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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: It is useless if a wise king will only hand over the kingdom to a foolish son. II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that GOD needed to be first in everything in your life and humility brings grace to your l

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I. EXORDIUM:

It is useless if a wise king will only hand over the kingdom to a foolish son.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that GOD needed to be first in everything in your life and humility brings grace to your life.

IV. TEXT:

1 Kings 12:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.

V. THESIS:

GOD is the owner of everything, we are only His stewards. Keep humble so we can receive grace in our life.

VI. TITLE:

Foolishness of Rehoboam

Character Study of Rehoboam

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. 1 Kings - second in a series of three double books: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles, originally they were single books Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, the Septuagint translators made the division

The Septuagint translators were the ones who made the divisions, and they did so more or less for the convenience of the reader.—Source:

J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible

B. Traditional writer: Prophet Jeremiah

C. Common expression: "as David his father" occurred 9 times

D. Who is Rehoboam?

1. Father: King Solomon (1 Kings 11:43)

1 Kings 11:43 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

When he died, he was buried in the City of David, named for his father. Then his son Rehoboam became the next king.

2. Mother: Naamah, an Ammonite woman (1 Kings 14:31)

1 Kings 14:31 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

When Rehoboam died, he was buried among his ancestors in the City of David. His mother was Naamah, an Ammonite woman. Then his son Abijam became the next king.

3. Grandfather: King David (1 Kings 2:1)

1 Kings 2:1 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

As the time of King David’s death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon:

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Where did King Rehoboam got his foolishness?

His grandfather is King David, symbolizing grace and his father is King Solomon, symbolizing peacefulness, wisdom, foolishness and love, most probably from his father, King Solomon, but then again, we know now what is the background of King Rehoboam, now let's see his character.

"But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men"

1 Kings 12:8-9 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.

“What is your advice?” he asked them. “How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?”

Rehoboam's Character:

1. Self-confident - rejected the advice of the older men (2 Chronicles 32:8, Psalms 60:11, Psalms 108:12)

He consulted with older men and younger men, but all men, he forgot to consult with GOD.

2 Chronicles 32:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.

Psalms 60:11 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.

Psalms 108:12 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.

Human effort are all useless, only Divine effort counts.

John 15:5 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

2. Fool - according to his father's proverbs, he's a fool.

Proverbs 17:25 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Foolish children bring grief to their father and bitterness to the one who gave them birth.

Proverbs 19:13 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.

Most probably, when King Solomon was writing Proverbs 17 and 19, he had his mind on his son.

3. Short-sighted - he only trusted those who lived with him, his own age.

Psalms 49:13 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

This is the fate of fools, though they are remembered as being wise. Interlude

Proverbs 12:15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

1 Kings 12:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.

King Rehoboam forgot to ask himself the question, "Who is wiser than me?" my father King Solomon is. But his father was dead, so he can only trust the people who outlived with his father and his father's advisers.

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