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Rehoboam’s Submission to Egypt

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Kings of Israel #4

Rehoboam’s Evil and Submission to Egypt

Key Verses:  2Ch 11:18-23 and 2Ch 12:1-16

We pick up from where we ended last time in Chronicles and we are told of Rehoboam’s family history and his actions in grooming one of his sons to be his successor.

 2Ch 11:18  And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;

2Ch 11:19  Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.

2Ch 11:20  And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.

2Ch 11:21  And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)

At this stage of a king, the first in a divided Israel, we are immature as even Rehoboam’s son tells us later (2Ch 13:7).  As we advance we can look back and see the Lord’s hand and purpose in working all seasons of our life, including our immaturity and taking many wives and concubines.  Spiritually Rehoboam’s life is part of our journey as we keep searching for the Truth and the one true wife that is the Body of Christ.  We don’t find it on our own initiative as we eventually realize.

Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

Rehoboam is conflicted, meaning we are conflicted, in taking many spiritual wives and having many children in our search for the truth.  Our spiritual wives represent churches in Scripture and specifically with whom we have relations in raising up seed to extend our life.  Our spiritual sons and daughters are the emerging mindsets as we grow in the faith as we are learning (is, was and will be) to rule the Kingdom of God within us.

These numbers cited all have significance in Rehoboam’s life and this season of our maturity.  The quantities of wives and concubines are all derived from some factoring with the number six which is the number of mankind and speaking of our flesh.  It is the process of our spiritual completion (the number 3) applied against the number of mankind (6) that represents the many wives we are progressing to be made whole in Christ.  Concubines represent our straying from faith to satisfy our flesh (6) in the pursuit of our own perfection (the number 10), hence Rehoboam and we have sixty spiritual concubines at this stage.

Sons as males represent the doctrines and daughters as females represent the overcoming, the doing part of our maturing.  It is through 28 sons we are being made mature with four symbolizing the whole and the number seven our completion.  We get to 28 also by taking our witness for Christ (two) times 14 which stands for our spiritual progression.

Just three of the eighteen wives and sixty concubines are named in Rehoboam’s story.  We see the process of our maturing through the number three and its multiples in Scripture.  That process is Egypt, Babylon and Christ in general and these three named wives symbolize that process when we look deeper into their meaning.

Mahalath, means sickness, and originally in Scripture was the daughter of Ishmael (Gen 28:9) being a representation of us being first married to our flesh.

Abihail, meaning “my father is might”, was the daughter of Eliab who was the outwardly beautiful, handsome son of Jesse that was not the one chosen to be anointed the king. It was from this story of Eliab (the brother of David and firstborn of Jesse) that we are taught this valuable spiritual lesson.

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

We first get seduced and fall in love with the outward beauty and righteousness and snared in Babylon waiting to be dragged out (Rev 18:4).

Maachah, is the third named wife whose name means oppression/depression.  It is through the vexing and oppression of our carnal ways that we are dragged to Christ and kept there by the power of God.  We love the Body of Christ, our true spiritual wife most yet this same loved wife is the source of vexation and oppression of our old man (1Pe 4:17, Jer 5:14).

Rehoboam, who is a representation of the new man growing into truth, loves Maachah more than the other wives.  This is because the oppression aka torments we are living through is the very thing that is saving us little by little (Rev 14:10, 2Co 4:8, etc.).  Abijah, the son of the wife he loved most, is the favorite of Rehoboam and is exalted above the others and groomed to be the successor king.

2Ch 11:22  And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.

2Ch 11:23  And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.

Like his father Solomon, Rehoboam was wise (because we have Truth) and showed understanding by putting his children into all the territory of his kingdom to protect it.  Also, like Solomon, the desires for many wives and women (think not being content with what we have been given or where we are in the Spirit) led him astray in seeking greater gain.

1Ti 6:8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

1Ti 6:9  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

But as learn in our own time, the focus of self-preservation and strengthening ourselves leads to all kinds of evil and lapses in sound judgment.  The Lord sends His sword to bring about a change of heart and growth in our maturity.

2Ch 12:1  And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him. 

2Ch 12:2  And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD, 

2Ch 12:3  With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians. 

2Ch 12:4  And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem. 

2Ch 12:5  Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak. 

We don’t see all the negative acts of Rehoboam in Chronicles.  We need to go over to Kings wherein Israel’s version we find the details of what Rehoboam’s and Judah’s forsaking the Lord entailed.

1Ki 14:22  And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.

1Ki 14:23  For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

1Ki 14:24  And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

Self-worship and trusting in ourselves is spiritual sodomy and idolatry that we engage in that is forbidden and bears no fruit or increase for the Lord.  Our unfaithfulness brings the wrath of a jealous God to bring us back to Himself.

Col 3:5  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 
Col 3:6  Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
Col 3:7  in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

Our escape and repentance from such evil will be brought about using the wicked nations within us.  We saw the Egyptian king, Shishak, in Part 1 of this series as he hosted Jeroboam when he fled from Solomon’s wrath.  This king is our worldliness, the mindset and spirit we are struggling with and separating from after we come into the truth.

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Shishak coming to conquer the kingdom for a season is part of all things the Lord is working (Eph 1:11) and is the Lord causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  Yes, even our worldliness and getting engaged with the world (1Joh 2:15) is His work in us (Php 2:13).

It was prophesied when Solomon’s temple was dedicated that if Israel turned away and served other gods the Lord would forsake them and bring much evil upon Israel (2Ch 7:16-22).  That is now being lived out and coming to roost in the reign of Rehoboam for the sins of our prior mindset.  The macro truth is the Lord will NEVER leave us or forsake His elect which is the faith in which we are learning to stand on despite the evil we still contend with.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

But it is true, that part of chastening grace is scourging (Heb 12:6) and teaching us (Isa 26:9, Tit 2:11) and the Lord is seemingly leaving us but in truth, He is turning us over to heathen spirits.

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 

In response to our disobedience, the Lord is raising up Egypt and its helpers (turning us over to the lusts of our flesh) to humble us and give the occasion for Him to bring more judgment and grace upon us (Jer 46:7-46:9).  This evil all works for the greater good as many Scriptures attest (Jer 2:19, Rom 8:28), which brings us back to the Lord in repentance (Psa 90:3) and which leads to our salvation.  As we grow in faith and abide in the heat of our trials, we can then answer like Paul from a mature mindset that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:35).

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The scourging of the Lord upon Rehoboam begins in the 5th year of his reign signifying the grace of God being poured out.  Shishak was the host and place of refuge for our divided half (Jeroboam) and where we mentally go when trying to preserve our life in the flesh and escape our trials and judgment (1Ki 11:40).  Shishak invaded Judah with a massive army that took tremendous physical power and to move across rivers and cross a harsh desert.  We all fall for the power of our flesh that is strong when we are a young king in the spirit and immature. The fact there are twelve hundred (1,2oo) of these chariots and 60,000 horsemen like all numbers convey understanding once we apply the symbolism that the sum of the Word conveys to those given ears to hear.  These 1,200 chariots are the lies and false doctrines of the world that have us believing we have power and can do what we will outside the control of God.  This is the foundation (12) upon which the worldly mindset is based by which we all first seek to perfect ourselves in our witness for Christ (12 x 10 x 10).

These chariots are ridden by 60,000 horsemen (flesh and carnal mindsets) that sit in the chariots of lies all being pulled by the Egyptian horses which here in the negative (Heb 4:11) signify the power and strength of the flesh.   These fleshly horses, chariots and our carnal mind are being overcome and destroyed at the appointed time in our maturation process as our baptism with fire progresses.

Psa 147:10  He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

Jos 11:6  And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.

The people that came with Shishak and the chariot army were said to be without number; reminding us again just how strong and pervasive our flesh is and how it is impossible in our own strength to overcome the world (John 16:33).

We are given some interesting detail of three types of people included, the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.  Ezekiel 30 speaks more of the interplay of these aligned nations that are used to oppress us and help keep us ensnared by the bondage to the world.

Eze 30:8  And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.

As a type of Babylon, we get some religion (Rev 13:11) and learn to handle swords, hold shields and wear helmets, yet our beastly head wound heals quickly (Rev 13:3).  We continue being driven by Egyptian horses and chariots in the first half of our witness for Christ.  As we have recently studied, it is thru the Lord’s battle ax, the Body of Christ (the fire), that these Egyptian horses and chariots will be destroyed.

Jer 51:21  And with thee (My Battle Ax) will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

The worldly mindset and spirit are being destroyed by the coming of Christ in our day of the Lord.  These helpers of Egypt are part of what Gog symbolizes who will be turned back and dragged to the fire that will save them.

Eze 38:3  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Eze 38:4  And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

Eze 38:5  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

It takes many generations for us to mature beyond engaging with these heathen nations that get their power and influence from Egypt which is the world.  Let’s look further at the details that Chronicles gives us of the Egyptian invasion.

2Ch 12:6  Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous. 

2Ch 12:7  And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. 

Grace and judgment are the fiery trials the Lord puts us through which are done to humble us and bring us to repent of our carnal and worldly mindset.  The Lord is doing this scourging, so we will stop our disobedience and return to Him.

2Ch 7:14  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

We see this humility and deliverance from these armies in the story of king Asa, Rehoboam’s grandson, when we study this in the weeks ahead, Lord willing.

2Ch 16:8  NKJV Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand.

The Lord’s chastening is not to destroy us but instead to teach us the His ways which is righteousness and our aim as we follow the Lord.

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he (The Lord) for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 

The Egyptian invasion accomplishes the Lord’s purposes and Rehoboam and the people of Judah humble themselves before the Lord.  Dominion and freedom from our inward enemies comes little by little and the Lord purposefully keeps these inward enemies in the promised land (Jos 15:63, Jdg 1:28-32) as a thorn in our flesh to keep us humble.  We will always need to strive against and resist the nature of our beast.

2Co 12:7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

At first like an immature Rehoboam, we fall and the treasures of the temple are taken.

2Ch 12:8  Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries. 

2Ch 12:9  So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made. 

Judah moves forward in its divided history in servitude to king Shishak who is part of the Lord’s sword in working righteousness in us.  This servitude to our own flesh will be used to drag us closer to the Lord and cry out for even further deliverance from the man of sin.

Psa 17:13  Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: 

Psa 17:14  From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

When the king of Egypt within us has taken all the treasures of the Lord’s house and all of our treasures, we have fallen, which is part of our maturing (Pro 24:16) and have been overcome by worldliness.  Taking the shields [H4043] of gold that our father Solomon made is having our shield of faith corrupted in a season of worldliness and unbelief.  In time and with great tribulation, we are being confronted and told to get our gold back that can only be purchase in the fire of our trials and tribulations (Rev 3:18-19).

The treasure of the Lord’s temple is His Word that has been into His people.  We, all misuse this Word and are spiritual harlots with Egypt before we are able to stand in faith.

Eze 16:17  Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

Joe 3:5  Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

Without shields of gold, we have to resort to using copper (brass) shields which is a common metal that symbolizes our carnal mindset.  These copper shields are better than nothing in allowing us to guard our gates and entrances the best we can with limited spiritual maturity.

2Ch 12:10  Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king’s house. 

2Ch 12:11  And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber. 

2Ch 12:12  And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well. 

Every man alive can only do what the Sovereign Lord is doing in their lives.  It is NOT in man to direct his own steps!  Yes, even our immaturity and inability to be spiritual warriors for the Lord is part of ALL THINGS and HIS WORK in us.  We are doing the best we can with the limited resources we have been given at this stage of our maturity.  But it’s exactly where we are supposed to be.

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

This experience brings more humility to Rehoboam and the Lord eases off the chastening and brings us a period and season of wellness, so we can rest and get ready for the next test.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

With his guard and shields of brass, Rehoboam was given time to regroup and strengthen himself as the Lord will not try us beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13).

2Ch 12:13  So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. 

2Ch 12:14  And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD. 

Rehoboam and we are incapable of preparing our own hearts.  That is the work of the Lord for all men and all kings at every stage of our lives.

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Psa 10:17  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

As a result of the Lord, Rehoboam, as a young immature king, did evil.  This is what the Lord is still doing to this day despite what billions of professing Christians may otherwise believe.

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

We certainly should not be content with any evil we are doing but should strive against and seek help via prayer and fasting for deliverance to overcome.  Applying this to others is the narrow way we are learn as judgment is now on the house of God.

Rom 14:4  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Here are the final two verses in the Chronicles version of Rehoboam’s reign.

2Ch 12:15  Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. 

2Ch 12:16  And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead. 

The physical books of Shemaiah and Iddo are nowhere to be found.  Yet we know all the acts of Rehoboam are contained in everyone one of our books, the Book of Life for every man.

Ecc 9:2  All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

The divided nation of Israel is always going to be at war with itself.  The battle between doctrine and truth versus what our flesh wants to do is a war that only ends when there is unity and oneness in Israel.  We are getting there as we live out these lives of these kings.  At this stage we are in the beginning of sorrows as we await the day of the Lord (Mat 24:6-8).

Rehoboam’s death was a physical death yet the way we are to apply these verses to learn is to remember that “His words are Spirit – Joh 6:63”.  The death of Rehoboam is moving us onward to another experience of evil (Ecc 1:13) that will be used to further refine us.  Living to 58 years as Rehoboam did was not the promise of long life.  Our obedience is far from complete.

Eph 6:1  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Eph 6:2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Eph 6:3  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

 

 

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Israel’s Division and Securing of Judah

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Kings of Israel #3

“Israel’s Division and Securing of Judah”

Key Verses:  2Ch 10:16-19 and 2Ch 11:1-17 

Because of Solomon’s disobedience in turning from the Lord, it was prophesied that the Lord would rend the kingdom of Israel and part be given to his servant Jeroboam.  These stories of the kings show us time and time again how the Lord works grace in this age where judgment is now on the house of God.  When Solomon dedicated the temple, a type, and shadow of our dedication (1Co 3:16) the Lord said these words which never pass away.

2Ch 7:16  For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

2Ch 7:19  But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;

2Ch 7:21  And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to everyone that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?

2Ch 7:22  And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he (The Lord) brought all this evil upon them. 

Both the turning away into destruction and the bringing us back via godly repentance are all the Potter’s work over His clay vessels (Psa 90:3).  The sum of the Word regarding Rehoboam shows us he was not as bad as our fist study indicated.  He was foolish, but he was also young and immature as a type of all God’s sons who are being made into a king.

Rev 1:6  And hath made (TVM G5777 – AORIST TENSE i.e. is making us) us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.

In our spiritual youth, we are making many mistakes in how we handle the Word of God we have been given to possess.  Like Rehoboam, we live in a divided nation within and without ourselves.  Our faith alone won’t save Israel.  We need works to show that faith as genuine (Jam 2:14).  We will see the Lord working on Judah and Israel in remaking all things.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

The ten northern tribes of Israel represent our old earth (rebellious old man) that seeks to perfect itself apart from the righteousness by faith and obeying God and waiting on Him.  The southern kingdom of Judah is a representation of the new man in type that comes forth from the implanted Word.  The two tribes that makeup Judah (Judah and Benjamin) represent our witness for Christ and the doctrinal battles we fight in being matured into a king for Christ.  The gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Rom 11:29) and the Lord is faithful to His promises despite our current, past and future apostasy.  The prophecy of this division reminds us of God’s promises to David, a type of Christ, whose household signifies of the Body of Christ that is come and will be coming in every generation.

1Ki 11:36  And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there

Rehoboam means a people has enlargedSolomon’s son, Rehoboam (born from an Ammonite wife), was chosen to serve in his father’s stead who then doubled down on Solomon’s apostasy as we saw in our last study entitled Rehoboam’s Folly.  Adding scorpions (lies) to further chasten Israel is our seeking gain and dominion over others in our godly service.  Flesh is not naturally attracted to Christ and rejects the even heavier burden; a self-righteous Rehoboam seeks to impose upon our old man and others.

2Ch 10:14  And (Rehoboam) 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

As Rehoboam, at this season of maturity, we seek dominion over others having been taken captive by knowledge and power contrary to the many commandments of love and walking out the truths of Christ’s doctrine.

Mar 10:42  But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

Mar 10:43  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.

We learn servitude and humility by being shown our nakedness which through many fiery trials is bringing us to repent of our evil doings as self-righteous religious beasts.  To learn these lessons, we are being caused to fall down which provides the Lord the occasion He always seeks to bring the chastening of the rod to teach us the right ways.

Pro 23:13  Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

Pro 23:14  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

All of God’s people will experience these lessons on the road to maturity.  Knowledge puffs up our carnal minds and we forget the many admonitions given to us.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

1Ti 6:9  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition

We now read the Chronicles version of Rehoboam’s story.  They are very similar to what we read in the Northern Kingdom (Israel) version in 1Ki 12:15–19.

2Ch 10:16  And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents. 

2Ch 10:17  But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 

2Ch 10:18  Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram (Adoram in 1Ki 12) that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 

2Ch 10:19  And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. 

There are lessons on every side of these stories as an immature Israel in total needs work both on doctrine (heaven) and on the earth (our walk).  These divisions within ourselves or with our spiritual body are part of all things that the Lord is working for the counsel of His will (Eph 1:11).  Whatever the Lord does, it is being worked for good.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Our rebellious flesh typified by the 10 tribes’ hates having to do anything contrary to its own desires.  When the tribute (levy) master, Hadoram, is sent to bring Israel back in line he is stoned to death. Many secular “scholars” claim the name Hadoram (Adoram) which traces back to Shem (meaning renown) means self-exaltation.  A perfect fit to label one who makes demands and burdens on others in Israel that are outside the Word of God.  Even Strong’s suggests the meaning “lord of heights” for the name Adoram used in Kings.  Flesh glories in itself and is prideful.  All such spirits are being destroyed within us in due time.

1Co 1:28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

1Co 1:29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.

This inward struggle between our doctrine and our deeds has us, as Israel, doubting our inheritance.  We will be wondering if we truly are sons of God when we are caused of the Lord to do things contrary to faith and see a part of us being a cruel taskmaster to ourselves and our fellow brethren (Mat 25:45).  We all need to see this before true healing begins.

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 

Psa 73:22  So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

Stones represent hardened beliefs and in the negative (our carnality) are the very bread we eat when being led by our father, the devil, to justify our rebellion.

Mat 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Stoning one with stones spiritually is injuring or killing them with the carnal lies that keep us from obeying authority or submitting to one another.  Applying this story inwardly, the Lord uses our evil for good and our carnal reasonings are used to destroy the burdensome Pharisaical mindset of Hadoram’s within us.

2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God

Ecc 3:1  To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Our own flesh rebels against the oppressive yoke of an outwardly righteous mindset that focuses on making the outside of our cup clean to the carnal world.  Hence, we see good coming from the evil we are caused to do when we see ourselves as a beast and a self-righteous Pharisees.

Col 2:20  Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—

Col 2:21  “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”

Col 2:22  which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men?

Col 2:23  These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Israel departing and going to their own tents is going back to where we came from and separating ourselves and forsaking the assembly with the saints (Heb 10:25).  Israel, under the kingship of Jeroboam whose name means “the people will contend”, has its own issues of not wanting to submit to the king and ruler the Lord had established over Israel (Rom 13:1).  We see the fleshly motives of Israel via Jeroboam wanting to make a name for himself and to be more interested in keeping his followers versus obeying God.

1Ki 12:26  And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom (the 1o tribes he was just given) return to the house of David:

1Ki 12:27  If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

1Ki 12:28  Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 12:29  And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

1Ki 12:30  And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

1Ki 12:31  And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

We have many warnings about such men arising from WITHIN.  We are to judge ourselves to ensure we are not doing these things in Spirit.

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Act 20:31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

We have seen these events play out in the Body in recent years and it is good that we take heed the sound words of the Lord and remembering it’s about denying SELF vs promoting SELF.

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

We should never prevent the children of God from coming to Christ and obeying the Lord’s many commandments.  Jeroboam makes the grievous error of separating himself and Israel from assembling together as one.  The whole of Israel in Spirit is the light unto this world as the Lord tells us (Mat 5:14).  It is our walking and abiding in this light that is, was and will be saving us from our sins.

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

This division and inner torment we endure in our divided state are the trials of faith that ultimately are bringing salvation.

Rev 14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 

1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

Rehoboam’s first instinct is the natural response of all flesh consistent with the eye for an eye law for the lawless (Rom 2:15).  Rehoboam’s desire was to return evil for evil and go fight against those who rejected his kingship.

2Ch 11:1  And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore (180,000) thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. 

2Ch 11:2  But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 

2Ch 11:3  Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 

2Ch 11:4  Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam. 

Vengeance is mine says the Lord, He will repay disobedience and recompense to our enemies.  Assembling 180,000 men can only be done using a 6 (flesh) or a 9 (judgment) all of which signifies that flesh and carnal vengeance was involved in this assembly of Judah’s army.  Yet the Lord stayed this error from taking place by sending a prophet (messenger) to remind Rehoboam (you and me) and confirm the sovereignty of God in all things.  Those words of life were received, and Judah backed down and obeyed the Lord.

We are never to physically resist evil nor seek vengeance for the trials and divisions the Lord is working in our life. The new law of Christ requires us to love our outward physical enemies and wait upon the Lord to convert them.

Mat 5:38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

Mat 5:39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

As our new man becomes a king in the Kingdom of God within us, we do many things right in defending the truths and treasures we have been so blessed to be given (Mat 13:10). A key theme of Rehoboam’s reign is the building of many cities and walls and strongholds for the defense of Judah.

2Ch 11:5  And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 

2Ch 11:6  He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 

2Ch 11:7  And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam, 

2Ch 11:8  And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, 

2Ch 11:9  And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 

2Ch 11:10  And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities. 

2Ch 11:11  And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine. 

2Ch 11:12  And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side. 

The fact there are 15 of these cities symbolizes the time and process of grace (the number 5) and the process of our being matured (the number 3).  The meaning of several of these cities was reviewed in the early chapters of the Micah study.  Being separated from the world is good and there are both positive and negatives of Judah and us building walls and fences to secure the cities within us.  I see both applications in the big picture application of this event and story we are living out.

In the negative application, we are building walls and fences and gates by our own hands which is the folly of trying to save ourselves by our own strength and initiative.  The only true wall is the fire of the Lord’s mighty Word that requires the coming of Christ within us as we begin to rest from our own self-righteous works.  The mature live in a land by faith and there are no walls that they built to protect themselves.

Zec 2:4  And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:

Zec 2:5  For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

Eze 38:11  And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 

It takes faith in the Word to protect us to live without any walls and fences.  An immature Rehoboam (2Ch 13:7) living before faith was given, was wise to build walls and fences in defending the cities of Judah.  Spiritually speaking, putting a captain in charge is putting a doctrine or overarching truth down to guard and sustain our inward cities to protect us from our enemies.  Looking back for example in my immature times, I grabbed hard onto the sovereignty of God in all things and placed that in my inward cities to keep me from shrinking back into the lies of Babylon I was still striving hard to fully escape.  When tests came, these fortifications were helpful in enabling me to not judge in the flesh but to know it was the Lord doing whatever trial I was facing and act according to faith in judging righteous judgment (Joh 7:24).

In type and shadow, Rehoboam was placing the armor of God (Ephesians 6) where he thought it might be needed.  The spiritual shield of faith helps us play defense and deflect the lies of the world and our carnal mind that seek to enter into our gates.

Pro 4:23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it (THE GATE) anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

We need defensive weapons (shields and helmets) yet we also need offensive weapons and the Lord has provided in His armor.  Spiritual swords and spears are available being the Word and Doctrines that we use to attack the inward enemies (lies and lusts) of our faith.

Deu 20:16  But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

A watchmen’s job is to watch.  But our flesh is lazy, weak and impatient and has to be scourged to learn to stay awake and always watch and guard our gates.

Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Lam 4:12  The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.

When Jeroboam abandoned the commandments regarding the conduct of worship and sacrifices, all the priests and Levites left Israel and went to Judah.   This too was caused by the Lord and became a great blessing to Judah and an immature king Rehoboam.

2Ch 11:13  And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. 

2Ch 11:14  For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD: 

2Ch 11:15  And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made. 

2Ch 11:16  And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers. 

2Ch 11:17  So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon

Many are called, and few are chosen (Mat 22:14) to be the Lord’s kings and priests.  So, what a blessing and strengthening we get when surrounded by the able ministers of the Lord.  The  grace that saves us (Eph 2:8) is now more readily available to Judah in this story.  We will learn quicker, faster and better when we have the Lord’s priests ministering to us.

1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

The ministers of the OT were just a shadow of the true ministers that abide now in the Body of Christ having the Spirit of God.  Yet as these verses say, the kingdom of Judah was strengthened for three years during which they relatively speaking from the sum of the Word, walked in the ways of David and Solomon (the Lord’s way).  In our next study, we will Lord willing look at the downfall of Rehoboam.  His downfall is our downfall and the reason his story and the story of all those kings have been written down for us to study and learn.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Judah will be overrun by the Egyptians, which is a type and shadow of us returning to the same mud and vomit we have already been delivered from.

2Pe 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

Questions and sincere comments are always welcome.  I can also be emailed directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com or pete@truthinscripture.com

Pete

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Rehoboam’s Folly

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Kings of Israel #2

“Rehoboam’s Folly”

Key Verses: 1Ki 12:1-15, 2Ch 10:1-15

 In this study, we want to review the Scriptures that speak to the events that precipitated the revolt of ten tribes of Israel and the resulting division that lasted until the divided nations were taken captive by the Assyrians and Babylonians, respectfully. It’s is needed to remind ourselves these events define our spiritual experiences as Israel within is being divided.

1Ki 12:1  And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king. 

1Ki 12:2  And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) 

1Ki 12:3  That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, 

1Ki 12:4  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. 

1Ki 12:5  And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed. 

1Ki 12:6  And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people

1Ki 12:7  And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever

1Ki 12:8  But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: 

1Ki 12:9  And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? 

1Ki 12:10  And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. 

1Ki 12:11  And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 

This coming divide of Israel is spiritually the divide between our doctrine (hearing) and our doing (walking it out).  To be made perfect by the Lord and establish a firm foundation (twelve); both our doctrine and our deeds (heaven and earth) need work in the fiery furnace. The two tribes of Judah represent our witness for Christ who is inseparable from His Word which is His Doctrine. The ten northern tribes of Israel represent our walk (obedience or disobedience) as we are first trying to perfect ourselves in our own strength (the number ten) before we come to know and rest by being One in Christ (Truth).  This division and inward conflict are for our good in bringing confidence in the flesh to an end (Phi 3:3)and dragging us into the true rest (Heb 4:10). Both those near (Judah) and those far off (Israel in the North) are brought together as one.

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off (separated) are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Eph 2:17  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off (Israel), and to them that were nigh (Judah).

Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind (Judah) I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh (Israel) the law of sin.

Rehoboam’s Folly

The name Rehoboam [H7346] means “a people has enlarged” and appropriately speaks to how corrupted doctrine, leavened bread, leads us astray from the narrow way.

Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

It is indeed a narrow way of faith and Rehoboam picked up where his apostate father (Solomon) left off in making the apostasy even wider. Kings of the Lord possess great knowledge and spiritual power that is first abused and misused in exalting ourselves.

Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Rehoboam was born out of the misconduct of Solomon’s with his many wives and concubines. Woman represent churches and whom we engage with in seeking to bear fruit unto the Lord.  We learn later (1Ki 14:21) that Rehoboam’s mother’s name was Naamah which means pleasure, and who was also an Ammonite. The fact Solomon intermarried with Egyptians, Ammonites and many other heathens in disobedience to the law did not bode well for the blessings or curses that would soon fall upon his house. Ammonites, like Moabites, symbolize our own carnal thoughts that we exalt above the Lord and in so doing commit spiritual incest and fornication with our own flesh. That is the spiritual significance of Ammonites and Moabites birthed from physical incest (Gen 19:37-38) and why that mindset is forbidden in the congregation of the Lord.

Deu 23:3  An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever:

An Ammonite spirit has us leaning on our own understanding and exalting ourselves versus seeking wisdom from the Church (Eph 3:10) and its multitude of counselors.  Solomon, the author of Proverbs, truly fell away and took no heed the Scripture he was inspired to write many years prior.

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Pro 3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

The Gathering at Shechem

The gathering of Israel to make Rehoboam king takes place at Shechem (Sichem) which is a place rich in many illustrious events in the history of Israel. Shechem is the first place Abram met the Lord and was given the promise (Gen 12:6-7). Shechem is where Jacob, a type of our old man is buried (Act 7:26) and where the bones of Joseph (a type of Christ) were laid many years after his death (Jos 24:32). Shechem is where all of Israel came together to renew the covenant with the Lord.

Jos 24:1  Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.

Jos 24:25  So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Shechem means “shoulder” and symbolizes where our spiritual head sits on our body attached via a neck which is our burden. That burden is supposed to be light and the yoke easy if we truly believe and walk by faith.

Gal 3:11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

The significance of this event being at Shechem relates to the yoke or burden that the heads (kings) of Israel place upon the people. The law of Moses/Gentiles is an oppressive yoke and heavy burden because anyone in the flesh outside the Law of faith cannot please God (Rom 8:8) no matter how hard they try. It is only under the law of Faith where we trust in Christ and nothing of ourselves that we are being saved. It takes us years of trials to get this straight in our heaven and our earth (Act 14:22). The earlier disciples, having the Spirit of God, struggled to get this right as we do (Mat 4:4).

Act 15:9  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 15:10  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

When we come to our wit’s end of laboring in our own strength to save ourselves, then the Lord begins to raise us up in righteousness.

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

A head full of carnal ordinances is a heavy burden that is taken away only in and by our day of the Lord by the working of the Word.

Isa 10:27  And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Shechem spiritually represents the place where we, as Israel, come together to seek peace and a new mindset to guide our lives as God’s people. The burden and bondage Israel had been under during Solomon’s reign quickly become a key to the story of Rehoboam.   With Solomon dead, Jeroboam, the former servant and now adversary of Solomon’s house, returns from Egypt to counsel Rehoboam on how to unite Israel in peace.

1Ki 12:2  And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) 

1Ki 12:3  That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, 

1Ki 12:4  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. 

Israel had been heavily taxed and oppressed during Solomon’s reign all the while he got the glory and admiration of the world. Solomon building a temple of the Lord using forced labor and the labor of Tyre (Babylon) is a shadow of us building a temple in vain (Psa 127:1) using our own hands (self-righteous works) in a covenant with the world.

1Ki 5:12  And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram (Tyre’s king) and Solomon; and they two made a league together. 

1Ki 5:13  And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

Solomon was a building machine and has Israel working hard constantly on many construction projects (1Ki Chapter 9) in the name of the Lord.  But as we see in Ecc 2, it was all really for Solomon’s benefit and his namesake of I, Me and My!

Ecc 2:4  I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards …

Ecc 2:9  So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Rather than serving the people, Solomon has the people of Israel serving him.

1Ki 9:22  But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen: but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen.

Israel wanted relief from this hard levy and taxing burden.  So Jeroboam requested that Rehoboam make lighter the burden Solomon initiated.  As God’s people walking by faith, we stubbornly learn the lesson that is not up to us but the Lord to give the increase and overcoming and it resting in those promises that victory will come if we wait for it.

Flesh naturally seeks dominion over others and corrupts the divine service that is the duty of Christ’s kings and priests (Rom 12:1). Samuel had warned of this apostasy and issues before the first king was raised up and which the history of these kings and our spiritual maturing is bearing out.

1Sa 8:10  And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.

1Sa 8:11  And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

1Sa 8:12  And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots…….

1Sa 8:17  He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 

The greater we move away from faith and back into the wide way of the world, the more we are adding an increasingly oppressive yoke and heavier burden to our walk with Christ. Solomon was disobedient to all the laws of the kings (Deu 17:16-20) and exalted himself.

Mat 23:11  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Mat 23:12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

A king who is not a servant to his people is an oppressor of the people. That is what the carnal mind and law of self-righteousness have us doing to the inhabitants of the Kingdom both and without ourselves. Christ is our example of what a king is to do for His people.

Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.

Mat 20:26  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.

Rehoboam sends the people away for three days, his process of spiritual maturity, so he can seek counsel and respond to Israel’s request.

1Ki 12:5  And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed. 

1Ki 12:6  And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people

1Ki 12:7  And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever.

Going to the old men is going to the elders and the mature in the ways of the Lord. Wise  counsel is given to Rehoboam that reinforces the example of faith and its law of reaping.

Luk 6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Joh 12:26  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Lest we forget what serving the living God looks like, we have the parable of Mat 25 teaching us what those being made righteous by faith are doing and to whom.

Mat 25:37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Mat 25:38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Mat 25:39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 

It was not ordained for Rehoboam (us) at this time to learn the lesson that kings are to serve. Flesh does not naturally want to serve but to rather be served and enlarge its own borders.  Rehoboam rejects the elders’ counsel and instead seeks out the immature (young men) that will tell his fleshly ears what it wants to hear.

1Ki 12:8  But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: 

1Ki 12:9  And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? 

1Ki 12:10  And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. 

True Jews in the Spirit desire to walk by faith and carry the lighter burden versus the alternative way of salvation, the heavy yoke of self-righteousness, which is not a way at all (Joh 6:44, Joh 14:6). Seeking counsel from the youth that we grew up, the children of an apostate Solomon’s 700 spiritual concubines and 300 heathen wives, is seeking council from the world and the unbelieving.

Pro 13:20  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Fearing the Lord begins true wisdom and that only begins once we are put into the fire of judgment where we are learning (Isa 26:9) and buying the true gold.

Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Rehoboam typifies the Nicolaitan and Pharisaical spirit that seeks dominion over others and exalts itself for its own gain and glory. When we realize we of ourselves can do nothing (Joh 15:5) then the idea of an appointed king doing service begins to resonate. Knowledge and power puff us up and we get spiritually fat (Deu 32:15) and we grow thick (thinking more highly of ourselves).  Fiery grace will chasten us and get us past this stronghold.

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Rom 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

Rehoboam’s counsel from the young and immature (mixed multitude mindset) is to add sin to sin or as the modern adage says adding insult to injury.

1Ki 12:11  And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 

Whips are used to teach and correct horses which are themselves a symbol of the world and the strength of the flesh. Such worldliness was Solomon’s downfall in acquiring thousands of horses from Egypt (1Ki 4:26) that was a consequence of failing to separate from the heathen nations. Adding to Solomon’s yoke is going even further away from faith. Scorpions are the lies and false doctrines of the world and of Babylon in which we are coming out of and which we have power over, if we act upon it.

Eze 2:6  And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Adding in more lies and carnal doctrines (scorpions) only further oppresses and enslaves the people of Israel, separating them from faith and the easier yoke of the Lord.  The locusts of Revelation 9 are the false doctrines that block out the sun (Truth) which are likened unto to scorpions that sting and torment us. There is no overcoming (dying) when these scorpions are oppressing Israel because we are not in faith.

Rev 9:3  Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Rev 9:6  In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

We have every reason and incentive as God’s people to actively seek to loosen these bands of wickedness and the yoke of our unbelief. Getting rid of this yoke opens us up to serve the living God and then the overcoming comes and the land within us is truly being healed.

Isa 58:6  Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Isa 58:7  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Yet before there can be healing there must be further wounding at the hand of the Lord in the Kingdom of God within us (Deu 32:39).  Rehoboam takes the advice of fools rather than the elders and goes deeper into his father’s apostasy.  We see another witness of the Lord causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17) and working all things (Eph 1:11); even Rehoboam’s self-exaltation and cruelty in seeking dominion over Israel.

1Ki 12:12  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.

1Ki 12:13  And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;

1Ki 12:14  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.

1Ki 12:15  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.

All of these evil experiences are the Lord’s work in us (Isa 45:7, Ecc 1:13) to mature us and teach us when the chastening time has come.

Psa 34:19  YLT Many are the evils (“ra”) of the righteous, Out of them all doth Jehovah deliver him.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Next week Lord willing, we will look back to where the Lord gave the prophecy (1Ki 11:29-32) to Jeroboam and see how the harsh answer of Rehoboam quickly led to the division of Israel and the appointment of Jeroboam as king of the northern kingdom. The process of moving onward to maturity is indeed one of the great tribulations and inner torment.