King Jeroboam, the Man Who Missed the Golden Opportunity (3)
Having introduced Jeroboam in the first article and talked about his background, I continued with how he fled and how he returned in the second article capping it up with some reasons for the leadership of ten tribes inviting him to their midst.
Let us see what follows those in this article.
Meeting with the People
He received their invitation notification and met with them and they agreed on how to meet with the new King, what their requests would be. After concluding on what they would say, they went to the King to present their case to him. The new King asks them to give him sometimes, to make consultations with people and he would get back to therm.
Poll 1: Your Counselor
Who is your counselor
“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.” (1 Ki 12:3-5)
The king indeed made consultations with people as he has said unto them, but he would not yield to the experienced people’s counsels as he opted for the counsels of the inexperienced ones, the youths like him.
Fulfillment of the Prophesy
They had presented their case with the King to tell him to reduce the taxes his father imposed on them, which he has said he would work upon through consultations with his cabinet members. (1 Ki 12:6-11)
They returned to him at the set time and his reply to them were not good they thence returned to their land and break off from Judah and King Rehoboam.
“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.
“And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;
“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.
“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.
“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.” (1 Ki12:12-16)
After a while that they have parted from the King, they have been gathering themselves to know what they would do about the situation on ground, and having come to resolution on what to do that they were not going to return to King Rehoboam, that was when they started seeking for who shall become King over them, for they cannot continue without a King.
“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.” (1 Ki 12:20)
Fortunately for Jeroboam after they had resolved to have a King over them they recall the prophesies of Prophet Ahijah concerning him and decide to make him their King, in consonance with the will and the revelations of God for the man.
How God brings to pass his words of prophesies no one can fathom. The problem most of us have is we usually focus a way as a means for the fulfillment of the prophesies of God and when such way wasn’t working again we tend to lose faith, we tend to think God is not at work again.
The word of God concerning him was fulfilled, as he was anointed and made the King over the ten tribes of Israel forming the northern Kingdom of Israel.
How He Missed the Golden Opportunity
Bible students shall recall that he was told some salient things by the prophet. Let us see some of those things which the prophet said unto him. (1 Kings 11:29-38) to aid our understanding of how he missed this wondrous, life time opportunity God grants him.
(i) His Heart Desire Was Granted
The prophet told him that the Lord has seen his heart, what he has been longing for, for long which was not revealed to people has the Lord seen and he has decided to grant him the desires of his heart.
We need to know that those secret desires of our hearts that we have not discussed with anyone, God sees, and he would grant them if we are his child.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psa. 37:4)
We can see from the prophet’s discussions and revelations with him that it has been his desire to be king over the people of God. Because he has demonstrated rare attributes the Lord considers him fit for the oval office.
“And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.” (1 Ki 11:37)
We can see his desire according to the word of the Prophet to him here, that it has been his daily longings, it has been his secret prayers, for such could not be prayed aloud lest he be killed, and most importantly he would be sneered at by the people that he was overtly ambitious, wishing for things that can never happen they would say, because they knew what God says about David the covenant he had with him, thence the people would be saying his prayer cannot be answered, and in fact some like it is today would say he was praying amiss. (Jam 4:3)
To avoid such, he was silently musing over this, covertly talking to God about this matter and it was not surprising that the L:ord who sees all hearts, sees all secrets answers him in the open as he has said through his prophet and which eventually came to pass.
Poll 2: Pray Amiss
Have people been talking to you that you are also praying amiss?
People may be talking to you that you are praying amiss too because they do not have good aspirations for themselves, they cannot aspire for bigger things as you have been aspiring for and dreaming for since your childhood and youthful days like this man, you do not have to listen to them neither yield to what they are saying as Jeroboam was not bugged by people’s thoughts neither utterances until his desire becomes fulfilled because he delights himself in Yahweh the Lord of Israel. (Mat 6:6)
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