• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 17, 2021

Daily Reading: I Kings 12-14

I Kings 14:19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Lest we forget, these devotions are to assist the reader of the Bible in our churchwide Read to Read program. Meaning that every member has been challenged to move from I will read the Bible to I have read the Bible. One of the greatest hindrances to reading the Bible is understanding the Bible. The sole purpose of the Bible Edge series of devotions (these devotions) are to help the reader understand what is going on as they read. Beginning at I Kings 12, things can get confusing. Today's devotion is to give some basic information that must be remembered throughout the balance of the Old Testament.

The phrase "the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel" can be confusing. This book is not the book of I or II Chronicles as given in the canon of Scripture. It references the official state record/s of Israel.

For example, In II Kings 14:15 it is stated: “Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?” However, Jehoash is not mentioned in either I or II Chronicles. Therefore, the rest of his acts must be recorded elsewhere. Probably in the civil records of Israel, not in the Bible books of I or II Chronicles.

The phrase is used 34 times in our Bible, this being the first. The book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel is similar to our Congressional Record as found in the Library of Congress. As a side note, and inconsequential is it may be, my name is recorded in this congressional record. Upon earning the rank of Eagle in the old BSA my congressional representative read my name into this record on the floor of the House of Representatives. Anyway, the penmen of the Lord God who gave us the Historical books may have gleaned important information from the civil records, but those civil records themselves were not and are not considered Scripture.

Additionally, a historical overview of Israel's divided kingdom may help the reader of the Bible keep things straight. Therefore notice the chart below.

Southern Kingdom Northern Kingdom

First King Rehoboam Jeroboam

Name of kingdom Judah Israel

Capital Jerusalem Samaria

Number of tribes 2- Judah and Benjamin 10

Last King Zedekiah Hoshea

Hope this information helps you keep things straight.

Until tomorrow, read for Christ today.

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