Today’s passage is 1 Kings 11:26-43. Let’s go!
1 Kings 11:26 (NIV)
26 Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was one of Solomon’s officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah.
On verses 26-30: Here we read of Solomon’s greatest human adversary, Jeroboam. Jeroboam came from a tough background. His mother Zeredah was a widow, probably meaning that Jeroboam’s father Nebat was not around for significant parts of Jeroboam’s life (v26). Nonetheless, Jeroboam was a leader, becoming one of Solomon’s officials (v26). He was a man of standing, meaning he may have been rich or had a good reputation among his peers (v28). He excelled in his work, so much so that Solomon promoted him to be in charge of the entire labor force of the tribe of Joseph (v28).