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I Kings 12

Chapter 12


v. 28:  Why would Jeroboam, of all people, quote these words in order to justify his actions?  The words are so exact, and the reference so appropriate, that they must refer to Aaron and the golden calf.  Surely everyone must have known that the story was a record of one of Israel’s greatest transgressions.  Perhaps the writer paraphrased Jeroboam’s words in such a way as to suggest the comparison with Aaron (and thus record the true import of Jeroboam’s deeds).  Or maybe God had Jeroboam unwittingly say these words so that the reference would be clear to any who had ears to hear.


v. 30:  The statement “as far as Dan” seems to make the degree of apostasy analogous with Dan’s physical distance from Jerusalem.  In other words, Bethel is bad enough, not being Jerusalem, but they even went “as far as Dan.”


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