2 Chronicles Chapter 10

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2 Chronicles 10

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

2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,

4 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.

5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

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

11 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.

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

13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,

14 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.

15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.

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

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

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

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41 thoughts on “2 Chronicles Chapter 10

  1. 8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers. (NLT)

    DANGER. If we could only insert flashing lights and “danger ahead” signs into people’s lives… Always seek and follow the advice of elders, who are much wiser you.

  2. Verse 8 CEV says “But Rehoboam refused their advice and went to the younger men who had grown up with him and were now his officials.” Same verse AMP “But the king rejected the advice which the elders gave him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him [as advisers].” You have a choice when it comes to who and what you will listen to. Proverbs 19:20 AMP says ” Listen to counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, That you may be wise in the time to come.”

  3. 6 Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who stood in the presence of Solomon his father when he was alive saying, “How do you counsel that I should give a response to this people?”

    7 They said to him, “If you are good to this people and please them and speak well to them, then they will be servants to you all your days.”

    8 But he abandoned the counsel of the elders that they gave to him. And he consulted the young men who grew up and stood before him. 9 Rehoboam said to them, “What do you counsel that we give as a response to this people who have spoken to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father placed on us’?”

    He abandoned the counsel of the elders. It seems here that Rehoboam allowed the young men to influence him in his descion making when if he had brought the young men and the elders together he could have saved his kingdom instead of losing it. I believe he allowed the power that was given to him to “go to his head”. The elders were wise, the young wanted to show their authority using no wisdom at all in their descion making.

    Beware of ungodly counsel and aware the elders are in place because they have experience. It does not mean the young men’s ideas could not have been considered but there was no wisdom in what they were saying. Don’t go after what seems to be the advice of the world, the old saying they are just old fashioned might be in reality they have wisdom in this matter and we better consider what the elders are saying.
    Don’t abandoned the council of the elders, you might find yourself in a predicament that you wish you were not in.

  4. 16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.

    Be careful about how you treat the people around you. The people of Israel rebelled against the King because of the harsh way he responded to their request. If we also treat people in a harsh way, then we are not showing people Jesus, we are not loving them. And if we don’t love people, anything else we do for Jesus is worthless. So remember to love people and treat them kindly, not loving people will end up making your life harder than it is.

  5. 2 Chronicles 10:8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

    Be careful what kind of inner circle you choose! King Rehoboam had the benefit of his father’s inner circle, men who gave him wise counsel. But the foolish young king rejected their advice and instead looked for advice that agreed with his own opinion. Horrible move! He should have gone with a core team who possessed the qualities of a solid inner circle:
    1.Experience
    2.Heart for God
    3.Objectivity
    4.Love for people
    5.Complementary gifts
    6.Loyalty to the leader

    CHOOSE THE RIGHT CIRCLE and GROW

  6. 2 Chronicles 10:15, “So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spoke by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.”

    For the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word.
    1 Kings 11:29-31
    29) And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:
    30) And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:
    31) And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces; for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee.

    The events in today’s chapter are the cause of Israel being divided. (10 Northern Tribes and 2 Southern Tribes.), yet it was all a part of God’s plan.

  7. THIS IS HOW WE LOSE A NATION

    18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
    19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

    The words from his fathers mouth are the words that destroyed the house of his grandfather.

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

    Rehoboam began on the correct path to wisdom. Our first step should be to our Elders. I have heard it stated, “don’t move a fence until you know why it is there”. The answer the Elders gave Rehoboam was given by the Elders seemed like a winner.

    MSG
    7 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.”

    To have counsel where the followers would do anything for you, sounds like a done deal, closed door, decision made, but not Rehoboam.

    MSG
    8-9 But he rejected the counsel of the elders and asked the young men he’d grown up with who were now currying his favor, “What do you think? What should I say to these people who are saying, ‘Give us a break from your father’s harsh ways—lighten up on us’?”
    10-11 The young turks he’d grown up with said, “These people who complain, ‘Your father was too hard on us; lighten up’—well, tell them this: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. If you think life under my father was hard, you haven’t seen the half of it. My father thrashed you with whips; I’ll beat you bloody with chains!’”

    Elders ALWAYS give wiser counsel than Peers. Rehoboams desire to fit in with the crowd overrode his desire to lead. A Leaders decision will most often never please everyone.

    NOTICE…

    The Elders response would bring UNITY to the Nation.

    The Peers response woould create intimidation of the Leader.

    Leaders we are called to be Peacemakers not Burdenbuilders.

    Leaders will often be presented with opportunity to disappoint our peers to please GOD.

    Lead with Mercy and Mercy will follow.

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  8. Proverbs 15:
    18. A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
    22. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
    32. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

  9. 8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

    Here my thing instead of listening to the older guy he listened to the younger guy our older guy has more wisdom then the younger guy because they life that life. That it is very important to listening to our elders

  10. iLove to Grow in the Word
    7The older counselors replied, “If you are good to these people and do your best to please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.”

    As leaders at The Pentecostals of Fort Worth, it is always beneficial to be humble to the people we serve. People who are under us in spiritual authority do not like smart aleck responses and high minded answers. We can save that nonsense for the enemy. If we treat those we serve with kindness, they will want to offer the kingdom of God their services.

  11. 2 Chronicles 10:6 Then king Rehoboth consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. How would you advise me to answer these people? He asked. They replied if you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer they always be your servants. But Rehoboth rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them. What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me lighten the yoke your father put on us? The young men who had grown up with him replied. The people have said to you, Your father put a heavy yoke on us but make our yoke lighter. Now tell them, My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke I will make it even heavier. My father scoured you with whips I will scourge you with scorpions.

  12. 15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

    God allowed the king to reject the advice of the Elders and we find in this verse it was “for the cause was of God.”

    Many times we think we have done something wrong because something has happened to us, or we are being punished because this happened or that happened but that is not always the case. Sometimes those things happen to us because it is for the cause of God. God is wanting to work something in our lives, shape us better in His image, move us closer to being more like Him.

    In every situation we must seek God to see how He is using the current situation to work in us. It could make the process go a lot smoother if we would seek instead of complain about it.

  13. 8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers. (NLT)
    It’s always dangerous to disregard the counsel of those older and wiser than you. We are supposed to listen and take heed to our elder because they have been through things that can help us.

  14. 6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

    7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

    8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

    Do not be a fool and listen closely to the voice of experience. Your elders do not want you to repeat the mistakes of the past. Some believe that young bring change and it is true but what is the use to bring change that will finish in the same way of making mistakes that could of been avoided by combining the work of the strong youth with the wisdom of the elders. Great thing happen IN UNITY, WORKING TOGETHER FOR THESAME GOAL IN HIS KINGDOM!!!!’

  15. Listen to bb the elders.

    8But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

    Listen to the older generation. They are wiser and have great experiences. Thank you Jesus for the elders in my life.

  16. 6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

    Ask for advice from those older than you. They have the most experience in life and can know more than you think.

  17. 15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

    Sometimes things do not work out like we think they should or we believe it turned out wrong but remember everything in the end will work out as the will of God!

  18. 8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

    It’s not wise of us to not listen to our elders they offer counsel they already went down the path that we took and they can help lead us in the right direction.

  19. “The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers who want a lighter burden: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist!”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  20. 10-1
    Solomon is dead. but the Solomon style continues the break up of the united Kingdom by his son Rehobam goes to Shechem to be crowned by the tribes.

  21. 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

    8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

    9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

  22. v8 But he rejected the counsel which the elders had given him, and consulted the young me who had grown up with him , who stood before him

    When one manifests an attitude of worldliness, true wisdom that is above is far from him.
    We see that James condemned this wisdom with the strongest possible language, describing it as ” earthy, sensual, devilish.”

    Seek godly wisdom, and not earthy wisdom.

  23. 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.(2 Chronicles 10:4 KJV)

    Solomon is being asked for mercy here. His father, David, had large expectations for this people and they are starting to become worn down by it. They want to serve Solomon but they have a request to lighten their load. They vow to serve him faithfully. Serving can weigh a servant down sometimes lightening the load is a good thing to establish a closers devotion.

  24. 14 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.

    Solomon ignored the counsel and requested an even harsher yoke. God says that my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matt 11:30). Serving should not feel like slavery but come from the love of a willing heart.

  25. 14 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.

    Several years ago I learned that just because you have the biggest stick doesn’t mean you have to use it. Mom said you catch more flies with honey than you will vinigar.

    The same is true with our walk today. If we are going to reach the reigion of Fort Worth, we must be understanding and sincere when we are reaching for them. People don’t care what we know until they see we care for them.

  26. “And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.” The word of God (Judge) declares why. One that continually puts one’s own agenda ahead of others and hearkens not unto compassionate counsel, is unwise. Dear God, help us too see and be mindful of the needs of others. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  27. “And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.” They had given wise counsel, which could benefit all. It has been repeatedly proven that kindness will always prevail over cruelty. God help us treat others like you did, in Jesus name.

  28. Communism and Democracy

    The communist opinion of leadership is to force and trod on the people. With this idea no one gets an opinion and all become robots. This is what will happen if one of the candidates in our election win. At least with the other we will have a chance. Vote wisely!

  29. The wisdom of age versus the vigor of youth.

    While I would not be considered a young man, I can see the point of the young mens advice. As a new leader of Israel, Rehoboam could not appear weak and wavering from the legacy of his father. It also could be the young men were smart-aleck know-it-alls.

    I would hope they had better intentions than to be destructive to Rehoboam. For these reasons we must be very prayerful over advice we solicit. The offerings of those we reach out need to pass across an alter. I predict if Rehoboam had prayed over the better answer the outcome would have been different.

  30. This chapter shows the importance of listening to those that have experience. They have went through things that would allow them to help you make it through tough situations. This is the real way to be wise.

  31. 19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

    One leaders seed of rebellion caused a great harvest of rebellion. When taking inventory of the harvest we must first look within ourselves because we will reproduce what we are.

  32. 8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

    It funny how many time that I have found thinking of the advise my father had given me after I had forsaken it. I see my self smile because if I had just listened everything would have worked out for the better.
    Do we listen to the voice of friends that comfort us or will we listen to the voice of experience that will keep us in safety.

  33. 2 Chronicles 10:16 (KJV Strong’s)
    16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying,
    What portion have we in David?
    and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse:
    every man to your tents, O Israel:
    and now, David, see to thine own house.
    So all Israel went to their tents.

    The young men said be hard on the then while the elders said just tell them what they want to hear. Both of these are wrong. When seeking how to lead Rehoboam should have followed the example of his father King Solomon and asked the Lord.

  34. Bad council. It costed him the kingdom. 10 tribes would part ways. The only authority leaders have is the authority the people give them. It is kinda ironic. Rehoboam learned this when the people failed to recognize him as their leader.

  35. Instead of listening to those who have wisdom he focused on those who were of equal mind. I think it is important to note that we can’t get by with thinking and being guided by sources that do not teach or challenge our minds to think and grow. This is a mistake many people, even those in leadership positions, whom fall short to be guided by “elders”.

  36. It is hard for people to. Follow sound advice when they don’t like the answer they get. When they don’t like the answer they begin asking many people and the answer changes. Then we can pick the answer we like the best. This is not always wisdom. We need to be sure the things we do are wise.

  37. 6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

    7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

    Every young person should learn from this example. The elders in our life have wisdom that a young person does not. Not only have they learned more but have lived and experinced it. One would be wise to listen to the counsel of elders

  38. 15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

  39. 8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him

    Lord help us listen to the counsels of the elders. Elders have the wisdom and knowledge that the young ones are needing help in. Send us spiritual elders father that we can follow their counsels. Thank you Jesus for the counsel that you have put in our lives. A group full of elders at POFW that are willing to give us that counsel.

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