Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rehoboam II Chronicles 10

II Chronicles 10:1 "And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king."

Rehoboam ends up being the king of Judah. He might have been king over all Israel except for the word of the LORD that the kingdom would be divided but not in Solomon's time. So out of Egypt an adversary hears of Solomon's death and comes to claim the throne of Israel.

v2 "And it came to pass when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heart it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

War almost broke out between the two but a prophet was sent to Rehoboam to tell him it was of God and to not go up to battle. He heeded the word and instead fortified Judah.

v13 "And the king answered them roughly and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, v14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying , My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto, my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."

In our day we would call that listening to our buddies instead of your elders. It got Rehoboam off on the wrong foot with Israel, so the time was ripe when Jeroboam came on the scene. Israel even renounced having any thing to do with the house of David.

v19 "And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day."

More on this story in the next chapter.

Psalm 35:19 "Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me; neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause."

Rehoboam king of Judah.

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