#161 (3/4/18)

                                                                                        (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

                                                           (Note:  This is a continuation of #160 and #159, please read them first if necessary)

Please read 2Samuel 15:24-26.  David, fleeing Jerusalem ahead of Absalom, tells Zadok and Abiathar to return to Jerusalem with the Ark of God.  David, in verses 25 and 26, does not interfere with the Purposive Will of God.  He does not have a controversy with the unfolding events.  He is neither complaining nor blaming Absalom for his present situation.  His mind is focused on the LORD and what has been written in His roll for him that day.  He simply agrees to follow what the roll says and leaves any personal vindication to the LORD.  He has tranquil trust that if God wants him back in Jerusalem, it will be revealed in a subsequent roll.  

Please read 1Kings 11:28-31.  Jeroboam was apparently minding his own business when Ahijhah, the prophet of God, caught up with him and rent his garment into 12 pieces.  Shoving 10 pieces of the garment into the hands of Jeroboam, he explained that they represented 10 tribes of Israel that God had given him.  In other words, Ahijah had read the roll for Jeroboam that stated he would be given 10 tribes.  The message was clear and concise.  This is what has been written in the Plan (roll), and this is how it affects you (Jeroboam).  Now read 1Kings 12:25-29.  Verse 26 says that Jeroboam "said in his heart".  He began to consider what had happened and decided to add to the Plan (roll) given him by Ahijah the prophet.  He didn't want the people going back to Jerusalem and potentially becoming allied again with Rehoboam.  To keep this from happening, he made two calves and forced the people to sacrifice to them - - - idols.  Holding on to his kingdom was more important than leading his subjects into idolatry.  He added to the roll by introducing idolatry to Israel.  We have to be very careful not to add to the roll with our own headship.  Human headship always has a better plan that subjugates God to an irrelevant bystander.  Jeroboam made idols.  Human headship easily sweeps God out of the way and replaces Him with idols.  Instead of blessing, praising and complying with what had been written in the roll (as David did), instead of offering gratitude for 10 tribes, he subordinated God to his own headship and went into idolatry (along with the 10 tribes).  Either we are going to embrace the Name and the Plan or we are going to make an idol.  Notice where Jeroboam put his calves - - - one in Bethel and the other in Dan.  Bethel was a very special place in the days of Jacob.  Fleeing his home to get away from his murderous brother, Jacob accepted what was in the roll and surrendered to the Plan.  He stopped in Bethel and had a mighty experience with God.  While dreaming, he saw a ladder, a way to approach to the glory of heaven.  Angels were ascending and descending this ladder bringing and taking messages to God.  This was a hallowed place of prayer.  Jeroboam desecrated this holy place with his idolatry.  

We have a choice.  On the one hand, we can praise and bless the Name of the LORD throughout our day as our personal roll unfurls and gives us exactly what we have need of. Or, we can elevate our headship above that of the LORD's and go off into idolatry.  By following our own headship, we forfeit the righteousness that is in every situation, thus, we do not fabricate the white linen garment that will be revealed at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  The Wedding Garment is made from righteous works; righteous works come from blessing His Name and making it known in EVERY situation.  We must become outstanding blessers and praisers of His Name and Plan!