There are devastating effects in our family’s lives when we as parents don’t lead by the right example to our children. If we lived apart from God and did wickedness in His sight, this can be felt for generations to come. Even our children and their children may continue to do the same things, because of our wrong choices. This is called generational curses. However, all of this can be stopped by the hand of God. And today we will learn more about the devastating effects of walking apart from God as a parent. Our children’s lives will never be the same again, unless God’s intervention comes through in a big way, like what happened with Asa, the king, who was a descendent of Solomon. This is interesting since Solomon wrote, 4“train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Which means to teach our children to pray, read God’s Word, and obey His commandments. This is the path that Solomon started on, but didn’t end on since he got himself wrapped up in idolatry later on in life. And that leads us to this message, where his generations were affected in a very bad way.
In detail, we will look at what Solomon, then his Rehoboam, then his Abijam, and lastly Asa did as a result of their upbringing. Many people believe that Solomon did what was righteous in the sight of God, because of all the wisdom God gave him, however, he turned to idolatry in his later years. This is very sad and could have been avoided. And because of his influence upon his son Rehoboam, he was also big into idolatry like his dad. Even the son of Rehoboam, who was Abijam, acted in the same way as his father. And you would think that this pattern would continue, however, Asa, the son of Abijam was an exception to the rule. He lived his life for the Lord God and even removed the idols in the land of Judah. This may catch you off guard by my mention of what Asa did, especially because of his upbringing and influences from his grandparents also. However, as we read in 1 Kings 15, you will understand why this happened. Now, let’s start by looking at the end of Solomon’s life and see what he did, then Rehoboam, then Abijam, and lastly Asa. Each of their specific verses of study are below with their names.
Solomon, the son of David:
11 Kings 11:4-11 (KJV)
4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.
7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
9 And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded.
11 Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
Rehoboam, the son of Solomon:
21 Kings 14:21-24 (KJV)
21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.
23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.
24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.
Abijam, the son of Rehoboam:
31 Kings 15:1-5 (KJV)
1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah.
2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. and his mother’s name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father.
4 Nevertheless for David’s sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:
5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
Asa, the son of Abijam:
31 Kings 15:9-15 (KJV)
9 And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah.
10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father.
12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.
14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the Lord all his days.
15 And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which himself had dedicated, into the house of the Lord, silver, and gold, and vessels.
I pray that you will see a pattern in the generations that followed Solomon, by the verses that are mentioned above. The Bible and a short description of what these people did in those verses above speak for themselves. Because he got himself mixed up in sexual sin, his thoughts were no longer right in the sight of God. This is when his wisdom went down the tube and he began to desire more and more women, in order to be fulfilled sexually. Unfortunately, they did what any person addicted to pornography would do, which is lead them into destructive paths. His was idolatry. So his children’s lives were affected by his wrongdoing in a big way. Maybe if he hadn’t done what he did, then his sons may have served the Lord as king, instead of serving idols. They also made many groves, images, altars, high places for their gods, while sacrificing and burning incense to them. And in doing this they provoked God to anger. Since the beginning, God tried to warn Solomon of his wicked lifestyle, but as we read he did not want to listen. Even his sons didn’t as well and made the practice of idolatry the in thing to do in Judah.
Because David lived for God, Solomon’s father, God preserved his line and allowed his light to come back into such a dark place. This came through Asa, the king. Again, it was for David’s sake that God allowed this man to be born. God could have had the people remain in their sins, but Asa did come in order to be a light in the darkness. You see, Asa loved the Lord and didn’t want anyone to worship anyone or anything else. So he removed all the idols in the land that were made. Even his mother, did he remove as queen because she was into idolatry herself. Her idols were also destroyed, because of his love for God. Praise God. As for Asa and his life, he did that which was perfect in the eyes of the Lord. This was until his confrontation with Hanani in 2 Chronicles 16. My friends, God does things like this, in order for his light to come into the world through people that love Him. This allows people to know God once again while giving them an opportunity to repent and get right with Him. We may have gone astray from God now, but there is time for us now to return. So allow the light of the Lord to draw you back home if you are not fully His yet.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will be a light unto the world. That they will shine Your light wherever they go. I love Your ways and pray that the light that You have put in my soul will never go dim. I love to tell people about You, Jesus, while helping them understand that You came into this word in order to save us from our sins. May my children see the light in me that comes from You, and also believe. May these seeds of faith germinate in them, that they will also follow You, God. Since I do not know my days ahead and when I will die, I live each day for You. You are my greatest joy and the love of my life. It is my prayer that my children will also learn to love You as I do. I would be devastated to learn that they drifted off Your path of righteousness because of some bad example in my life. So come in and destroy anything that in me that goes against Your will. I do not want to do anything that causes the Holy Spirit to be grieved. Your ways are holy and I pray that I will live in Your holiness all my days . I know that I can only do this if You are with me, but not if I am doing it all by myself. I do not wish to stumble throughout this life, but to be strengthened daily in Your presence. Yes, Lord, build me up as I seek You daily in prayer, Bible study, worship, keeping Your commandments, and doing whatever You call me to do. I am here for You. I am ready now to go forth and lift You up high. You are my high tower and nothing will ever come again before You again. I love You, my Lord and King. I lift You up in praise and honor, this day and forever. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.