Summary: What are you doing with the opportunities that God has given you?
The Rebellious Heir
Many times you see children who are rebellious troublemakers and it is an indication of their “raising”. In many cases you can trace their actions directly back to a lack of discipline and lack of proper training. When you see someone living a wretched sinful lifestyle you may be quick to blame the parents. Sometimes you may be right, but in many cases you may find that you are very wrong.
There are many children who were raised in a loving Godly home, taught the ways of God… Chastened when they disobeyed and somewhere along the way they simply REBELLED!!
I want to look today at one of those cases. I want to look at a man who had a grandfather who was described as “A man after God’s own heart”. He is also a man who’s father was the wisest man who ever lived.
I would like to look at the story of Rehoboam and preach through these verse on the subject of “ The Rebellious Heir"
At the time of King Solomon’s death, The kingdom was blessed with the power & presence of God. After Solomon’s death his son Rehoboam inherited the throne. Solomon is known as being the wisest man who has ever lived, Rehoboam did not inherit his father’s wisdom. In fact Rehoboam was foolish and wicked. As a result of his foolish actions, 10 of the 12 tribes rebelled against Rehoboam, they divided Israel into two kingdoms North & South. The southern Kingdom chose Jeroboam to be their king The Northern Kingdom left the worship of God and began to worship idols.Rehoboam, remained as king of Judah,
Rehoboam is a prime example that proves that children can be raised in a Godly home and rebel against their raising and against the God of their fathers.As a result of his rebellion, Rehoboam and the people of his Kingdom suffered greatly.
I. Rehoboam Neglected His Responsibilities - v1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he abandoned the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.
A. He Neglected His Responsibilities Concerning Service
As King, Rehoboam should have offered service and devotion to the Lord. Rehoboam forsook his upbringing. David had his issues and Solomon wasn’t perfect but Rehoboam was taught the ways of the Lord.
There are many adults out there today who were raised by Godly parents and taught the ways of the Lord but they have rejected the teaching of their fathers.
Notice in V1 the phrase “strengthened himself” this speaks of the pride of Rehoboam.
This is a common problem among people today. They have been taught the ways of the Lord, yet they seek to live life on their own terms. They attempt to succeed on by their own power and through their own strength!
Proverbs 16:18 ¶Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
B. He Neglected His Responsibilities Concerning Spirituality - “he abandoned the law of the LORD”
It was a common requirement of the King to “make him a copy of the law” - Deuteronomy 17:18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:If Rehoboam had honored this command he would have learned a few things that would have helped him! The law set forth clear guidelines for daily living.
This is no different than the way many live their lives today! You have the Word of God and in fact it is more accessible today than ever before, but you never use it! Why? Because of pride, because you have control and don’t need the Word of God messing up your plans!!
C. He Neglected His Responsibilities Concerning Subordinates - he abandoned the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.
Rehoboam’s pride & sin not only affected himself but also the entire nation of Israel. Men, we are called to be the spiritual leaders of the household. When we are filled with pride and neglect and/or reject the truths of God’s Word, it affects our entire household!
You have an impact on those around you! The question is “is it a positive or a negative impact?”Are you seizing the opportunities God has given you or are you Forsaking Priorities?
II. Rehoboam Did Not Fear Discipline - v2 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, 3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt;
Here we see that the sins of Rehoboam result in the chastisement Rehoboam and Israel sinned and God used Shishak and Egypt as his method of punishment. God sends the Egyptians to take away all their gold and their valuables. God used the people of the world to chasten His people.God saved us to deliver us from our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He wants to use us for His glory. Are you doing what you have been called to do? Are you living as one changed by the hand of God? If you are not, He will chastise you because you are HIS CHILD!