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Rehoboam - King of Judah



Rehoboam - son of Solomon

Name Means "The people (family) is extended."
Reference I Kings 11:42 - 14:31
II Chronicles 10-13
Reign 17 years (930 - 913 B.C.)
Theme Blind ambition can prove to be spiritually fatal.
Lesson When seeking advice, consult only those who know God's Word and live by it.
Key Verse "But he (Rehoboam) forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him."
(II Chronicles 10:8)
Memory Verse "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise."
(Proverbs 12:15)
Application As Christians, advice from those who are spiritually sound is nothing less than a gift from God. Let us not allow pride to cloud the wise counsel which we are fortunate enough to receive.
Spiritual Epitaph "And he (Rehoboam) did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD."
(II Chronicles 12:14)

Perhaps no other king in history had inherited as much as Rehoboam. His father Solomon had spent his 40-year reign over the entire nation of Israel by building extensively. Under Solomon's supervision, the magnificent Temple of the Lord was constructed, as well as the king's palace and numerous store cities and fortifications. Previous to Solomon's reign, Rehoboam's grandfather, King David, had established Israel as a military power among the world's nations, establishing peace on every side for his descendents to inherit.

Rehoboam, at 41, was no child when he became king. Upon his ascension to the throne, the people, lead by a servant of Solomon, named Jeroboam, made only one request of the new monarch. "Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee" (II Chronicles 10:4).

Given the opportunity to win the people to himself, Rehoboam sought the advice of his father's counselors who urged him to grant the people's wishes. However, whether because of trappings of power or the need to emerge from behind his ancestor's long shadows, Rehoboam rejected the sages' advice and sought counsel from the friends with whom he had grown up. The new king got the answer he was looking for "Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee ... For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions" (II Chronicles 10:10-11).

That was all Jeroboam and the Israelites needed to hear. Ten of the twelve tribes of Israel (Judah and Benjamin excluded) rebelled against the king of Judah and formed their own kingdom (with Jeroboam as their ruler) and remained in rebellion until Samaria was taken into captivity by Assyria.

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Kings of Judah
Rehoboam Abijah Asa Jehoshaphat
Jehoram Ahaziah Joash Amaziah
Uzziah Jotham Ahaz Hezekiah
Manasseh Amon Josiah Jehoahaz
Eliakim Jehoiachin Zedekiah Index

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