Trouble in the House of David
1 Kings 12:12-19 :
So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king asked, saying, “Come to me again the third day.”
The king answered the people roughly, and abandoned the counsel of the old men which they had given him,
and spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy,
but I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.”
So the king didn’t listen to the people; for it was a thing brought about from Yahweh, that he might establish his word,
which Yahweh spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. When all Israel saw that the king didn’t listen to them,
the people answered the king, saying, “What portion have we in David? We don’t have an inheritance in the son of Jesse.
To your tents, Israel! Now see to your own house, David.” So Israel departed to their tents.
But as for the children of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram,
who was over the men subject to forced labor; and all Israel stoned him to death with stones. King Rehoboam hurried
to get himself up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. So Israel rebelled against David’s house to this day.
God tells us here that the reason Rehoboam decided to oppress Israel was because
"it was a thing brought about from"
God. Even though we have our own choice, God's choice is higher. It doesn't mean that Rehoboam isn't
to blame for his own choices.
After the decision was made, Rehoboam had a rude awakening. He sent his man to continue to subject the people to forced labor,
and the people responded by stoning the guy to death. In one moment, Rehoboam lost a huge percentage of the kingdom. He actually had to
get in his chariot and run away from the people! This demonstrates that fact that without the people, a king has no real power.
Here's what Rehoboam's father wrote:
Proverbs 14:28 :
In the multitude of people is the king’s glory,
but in the lack of people is the destruction of the prince.
This was written before Rehoboam so clearly demonstrated it. Perhaps Solomon saw it coming. He also wrote this:
Ecclesiastes 2:17-19 :
So I hated life, because the work that is worked under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
I hated all my labor in which I labored under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who comes after me.
Who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have rule over all of my labor in which I have labored,
and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity.
Solomon and his son after him, turned away from God and His word. As a result, they almost lost everything God had given to
them. David, however, did not lose everything, even after he died, because God was protecting the kingdom for his sake. Even though
his sons acted like fools, David's inheritance was protected by God because David's heart was right with Him. That's what Jesus
has done for us. He provided a way to fix the problem in our hearts.