February 10, 2020
After Advice of Young Men
2 Chronicles 10:13-14 (KJB) 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.
These two scripture verses contain a wealth of information for ancient times and today. If you are familiar with the context of these verses, you know that Rehoboam was seeking advice from men rather than recognizing and heeding the will of God in his reign as king.
Not only that, Rehoboam sought instruction from the younger generation failing to consider the help and opinion of elders who had much more valuable life experience.
These two blunders were a fatal mistake on the part of Rehoboam. Though he was a son of Solomon, grandson of David and King of Judah, he is proof that wisdom of God is not handed down in the family tree. Real knowledge is given of God, and indeed not found among opinions and ideas at work in this world. Wisdom is proven through the trials and tribulations of life working alongside the indwelling power and presence of God and is prevalent among elders, and this experience is less likely to be found among the younger generation.
Though his forefathers were both wise and strong, Rehoboam was operating both without godly instruction and knowledge and was spiritual shaky and weak. Even in physically fortifying cities, his defeat was inevitable.
Don’t we often make the same errors in judgment today? We seek out information, wisdom, advice and such from the next generation, or in asking search engine software, in books, or from opinions of others, but often a man will fail to seek advice from elders among us, or in understanding historical events. Most importantly, many fail to include the will, wisdom, and direction of God by diverting any plans of his own making.
This verse says it all concerning the reign of King Rehoboam: 2 Chronicles 12:14 (KJB) And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.
Let this verse not describe your life as you sojourn in this world.
God directs us to seek Him first. Secondly, to lean upon elders among us who have garnered wisdom in their course of living in this world. Any knowledge and information derived in this world have no bearing on God’s will and direction for our life, and a wise person will seek the wisdom of God.
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