*FYI -check back later, because I'm gonna backdate a post which has a good map showing Paul's missionary travels, which helps to get a better visual idea of the info and locations that were mentioned in yesterday's text discussion.
Monday, April 19th, 2010
"I shall without fail rip the kingdom away from off you, and I shall certainly give it to your servant."
(1 Kings 11:11)
When Solomon became unfaithful to Jehovah and turned to oppressing God's people, Jehovah sent the prophet Ahijah to anoint a deliverer. That deliverer was Jeroboam, a capable man who worked in Solomon's government. Although Jehovah remained loyal to the Kingdom covenant made with David, He approved a governmental division among the 12 tribes. Ten tribes would be given to Jeroboam; two would remain with the family line of David, now represented by King Rehoboam. (1 Kings 11:29-37; 12:16, 17, 21) Jehovah told Jeroboam: "It must occur that, if you obey all that I shall command you, . . . just as David my servant did, I will also prove to be with you, and I will build you a lasting house, . . . and I will give you Israel." (1 Kings 11:38) Jehovah acted in behalf of his people and provided a way of bringing them relief from oppression.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 1:6, 7)
It's interesting how many people have a mistaken notion that God's laws are oppressive and restrictive, when just the opposite is true. Whenever kings and political rulers stop applying God's requirements and start substituting their own, the people end up suffering in one way or another...either feeling oppressed by rulers that are overly restrictive & harsh (like Solomon and Rehoboam became), -or- they and their children end up suffering down the road, from the long-term consequences that result when rulers are too lenient and relaxed when it comes to upholding God's moral & judicial standards (which is what Jeroboam later made the huge mistake of doing, all for the sake of maintaining his political career).
The exact same thing is true today...which explains why this world is in such political turmoil, and governments have continually failed to bring about lasting peace and security, as mentioned in yesterday's special talk.