2 Chronicles 10

2 Chronicles 10 has Rehoboam taking the throne after Solomon’s death.  “Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king”.  He follows in his fathers footsteps and brings the entire nation together to put him on the throne.  But “Jeroboam….had fled from King Solomon….returned from Egypt”.  He heard of Solomon’s death and wanted to come back with his people, so he came before Rehoboam and asked him to “lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke on us, and we will serve you”.

Solomon had all wisdom, but it obviously didn’t get passed on to his son.  When Jeroboam made his request, King Rehoboam sent him away telling him to come back in three days for an answer.  And then “King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive”.  He went to the wise and old men who had helped his father and asked for their guidance.  That was the smart thing to do.  But unfortunately, he didn’t listen to them.
He abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him”.  Rather than listen to the wisdom of years, he dismissed their counsel and asked some of his contemporaries for their advice, which was completely opposite of what the wise old men had told him.  Their counsel was to lighten the load and build a loyal group of laborers.  The young men said to abuse them and make them work harder.  So “the king answered them harshly…. the king did not listen to the people”.

It was a bad choice, because the people began to turn against him.  Now God had prophesied this some time ago, so it was no surprise to Him.  But “Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was taskmaster over the forced labor, and the people of Israel stoned him to death”.  The people weren’t just a little upset but enough so to kill the messenger and the guy sent to enforce the king’s edict.  It didn’t go as the king expected and the next thing we know he is fleeing to Jerusalem to save his own skin.  All because he didn’t listen to those who knew God’s will!

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