Revolt During King Rehoboam’s Reign
Rehoboam reigned as king in Judah after the death of Solomon. At the time when Rehoboam reigned, there was a revolt within the country. After the death of King Solomon, the people chose Jeroboam, son of Nebat, to represent them and go to King Rehoboam to ask to lighten the burden of their labor. This is because King Solomon had put heavy labor for the Israelites. When Jeroboam go to speak with Rehoboam, Rehoboam told him and the Israelites to come back after 3 days for an answer.
King Rehoboam was young so he was inexperienced. The elders who worked for King Solomon advised him to lighten the burden of the Israeltes and the Israelites will stay loyal to him. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders and went to ask the young men who grew up with him. The young men advised King Rehoboam to put a heavier yoke on the Israelites and whip them with scorpions.
King Rehoboam listened to the advice of the young men and gave Jeroboam a harsh answer. This made the Israelites angry and they put down their labor to return home to Israel. However, the Israelites that lived in Judah were still under the control of King Rehoboam.
When King Rehoboam learned about this, he sent Adoniram who was in charge of the force labor but he was stoned to death. King Rehoboam managed to escape on his chariots. King Rehoboam gathered 180,000 soldiers to go to war with the Israelites in order to regain his kingdom. But God sent the prophet Shemaiah to tell Rehoboam that this is his doing so he and the soldiers retreated.
What Can We Learn from King Rehoboam?
King Rehoboam was not a wise king. Instead of listening to the advise of the elders, he listened to the advice of the young me. He listened to the advise he like to hear and caused much fighting among the people of his country. As a result, his kingdom was reduced to only the kingdom of Judah whereas Jeroboam reigned over the kingdom of Israel. Rehoboam also didn’t bother to ask God to guide him in making the decision. In whatever things you do, you should talk about it with God and let the Holy Spirit guide you so that you will make the right decision.
God was the one that made Judah and the northern kingdom of Israel split because Solomon was disobedient to his commandments. If you want God’s blessings, you must always be obedient and walk in his commandments.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.(James 1:5 KJV)
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. (Proverbs 12:15 KJV)
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:13 KJV)
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? (1 Kings 3:9 KJV)
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6 KJV)
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 KJV)
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:6 KJV)
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. (Proverbs 8:17 KJV)
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and
setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: (Daniel 2:21 KJV)
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (Matthew 7:7 KJV)