Question #1. In America today, which branch of government would Hadoram oversee?

(  ) Department of Defense
(  ) Health, Education and Welfare.
(X) Internal Revenue Service.

Question #2. What type of rebellion was this that caused the king to flee for his life?

(  ) Communist.
(X) Taxpayers.



The silent h.


Notice that Josephus and Kings say Adoram while Chronicles says Hadoram.

Many English can not pronounce the 'h'. So they say, "At and coat" rather than "Hat and coat"

The name of the cartoon character Andy Cap is based upon the words 'handy cap'. The silent 'h' results in the name Andy Cap.

There are those who believe that the British are one of the lost tribes. Specifically Ephraim.

Lost Israel Found in the Anglo-Saxon Race (Published 115 years ago.)

Judges 12:1-6

1. And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.

2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.

3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.

5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;

6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

In Judah, Preparations For War

Book 8, Chapter 8, Section 3 Continued.

1 Kings 12:21-24

2 Chronicles 11:1-4

Upon this Rehoboam, Solomon's son, assembled a great congregation of those two tribes that submitted to him, and was ready to take a hundred and eighty thousand chosen men out of the army, to make an expedition against Jeroboam and his people, that he might force them by war to be his servants; but he was forbidden of God by the prophet (Shemaiah) to go to war; for that it was not just that brethren of the same country should fight one against another. He also said, that this defection of the multitude was according to the purpose of God. So he did not proceed in this expedition:-and now I will relate first the actions of Jeroboam, the king of Israel, after which we will relate what are therewith connected, the actions of Rehoboam, the king of the two tribes; by this means we shall preserve the good order of the history entire (21) And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
(22) But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
(23) Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
(24) Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned to depart, according to the word of the Lord.
(1) And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

(2) But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
(3) Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,

(4) Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the Lord, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

In Judah - Cities Are Built

2 Chronicles 11:5-12

(5) And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah.
(6) He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
(7) And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
(8) And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
(9) And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, (10) And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.
(11) And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.
(12) And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

Jeroboam is Make King in Israel

1 Kings 12:20

(20) And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

In Israel - Cities Are Built

1 Kings 12:25

(25) Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

In Israel King Jeroboam Establishes His Own Churches

1 Kings 12:26-33

Josephus: Book 8, Chapter 8, Section 4.

(26) And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
(27) If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
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(Recall God's promise in 1 Kings 11:38, If you will obey me then, "I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee. Did his counselors talk him out of trusting God. Was that counsel a clergyman? Stay tuned!)
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(28) Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them,
4. When therefore Jeroboam had built a palace in the city Shechem, he dwelt there. He also built him another at Penuel, a city so called; and now the Feast of Tabernacles was approaching in a little time, Jeroboam considered, if he should permit the multitude to go to worship God at Jerusalem, and there to celebrate the festival, they would probably repent of what they had done, and be enticed by the temple, and by the worship of God there performed, and would leave him, and return to their first king; and if so, he should run the risk of losing his own life. So he invented this contrivance: he make two golden heifers, and built two little temples for them, the one in the city Bethel, and the other in Dan, which last was at the fountains of the Lesser Jordan, and he put the heifers into both the little temples, in the aforementioned cities. And when he had called those ten tribes together, over whom he ruled, he make a speech to the people in these words.
It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. - - - - - ->>

 "I suppose my countrymen, that you know this, that every place hath God in it; nor is there any one determinate place in which he is, but he everywhere hears and sees those that worship him; on which account I do not think it right for you to go so long a journey to Jerusalem, which is an enemy's city, to worship him. It was a man that built the temple: I have also make two golden heifers, dedicated to the same God; and one of them I have consecrated in the city Bethel, and the other in Dan, to the end that those of you that dwell nearest those cities, may go to them, and worship God there: and I will ordain for you certain priests and Levites from among yourselves, that you may have no want of the tribe of Levi, or of the sons of Aaron; but let him that is desirous among you of being a priest, bring to God a bullock and a ram, which they say Aaron the first priest brought also.
(29) And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
(30) And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
(31) And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
(32) And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
(33) So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
When Jeroboam had said this, he deluded the people, and make them to revolt from the worship of their forefathers, and to transgress their laws. This was the beginning of miseries to the Hebrews, and the cause why they were overcome in war by foreigners, and so fell into captivity.





Question #3. Why did Jeroboam establish his own religion?

(  ) a. To keep his power over the people.
(  ) b. He did not trust God to "build him a sure house".
(  ) Both a and b.

Question #4. When running for office, why do you think Jimmy Carter claimed to be a "born again Christian"?


Question #5. In 1 Kings 12:28 we find a principle that is used by certain preachers to obtain large congregations. It is somewhat like the present day TV commercials singing "Take it easy on yourself!" and "You deserve a break today". What are the key words in 1 Kings 12:28 we are making reference to?

     It is ________________for you,

Question #6. Which comes first among the small number who follow the God of our fathers? (2 Chronicles 11:16)

(  ) The church's facilities and conveniences including the ministers
ability to give entertaining sermons or make you feel good.

(  ) The message content delivered from the pulpit.

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