1 Kings Chapter 12

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1 Kings 12

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

And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)

That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,

Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.

And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?

And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?

10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.

11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.

13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;

14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the Lord, that he might perform his saying, which the Lord spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.

17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,

24 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned to depart, according to the word of the Lord.

25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of theLord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

37 thoughts on “1 Kings Chapter 12

  1. Convenience Worship = Imitated and Sinful Worship

    26-27 But then Jeroboam thought, “It won’t be long before the kingdom is reunited under David. As soon as these people resume worship at The Temple of GOD in Jerusalem, they’ll start thinking of Rehoboam king of Judah as their ruler. They’ll then kill me and go back to King Rehoboam.”

    28-30 So the king came up with a plan: He made two golden calves. Then he announced, “It’s too much trouble for you to go to Jerusalem to worship. Look at these—the gods who brought you out of Egypt!” He put one calf in Bethel; the other he placed in Dan. This was blatant sin. Think of it—people traveling all the way to Dan to worship a calf!

    31-33 And that wasn’t the end of it. Jeroboam built forbidden shrines all over the place and recruited priests from wherever he could find them, regardless of whether they were fit for the job or not. To top it off, he created a holy New Year festival to be held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month to replace the one in Judah, complete with worship offered on the Altar at Bethel and sacrificing before the calves he had set up there. He staffed Bethel with priests from the local shrines he had made. This was strictly his own idea to compete with the feast in Judah; and he carried it off with flair, a festival exclusively for Israel, Jeroboam himself leading the worship at the Altar. MSG

    Has we journey through our Christian life we must not offer the Lord that which cost us nothing or settle for imitation worship. Worship with a fully engaged pure and clean heart. If we begin to worship only to our convenience we then become the leader in worshipping that golden calf called selfish pride.

    Romans 1:25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. NLT

    John 4:23-24 MSG
    But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.
    “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

  2. 8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

    9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?

    10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.

    11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

    There are so many young people today that still make this mistake. They go to Pastor for advice, then turn around and ask a friend what they think, in turn the friend goes against what the man of God says, and they are so ignorant they follow the advice of the friend. Open your eyes young people. We may be older but what ever you are going through we have been there, done that one, and will do everything to keep you from making the same mistake we did. I do not understand how young people today keep saying I want to learn from my own mistakes, the only wisdom in that is that you NEVER forget the lesson; but at what price? Single motherhood? Time serve in jail? Broken hearts? Lost of life? Eternal Damnation? If you can benefit from our wisdom & the lesson we have already learned, why not? That is what the bible is a book of instructions given by God of what to do, when to do it, and how to do it; read it, know it, follow it. It is ignorant to go through life hitting walls trying to find a door in the dark. A wise person once told me just look you will see a little light filter through the frame of the door, not just keep hitting walls, follow the light no matter how dim it may be.

    ******BE CAREFUL OF WHOM YOU ALLOW TO SPEAK INTO YOUR LIFE, AND IN THE SAME WAY BE CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU SPEAK INTO SOMEONES LIFE*********

    Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

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    So on the advice of his counselors, the king made two gold calves. He said to the people, “It is too much trouble for you to worship in Jerusalem. Look, Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of Egypt!”
    He placed these calf idols in Bethel and in Dan—at either end of his kingdom. But this became a great sin, for the people worshiped the idols, traveling as far north as Dan to worship the one there.
    Jeroboam also erected buildings at the pagan shrines and ordained priests from the common people—those who were not from the priestly tribe of Levi. And Jeroboam instituted a religious festival in Bethel, held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in imitation of the annual Festival of Shelters in Judah. There at Bethel he himself offered sacrifices to the calves he had made, and he appointed priests for the pagan shrines he had made. (1 Kings 12:28-32 NLT)

    This is the same spirit of division that divided the First Church of Pentecost. Constantine stood up and turned many pagan practices into Christian practices.

  4. Vs 24/
    Thus saith the Lord, ye shall not fight against your brethren the children of Isreal: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned to depart, according to the word of the Lord.

    We should never fight against another believer or go against anybody in a bad way. Keep holy and listen /read God’s word daily like what the sermon was preached on Sunday morn. And listen to the word ….they even had God’s word back then. (This scripture is for me to listen to thank you Lord ).
    I love God’s word it helps me know if I might of done something against His word or listened to His word.
    iread the bread of life
    ipray
    ilove to dance /worship the Lord.

  5. King Rehoboam talked it over with the elders who had advised his father when he was alive: “What’s your counsel? How do you suggest that I answer the people?” They said, “If you will be a servant to this people, be considerate of their needs and respond with compassion, work things out with them, they’ll end up doing anything for you.” (1 Kings 12:6, 7 MSG)

    Back then, and today, elders play an important role in our lives. Honor, and pray for our elders today. Their experience with God makes them living epistles.

  6. Rehaboam souht counsel, but he took the counsel of his friends instead of the older and wiser. Too often our friends are not really our friends and lead us astray. We need wise people in our lives that will not just tell us what we want to hear, but speak truth to us and guide us properly.

  7. PRIDE DIVIDES

    26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
    27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of theLord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

    Pride originates when people do not hear what they want to hear from an Elder or authority in their lives. 8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: Rehoboam initiated the spirit of pride when he rejected the counsel of his Elders and chose to do his own thing.

    ***Humility is required to reconcile; pride always has a point to prove.***

    Rehoboam divided and now Jeroboam divides: 26-27 But then Jeroboam thought, “It won’t be long before the kingdom is reunited under David. As soon as these people resume worship at The Temple of God in Jerusalem, they’ll start thinking of Rehoboam king of Judah as their ruler. They’ll then kill me and go back to King Rehoboam.”
    28-30 So the king came up with a plan: He made two golden calves. Then he announced, “It’s too much trouble for you to go to Jerusalem to worship. Look at these—the gods who brought you out of Egypt!” He put one calf in Bethel; the other he placed in Dan. This was blatant sin. Think of it—people traveling all the way to Dan to worship a calf!

    Jeroboam started this charismatic false doctrine church of idol worship so that his followers would not follow after the LORD and get in the presence of GOD to worship sincerely and honestly at Jerusalem; so he made worship easy and convenient.

    Worship has always required a sacrifice.

    Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

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  8. This chapter illustrates abandoned. Rehoboam forsook the ways of the Lord and did what was right in his own mind; therefore he sinned against the Lord and worshipped false gods. One must be careful not to give into one’s own self before seeking what saith the Lord. One is wise if they seek and heed the counsel of the man of God, else one also sin against the Lord and worship false gods. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  9. One decision compounded. Sometimes when presented with a difficult decision in our lives we reach out to our people that may know more than we do for advice. I know for me personally, my parents, grandparents, etc… would often offer advice that I did not want to hear. The answer was too difficult to accept or my pre-desired outcome would not be attained with their advice. So, we go looking for more suitable advice. There is always someone out there that will tell you what you want to hear.

    However, the “ear-ticklers” does not always have your best interest at heart with their advice and counsel. If we choose wrong on an important decision we come face-to-face with the consequences and are generally forced into making another decision to deal with the calamity. Often times, these forced “repair” decisions are hastily made and incorrect.

    Rehoboam compounded his mistakes from listening to the wrong people to creating golden idols which diluted the sacrifice of worship and appointing un-anointed priests. Could it have been pride that started this backslide? What is the leading decision in people backsliding today? I believe it all starts with a single bad decision that is then covered-up with more poor decision until the original goal/quest is lost and completely unrecognizable.

  10. We need to always ask for advice when needed from the man of God who has talked to God about our soul and doing the right thing that would keep us on track living for God,not someone who will just tell us what we want to here,because they don’t want to hurt our feelings.We must seek God so we don’t make the wrong decision,because it will affect us and everyone else that is around us.God I pray that I will always seek your guidance and have a humble spirit so I can here you when you speak to me.

  11. And they said to him, If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them and answer them with good words, they will be your servants forever. (1 Kings 12:7 AMP)

    Jesus said in Matthew 20:27
    And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

    I am challenged at work when I am asked to do, or behave a certain way that my managers do not do themselves. A good leader will live the example of what he is trying to get people to do.

    When we do this, not only are those we are leading blessed, but God blesses it too!

    I am thankful or Pastor and Sis. Watts, our Elders, and leadership in the church who are our examples.

    Be Church
    Be Who you want them to me

  12. With the entire house of Judah and a portion of Benjamin armed and ready, Rehoboam ‘the spoiled rich kid’ of Solomon, fully intends to go to battle against Israel thus ended his father’s reign of ‘peace’. Yet with one word from Shemaiah, he is willing to scrap all his plans. In this sense, at the least he demonstates some wisdom. Rehoboam is not alone in his esteem of prophetic words. Without the relation of written Scripture to guide them, the Israelites and their leaders only have the Lord’s prophets to reveal to them God’s Will. When such messages come, they are not to be taken lightly, for the words of the prophets are the words from the Lord Himself. Only the messages of those prophets who are not from God- whose past prophecies didnt come true or led the people away from God- can be safely ignored..consider Dt 13:1-3; 18:21,22.

  13. 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

    Once again, a king taking matters into his own hands. He decides to make golden calves. So many of us rely on this concept. We ask ourselves, ‘it feels right’, ‘its okay’, ‘i’m my own boss’, ‘I feel it in my heart’. We make INSTANT decisions, and we want INSTANT answers.

    Instead of praying, and asking God for guidance. Having patience and waiting for God’s answer and his due time, we would be blessed. As Bro Talent preached, ‘suffer the consequences of a bad decision’.

  14. In the beginning of this chapter, Rehoboam seeks counsel from the elders only to reject it and follow the bad advice from his friends. Wowie….does this sound familiar???? This not only brings back memories (not all good); but it reminds me to continually keep my children in prayer and anyone for that matter, who needs to make a decision that could change the course of their life.

    In the end of the chapter, Jeroboam after being inaugurated as king over all Israel, began to let his own thoughts get the best of him instead of remembering what Ahijah, the prophet of Shiloh, had told him by order of the God of Israel.

    1 Kings 11:37-39 in the MSG….”But I have taken you in hand. Rule to your heart’s content! You are to be the king of Israel. If you listen to what I tell you and live the way I show you and do what pleases me, following directions and obeying orders as my servant David did, I’ll stick with you no matter what. I’ll build you a kingdom as solid as the one I built for David. Israel will be yours!……….”

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    Denominations

    27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of theLord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

    Many people have asked me over the years why there are so many denominations in the world today.

    Denomination defined
    -Christian denomination is an identifiable religious body under a common name, structure, and doctrine within Christianity. In the Orthodox tradition, Churches are divided often along ethnic and linguistic lines, into separate churches and traditions. Technically, divisions between one group and another are defined by doctrine and church authority.

    What divides?
    PRIDE
    FEAR
    JELOUSY
    UNFORGIVENESS
    UNWISE COUNSEL

    These are some of the reasons there are so many denominations in the world today.

  16. 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

    8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

    The problem that Jeroboam had was that he did not want to serve. To many times when we are advised to be a servant, we go looking for other advise that doesn’t involve so much work.

  17. In this scripture, vs. 26 & 27, the kingdom return to the house….by what? Sacrifice…need anything else to be said. We all have to make sacrifices, for God, for familly, for Church, and the community. Want to see a move of God, suggest we all re-evaluate what we need to do to expand the kingdom.

    “Be Church”…iwork…isow…ipray..ireap…

  18. 32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

    Easter (bunny rabbits) vs. Resurrection Sunday & Passover

    Xmas (santa claus) vs. Christmas (the celebration of the birth of our Savior)

    Memorial Day vs. Pentecost

    and on, and on

    This is not a new, but an old trick of the enemy. Satan has always wanted to usurp God with a substitution for the holy things of God.

    Anti-Christ = substitute for Christ

  19. 8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

    Peer pressure can be detrimental to all who fall to it. Often we say we are seeking Godly council, when in reality all we are looking for is someone to side with us, and tell us what we want to hear..

  20. Both rehoboam and Jeroboam took counsel before making a decision. Even though the decisions they made were ungodly and wrong it still shows that seeking counsel is important. These men were both considered king, the highest position a man could have yet they understood the importance of counsel from others Though they still chose to do evil. It surprises me how many times we forsake counsel from others especially ones who have gone through what we are facing and our spiritual authority. So many times I see people, I have been guilty myself, seek counsel from the inexperienced or just decide something themselves. Wisdom frowns on this.

  21. Using Godly Counsel.

    6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
    7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
    8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

    As Rehoboam did not use the Godly counsel that was in his life, he paid for this mistake later. We must use what God has given us. God has placed men and women in our lives to help counsel us, but it will be up to us to use them. We also have a choice to make when we ask them to help us, for the fact that we can either listen to them or ignor them. I can say that I have not always listen to the counsel in my life and have paid for it, but I have also have listen to them and it has been a blessing to listen to them. God has placed many wonderful counselers in my life, and I thank God each day for them and the counsel that they all have given me.

  22. Seems alot of poor advice,and alot of people doing there own thing. This Chapter a little confusing. I thought Rehoboam was on the right track until he made the calves to worship. We are still the same so pray for Gods mercy.

  23. Rehoboam was not content to be counselled by older men-men his father’s age or even older. And that was his mistake-his lack of respect for the older wiser and more experienced men that served his father. We know that there is safety in a mutitude of cousellers, but Rehoboam was determined to make a greater name for himself than his father, and in a way he did, but it was making a bad name for himself-worse than his father’s.

  24. The Spirit behind your counsel

    Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.
    Proverbs 11:14

    In looking at this chapter Rehoboam sought counsel just as he probably was taught by his father and others. The problem with his counsel seeking was his lack of content with the advise of a wise man. The spirit behind his seeking portrays pride which was not content the first advise and sought the advise of others.

  25. 4. Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.

    Matthew 11:
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    Meekness always creates a lighter yoke than pride.

  26. 6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?

    7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

    8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

    9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?

    10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.

    It’s important to choose the right counsel. By Rehoboam forsaking the counsel of the elders and listening to his peers, things did not turn our the way he wanted it. God will give you a pastor who knows how to give you the correct counsel, but you must choose what you’re going to follow. Many times we choose the wrong path, just because it may seem easier our because everybody else is doing it. Our walk with God is not dependant upon what’s in style at that time, it’s all about obeying his word.

  27. 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

    8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which
    stood before him:

    These verses here show the fatal mistake that Reoboam made… He forsook the counsel of the old men; the elders in his life. Instead he decided to go to the young guys that he grew up with and seek their advice. This ended up being a horrible descision because eventually it caused Jeroboam to rebel and lead the people of God to worship idols.

  28. And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?

    7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

    8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

    Wow, what an eye opener this chapter is. Here is another illustration of a King not heeding the godly counsel of his elders, and doing his own thing. This is how many operate today. There are many elder pastors and minister who have given their life to grow a church, and the younger generation who are given the opportunity to take the ministry and continue to grow it, tear down everything that the elders worked for, or does not heed the teachings that the church was founded upon and begin to tear down the fences that have been in place, or build gods of their own, and turn the heart of the people away from the path of God.

    Lord help us to keep our focus on Jesus, and not on man and things of this world. Help us to heed the advice of those that speak into our lives, and walk in obedience, dying out to our desires, and living for You and Your desires.

  29. Pray about the church. Joseph

    Jesus bless Pastor Watts, and the church, and sister Watts, and the people. Olivia

    Jeroboam was being foolish by listening to the younger people instead of listening to the older wise people. He should not have said to make the people to work harder. Anthony

    The king was being very mean to the wise people. The king made the job really hard for them. The king should have listened when the people said come help us, come help us. Michael

    Several things stick out to me today:
    1. The golden calves. That is like the idols that the people built when Moses was on the mountain. God is a jealous God. It should not matter if the person in charge makes a fake Gid or not, you should judge for yourself and choose not to worship or sacrifice to something other than the one true God.

    2. The king sent away the people for 3 days. Many things on the scriptures have specific meaning. Three days reminds me of how long Jesus was in the grave. Jeroboam could have easily said come back next week, but he said three days. Jesus took three days to salidify his kingdom, Jeroboam took three days to loose his.

    3. Advice of the of the people who are not wise. Jeroboam had advice from the men who spoke with Solomon. If Solomon is so wise that people are coming to see him for his wisdom then obviously the people who are with him all the time have some sort of wisdom too. Life often endows people with wisdom as they grow older as well. Some times people just can’t go with the good sence that they have. While friends and people that you grow up with might be more fun to listen to, they usually don’t know much more than you. They especially dont know much more than you of you grow up together because they often have the same experiences as you. Listen to the elders around you. While dome of their stories/advice might be out of date due to our technology, they should not be tossed out with the trash. Our world is very much a right now society, but we need to slow down and gain wisdom from our elders.

  30. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. -Psalms 1:1

    This chapter is a great example of our need to listen to the counsel of the elders that God has placed in our lives.

  31. v24″ For this thing is from me”
    Trust the LORD always. Make sure there’s no idols in our hearts.
    Our GOD is JESUS and HIM shall we worship
    only.
    iPray
    iTrust
    iWorship

  32. I feel like much of the Proverb of the day can be applied in this chapter. A few things in particular I saw:

    The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. (Proverbs 18:15, 16 KJV)

    Rehoboam likely would have received honor of Israel had he first honored them. Instead of receiving knowledge, he sought for what pleased him. His lack of respect for the people (not seeing them as “great men”) was shown in his lack of blessing them (gift) which would have likely won their hearts (brought him before them.)

    A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. (Proverbs 18:19, 20 KJV)

    He offended Israel, and so they bitterly retaliated. He got what he spoke:

    10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.

    11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

    He magnified himself above his father and it seems that’s what he got: the yoke of chastisement and consequence that was measured lightly to Solomon seemed heavy upon Rehoboam.

    And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:3 KJV)

    Rehoboam sowed himself as a curse towards Israel and likewise reaped cursing.

    A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24 KJV)

    Even in places of advantage, we do not have license to take advantage of others. God may appoint positions of leadership, however, our abuse of it can turn away those following us and effectively annul our state of being a leader (you aren’t a leader if you lead no one.) If we aren’t a leader in our appointed position of leadership, then all we are left with is a position, with a lack of fruitfulness.

    To truly be a person of honor, we must give honor.

    To truly be great, we must be humble.

    To truly be first, we must be last.

    To truly be served, we must be a servant.

    iHonor
    iHumble
    iGive
    iServe
    iLead

  33. And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: (1 Kings 12:7, 8 KJV)

    Just because your friends are close to you and know you well doesn’t mean they always know what’s best for you. Every person should have elders in their lives that they can recieve wise counsel from and not foolishness. We need to honor our elders and our Pastor and Pastors wife with respect and accept their counsel.

  34. God was mad because Israel was worshipping other God’s.
    They were warned to stop worshipping other god’s.

    I see two men fighting over the same thing. They wanted power, they coudn’t see eye to eye. So distruction was basically what they started amongst Israel and Judah, people didn’t know who was greater than the other, they were controlled . Israel was tired of working so hard they wanted a resolution so they did everying they were told.

    Lord you are the all mighty, no one is greater than you. I worship you Lord.

  35. It’s crazy to think everyone turned away from the Lord all at one time. I would think there would be some that refused to serve another god. I refuse to serve any other than Jesus.

  36. 5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

    6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?

    7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

    Whatever happened to prayer?!

    Philippians 4:6

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