Scripture: 1 Kings 11 – 13
In attempting to read 1 Kings online, the overwhelming search results provided scores from Kings XI cricket matches.
If our text for today from 1 Kings 11 – 13 were a cricket team, their name would be “Rebels.” Solomon is rebelling against God seeking other gods instead. Israel is rebelling against Rehoboam, the new King of the Southern Kingdom. Jeroboam, King of the Northern Kingdom, rebels by creating two golden calves. In chapter 13, a man of God rebels by defying the word of the Lord and is put to death.
As you can see, 1 Kings presents a feisty, rebellious crew far from the dignified manners of the British bat and ball game.
Through Lent, we’ve been thinking about “good trouble” but the stories here in 1 Kings are anything but good trouble. These are stories of defiance, idolatry, and the breaking of God’s covenant to love God and love neighbor. Might our daily prayer be to choose otherwise and rebel against the ways of the world out of love and service to God?
Author: Lisa Hickman
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].