which were the implications for Jeroboam for refusing to listen and obey God’s message? Also, Jeroboam was trying to buy a favor from the prophet when Jeroboam changes his plan of action
  1. Man can lead you to do sin. V.1
A.     Who was Jeroboam.
a.     He worked for King Salomon
b.    He had to leave the country. I Kings 11:40
c.     He lead the whole nation into sin. I Kings 12:26-33
  1. The man of God v.1
A.    We don’t know anything about this man. He was a prophet.
a.       How do we know or distinguish God has sent a prophet.
b.      He was coming from the southern Kingdom (Bethel city 15 miles from Jerusalem).
B.     The message from the man of God. V.21-22
a.     Destruction and death.
  1. The old prophet v.11
A.    He lies. V.18
a.     Produce consequences on the Man of God. He was killed by a lion. V.24
b.    The man of God disobeyed Him as well. V.21
c.     Never forget God’s words. V.21
  1. Jeroboam’s repentance. V.33-34
A.    Turn away from his evil way? V.33
B.    He consecrated and become one the priests of the high places? V.33 

  1. Conclusion.
We have many nominal Christian. Sometimes we are like the prophet and you allow sinner people to get influence into your life. When God is talking you better paid attention because The King is talking to yourself. Sometimes you walk into the counsel of the wicked. Jeroboam knew God and he forgot His commands. Also, the man of God knew God as well but he forgot God’s message. The instructions were given to him were very clear and specific. He saw God’s signs and wonders when He poured ashes. Mu recommendation before you do something test and find out this is from God or not. Hey! Do not forget God’s words. 

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