Rehoboam was the son of Solomon, and Solomon was the son of David. Rehoboam was raised in the ultimate luxury, the ultimate easy life. But when it came to the tough situations on life, he failed in his decisions, how he gave the news, and ultimately his faith. This story of Rehoboam is the beginning of what J. Vernon McGee calls, “a dark blot in the history of Israel” (First and Second Kings, p. 83). Let’s take a look at Rehoboam’s life and some of the lessons we can learn from him.
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Tough Lessons from a Tough Situation
I. TOUGH DECISIONS REQUIRE. . .
A. Time to Think about Them
Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had gathered to make him king. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of this, he returned from Egypt, for he had fled to Egypt to escape from King Solomon. The leaders of Israel summoned him, and Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel went to speak with Rehoboam. “Your father was a hard master,” they said. “Lighten the harsh labor demands and heavy taxes that your father imposed on us. Then we will be your loyal subjects.” Rehoboam replied, “Give me three days to think this over. Then come back for my answer.” So the people went away. (1 Kings 12:1–5, NLT)