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2 Chronicles 12:14
He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.
This is the sorry sad story of King Rehoboam, who followed his father Solomon as King of Israel. Instead of listening to the wisemen who counseled his father, he chose to listen to his idiot buddies in giving advice. When that happened, Israel rebelled against him, and God allowed Jeroboam to split the kingdom by taking the ten northern tribes of Israel and leaving Rehoboam to lead Judah. He became so like the other heathen kings that God sent Shishak, King of Egypt, to destroy them. But because Rehoboam humbled himself, God spared him and allowed him to continue to reign in Judah. Yet, Rehoboam was so bereft of spiritual understanding that he knew nothing about setting his heart to seek the Lord. He ended up returning to his evil ways.
Whenever I read this story, I always think to myself, “His Dad Shares In The Blame.” I say that because Solomon had 1000 wives and concubines. In the second half of his reign, he did nothing but evil. That’s the dad that Rehoboam was raised under. With all of those wives and mistresses, he only has four children mentioned in the Bible. Two girls and two boys. But he must have had more than that. The very fact that Rehoboam is mentioned and then succeeded his father as king proves that their must have been some relationship there. However, with such a lousy example as a King over God’s people Israel, you just can’t lay all the blame on the son. Indeed, “His Dad Shares In The Blame.”
I can never thank you enough for my four sons. Help me, Lord, to be a good example for them to follow. There’s enough evil in this world; let them see a father who cares. Amen
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