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"It Is Too Much....."

Ten centuries before Christ, ten of the twelve tribes of Israel revolted at the promised harsh measures of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son and successor. Jeroboam was the first king of this newly formed northern kingdom of Israel. He feared that the temple in Jerusalem would draw those in his kingdom back to the southern kingdom of Judah. To prevent this, he established a rival religion to “keep them at home,” complete with two golden calves, a new priesthood, and new feast days. He justified his unauthorized religion to the people thus: “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem” (1 Kin. 12:28). In so doing, he implied that God’s decree was too rigorous, that He did not mean what He had decreed, and that the doctrines and practices of men are as acceptable to God as those He had ordained. Many things have changed since these events of almost 3,000 years ago, but human beings still behave in many of the same ways and make the same mistakes, especially in religion. Consider some modern exam…

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