Jeroboam was not concerned at all about keeping Israel in the presence of God. In fact, it seemed as though he did everything he could to keep them out of God’s presence. His example will teach us what not to do if we want to stay in the presence of God.
For when the Lord tore Israel away from the kingdom of David, they chose Jeroboam son of Nebat as their king. But Jeroboam drew Israel away from following the Lord and made them commit a great sin. 2 Kings 17:21
Israel, at this point in history, was a divided kingdom. The southern part was called Judah, while the northern tribes kept the name of Israel.
The Bible records that many of Israel’s kings did evil in the sight of the Lord. Even Judah got involved in some of the same practices that Israel did.
But even the people of Judah refused to obey the commands of the Lord their God, for they followed the evil practices that Israel had introduced. 2 Kings 17:19
The Lord allowed Judah to remain in the land. But Israel, on the other hand, was taken into captivity.
Because the Lord God was very angry with Israel, he swept them away from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained in the land. 2 Kings 17:18
Banished from the Presence of God
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