made Israel to sin

1 Kings 14:16

14:16 made Israel to sin. No less than eighteen times in the two books of Kings are we reminded that it was Jeroboam who not only sinned, but “made Israel to sin.” This is the first reference; the last is II Kings 17:21, where it is said that “Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin,” until finally, “was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria” (II Kings 17:23). This is a terrifying memorial to a man who once showed such great promise that God specially called him as Israel’s king (I Kings 11:28-31), reminding us even today of the deadly consequences of leading God’s people into compromise with paganism.

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