(19 verses, 2:55 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Rehoboam becomes king after Solomon dies, and immediately demonstrates that he did not inherit his father’s wisdom.
MARK & LEARN
- King Solomon has died, and it now falls on Rehoboam to sit on the throne. His first delma is to field the complaints of the people that Solomon had placed too heavy a burden on the people. (This complaint was encouraged by Jeroboam, who returned from Egypt after the death of Solomon, 10:2.)
- Rehoboam first hears the council of the older councilors of his father Solomon (10:6-7). They speak of the wisdom of the complaint and encourage Rehoboam to lessen the burden.
- He then hears the advice of the young men, his peers, who advise him to put at an even heavier burden on the people (10:8-13).
- Rehoboam, then, puts more pressure on the people, resulting in the rebellion of the tribes of the north (Israel). This marks the division of the northern kingdom (the ten tribes of Israel) and the southern kingdom (the two tribes called Judah).
- The date of this event is about 930 BC.
- The importance of wisdom (or a lack thereof) is put on display in the contrast between Solomon and Rehoboam. Wisdom involves good councilors. Rehoboam refuses to listen to the wisdom of the elders, and the result is decades of civil war. We remember that wisdom begins with the fear of God, and ends with faith and trust in God. We rejoice that the Lord has provided us with the wise council of the prophets and the apostles who make known the mind of God to us, His Law and Gospel.
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