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Summary: A look at the downward Spirial of David’s family

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Secret Sins

2 Chronicles 13

Introduction:

Civil War in Israel - Northern Kingdom has split off of the grandson of David -

Reheboam the son on Solomon - was young and foolish - 10 tribes in Northern Israel split

off and made Jereboam an advisor to Solomon King in the North - They fell into sin and

Idolatry - wicked and pagan practices became normal. They have set an ambush of Judah

- King Abijiah of Judah preaches hell fire and brimstone to Israel (we will look at that in

a moment) all the while they are circling around the back to ambush Judah.

Before the sin in Israel became public - before the Civil War that pitted Northern Israel

against Judah before this military ambush against Judah was ever planned. Seeds of

Satan’s ambush on God’s people began a generation before - First with David - Then with

Solomon now with Jereboam -

Read Abajiah’s warning - King of Judah - (serving God - wisdom)

Describe the dependence on God

I. David’s Secret Sin - Bathsheba - 2 Samuel 11:1-15

> 5 mistakes that ushered in the secret sins that David committed

A. Opened himself to temptation - verse 1

B. Engaged the temptation - verse 2

C. He pursued the temptation - verse 3

D. He gave into the temptation - verse 4

E. He sinned again to try to hide his secret sin - verse 15

> Satan’s ambush - David fell into the trap - hook, line and sinker

David went from being in the wrong place at the wrong time to an becoming an

adulterer to becoming a murder in a matter of Days

II. Solomon - not nearly as subtle as in David’s life

A. Opened himself to temptation - 1 Kings 9:11 Treaties with God’s enemies

1. Towns and wives in exchange for peace

B. Engaged the temptation - 1 Kings 11:1-2 Loved many foreign women

C. He pursued the temptation - 11:3-4

D. He gave into the temptation - 11:5-6

E. He sinned again to hide his secret sin 11:40

III. Jereboam - I Kings 12:26

A. Opened himself to Temptation - 1 Kings 12:26 - thought he’d lose the kingdom

1. God promised Jereboam - 1 Kings 11:37-39

B. Engaged the Temptation - Verse 28 - "seeking advise" who did he go to?

C. He pursued the temptation - Made 2 golden calves - verse 28

D. Here are your gods - lead others to sin - even more wicked than sinning alone

E. He sinned again to cover his "secret sin" - 1 Kings 13:33

Application:

What do these three stories mean to us

1) look at the progression

- David - heat of the moment - spontaneous - passion - (1 time)

- Solomon - gradual - compromise here & there led to excesses (300 + 700)

- Jereboam - Instantly seeking his own way

> Rebellion to the extent that the Ambushed becomes the Ambusher

> David - Ambushed by Satan - mistakes were subtle

> Solomon - Ambushed by the World - mistakes were more obvious - greed, power, $$$$

> Jereboam - Ambushed by the flesh - mistakes were deliberate - my way not God’s

In all of their lives sin was "Secret"

> Ambush - Hebrew word for ambush in 2 Chronicles 13:13 -

"The place where they lie in wait in secret or in darkness"

or better yet - "a fortress that is concealed"

Text that we read - describes a military ambush - roots of that ambush - what brought


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