Rehoboam & Jeroboam- Who Are Your Advisers?
Who are they?
Rehoboam is the fourth king of Israel. The first three were Saul, David, and Solomon. So Rehoboam was a successor to Solomon. He was a son of Solomon and a grandson of David. Initially, he was the king of the entire kingdom of Israel, but within a short period of time, he was left with only one tribe of Israel i.e. Judah.
Jeroboam was an ordinary man from the tribe of Ephraim. He was one of Solomon's officials. He rebelled against King Solomon. Ahijah the prophet met him and prophesied to him that he would be given ten tribes of Israel to rule over. This was very much in fulfillment of what God had said concerning Solomon in 1 Kings-11:11,12,13 when Solomon's heart had turned to follow other gods.
1 Kings 11:11
'So the LORD said to Solomon, "Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.'
Who are your advisers?
Rehoboam took the advice of the elders of Israel, who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime(1 Kings-12:6, 2 Chronicles-10:6). But then he also took the advice of the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
Jeroboam was the man to whom Ahijah the prophet had prophesied that he will get ten kingdoms. He was the man to whom God himself had said that if he did whatever God commanded, and walked in obedience to God as David, then God will be with him and build a dynasty for him as enduring as David's, and will give Israel to him.
'"If you listen to all that I command you, walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight in order to keep My statutes and commandments as My servant David did, then I will be with you. I will build you a lasting dynasty just as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you."'
But we see later that Jeroboam in 1 Kings-12:28 took advice from wrong people and made two golden calves for Israel to worship.
1 Kings-12:28 'After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."'
The person who advises you is very important. The wrong advice that Rehoboam took and followed( and his mistake of choosing the wrong advice) led ten tribes of Israel to be taken away from him.
The wrong advice that was given to Jeroboam and that Jeroboam chose to follow led Israel to sin against God by worshipping idols. The blessings of God mentioned in 1 Kings-11 were lost from him, because he was no more walking in obedience to God as David God's servant did.
What if you were the adviser?
Now let's turn the viewpoint and think about the people who gave the advice. The young men who gave the wrong advice to Rehoboam must have faced inner guilt for the rest of their lives. After all, it was because of their careless advice that the entire kingdom of Israel was separated into two halves. A small mishandling of their tongue had left their king with only one tribe.
As a young person, have you ever been asked to give advice? Has it ever occurred to you that despite all the available excuses, your advice could have great consequences? Someone's small advice had torn the kingdom that Solomon had left behind into two parts.
Somebody had also given advice to Jeroboam. Someone's wrong advice caused Israel to turn to idolatry and it grieved the heart of God. Later on, we see in 1 King-14:10,11 and 2 Chronicles-13:20 that the wrong advice that Jeroboam had chosen to follow led his entire house to be wiped off from the face of the earth. In Jeroboam's case, the advice was so powerful that it led to the destruction of his entire household.
Have you ever been asked to give advice and taken it too casually because it costs you nothing to speak a few random words? Would you be able to face the guilt if your advice turns out to be disastrous as with Rehoboam and Jeroboam?
How smart are you to give an advice?
Now, this is the most important question here. How smart are you? In the New Testament, the word 'advice' has been used only two times. First, it is used by Paul in Galatians 1:15-17 (NET)
'But when the one who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I could preach him among the Gentiles, I did not go to ask advice from any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before me, but right away I departed to Arabia, and then returned to Damascus.'
When Paul was confirmed that it is God who spoke to Him to go out to preach the gospel, he did not take any human's advice. He only took God's advice.
The second time the word 'advice' is used is in Revelation-3:18 when God speaks to the church in Laodicea and says 'take my advice'.
It is important to lean onto God to take or give advice. Let God's Spirit that he has put in every newborn believer be the sole guide in taking and receiving advice. If you have a close walk with God with the everyday ordinary life of small steps with Him, then be sure that 'The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord ( Psalms 37:23).' 'The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice (Psalm-37:30).'
It is important to inquire of the LORD when taking or receiving advice. Remember it was in Saul's time that Israel stopped inquiring of the LORD (1 Chronicles-3:3) and the end of Saul was that he fell on his own sword in defeat (1 Chronicles-10:4).
'He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.' ( Ecclesiastes-8:5)
For a victorious life in Jesus, we need to constantly walk with Him, talk with Him and let our minds stay on Him.
© 2019 Lincy Francis