Text: 1 Kings 11-13

Tonight we’re going to look at a man who could’ve been a second David.

Jeroboam’s opportunity

  • Industrious man.  Solomon saw in him someone who was responsible and made the most with what they had.  Kind of like Nebuchadnezzar saw it in Daniel. When a leader finds someone like that, they
    • Character opens doors and a lack of character closes them.
  • God gives him an opportunity.  Jeroboam isn’t programmed to do evil by God as some Calvinists foolishly believe.  He has an open door set before him.

Jeroboam’s decision

  • This is why motive is so important.
  • Jeroboam listens to his fear in 1 Kings 12:27-28.
  • Jeroboam is not stupid.  He is not ignorant. He is not a doofus in power.  He’s industrious. That skill gets put to work by fear instead of faith.
  • Fear is the opposite of faith.

Jeroboam’s curse on his people

  • 2 Kings 17:19-24 are the dire consequences of Jeroboam’s decision based on fear, not faith.  
  • You talk about regret.  I think of Jeroboam as that rich man in hell who lifted up his eyes and begged someone to go tell his brothers not to come here.  Jeroboam would watch from hell as 250 years of generations of people would follow in his footsteps and be led right off into hell like him.
  • Jeroboam is what David would’ve been had David been motivated by fear like Jeroboam.  And David is what Jeroboam could’ve been had he been motivated by faith.

You have opportunity.  In Jesus Christ you have eternal opportunity which means eternal consequences.