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Choice and Consequence (2 Chronicles 10:12~19)
12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days."
13 The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders,
14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.
16 When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: "What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse's son? To your tents, O Israel! Look after your own house, O David!" So all the Israelites went home.
17 But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.
18 King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.
19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
A Display of Folly (10:12–14)
After consulting his advisors over a period of three days, Rehoboam gives the people his answer. He chooses to listen to the counsel of his young peers rather than that of the older men who had served as advisors to his father, King Solomon. Instead of agreeing to lessen the burdens that had been placed on the people during Solomon’s reign, Rehoboam tells them that he will increase their burdens. He responds harshly to the people rather than listen to their appeal. In doing so, he displays folly. Wisdom is not only about asking for advice; it is also about whose advice we choose to follow. May we always choose to follow the counsel that will be most honoring to God.
- Where do you turn to for advice? Whose counsel do you tend to follow? Ask God to draw you toward those who challenge you with their wisdom and point you toward His ways.
Corporate Consequences (10:15–19)
Rehoboam’s folly has far-reaching consequences. The northern tribes rebel against the kingly line and declare independence from the south. Only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin are left to Rehoboam. He is forced to flee from Shechem, a city located in the north, and protect himself from the anger of the people by taking refuge in Jerusalem. The division of the kingdom fulfills God’s prior word to the prophet Ahijah concerning judgment that would come upon the Davidic dynasty. God had revealed that He would tear the kingdom away from this family line due to King Solomon’s idolatry. Solomon’s sin and the folly of his son, Rehoboam, ultimately impact the entire nation. Personal sin and folly affect not only the individual but also those around them.
- When have you seen one person’s sin affecting other people? Considering the reality of corporate consequences, ask God to help you identify and resist any sin in your life.
A letter to God
Father God, thank you for showing me the gravity of sin and folly and the consequences that they can bring. Help me to grow in wisdom and my love for holiness and increase my desire to obey You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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