2 Chronicles 10 Outline
– The Israelites asked Rehoboam to lighten their burdens (2 Chronicles 10:1-5)
– Rehoboam asked the advices of the elders and the young men that grew up with him (2 Chronicles 10:6-11)
– Rehoboam replied the people with the advice of the young men (2 Chronicles 10:12-17)
– The Israelites stoned Adoniram to death (2 Chronicles 10:18-19)
2 Chronicles 10 Summary
After Rehoboam became king, the people and Jeroboam went to him and asked him to lighten their burden and they will continue to serve him. Rehoboam told them to come back in 3 days and he will give them an answer. Rehoboam asked for the advices of the elders and the young men who grew up with him. The elders advised Rehoboam to lighten the burden but the young men who grew up with him advised him to increase the burden and use a scorpion scourge to whip them.
Rehoboam listened to the advised of the young men. This happened as a result that God’s word can be fulfilled (1 Kings 11:9-13). When the people come, Rehoboam told them that he will increase their burden and use a scorpion scourge to whip them. When the people heard Rehoboam’s answer, they refused to serve him anymore and they returned home. When Rehoboam sent the person in charge of force labor, Adoniram, the Israelites stoned him to death. Rehoboam managed to get into a chariot and escaped.
2 Chronicles 10 Bible Study
1. Listen to the advice of the elders
Rehoboam was stubborn. Instead of listening to the advice of the elders, he listened to the advice of the young men. In Leviticus 19:32, God commanded us not to stand up before the gray head but honor the old man and fear God. In Ephesians 6:1-4, children should obey the advices of their parents. In 1 Timothy 5:1, it is wrong to rebuke an older man. Rather, we should encourage him as a father. In Exodus 20:12, honor your father and mother and God will let you live a long life in the land.
2. Disobedience brings judgment
In 1 Kings 11:9-13, because Solomon’s heart turned away from God, God decided to take away Israel from him and gave it to Jeroboam, son of Nebat. Solomon’s descendants will still rule over the house of Judah and Benjamin for the sake of the promise God made to David and for the sake of Jerusalem, God’s chosen city. Therefore, God made Rehoboam stubborn and listened to the advice of the young men. The Israelites were angry to hear that Rehoboam was reluctant to reduce their burden and they decided not to serve him anymore and returned home. In Exodus 20:5-6, God will bless the faithful for up to 1,000 generations and curse the unfaithful for up to the 3rd or 4th generation. If you love God, you must keep his commandments. God’s commandment is not burdensome (1 John 5:3-5). If you find it difficult to overcome your bad habits and keep God’s commandments, you can ask the Holy Spirit to help you (John 14:26; Jude 1:20; Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:26). All things are possible through Christ who strengthen us (Philippians 4:13).