2 Chronicles 10
-This narrative describes what happened to divide the Kingdom of Israel after the death of Solomon. Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, basically shunned the advice of his elders who had served in his father’s reign for the advice of his peers that he had grown up with serving him as the king’s son. The elders took a pacifistic position of tolerance and kindness to the people’s request, while the young guns took a position of hard rule and a heavy yoke (or burden) upon the populace. With this prospect, the northern tribes abandoned the line of David and declared Jeroboam their king, who had come back from an exile in Egypt where he had fled the presence of King Solomon. This separated the children of Israel and the prophetic word of Ahijah the Shilonite was fulfilled (2 Chronicles 10:1-19). The house remained divided until 722 B.C. when the Northern Kingdom was taken away captive to Assyria and lost forever. David’s line continued, as promised (2 Samuel 7), in Judah, and Christ Jesus eventually sprang up from this lineage (Matthew 1, Luke 3:23-38).
-*Application* It is important to listen to wise and Godly counsel. Usually, this means listening to those of experience and who are older than yourself. Is there a difficult decision you are considering today? If so, consult the elders and receive wisdom. Be careful of peers’ influence and perspective. It may very well be tainted and completely bad advice.
Verse to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 10:13