Sunday Morning Podcast May 28, 2017. Bro. Danny Sanders.

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TEXT: I KINGS 12:1-24  

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

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;)

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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:

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.

17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,

24 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned to depart, according to the word of the Lord.

When Jeroboam came to request compassion (verses 24), King Rehoboam hearkened not to the wise counsel of the old men’s wisdom, and listened instead to the younger, who had counseled the king to be ruthless on the citizens of the kingdom.  This might seem out of the will of God, but verse 15 says;  “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. Sometimes things go very wrong, but we need to consider that maybe it isn’t just “bad luck,” or coincidental.  Maybe God is allowing it for some reason that at that time isn’t known to us.  Maybe God is trying to draw your attention to a greater need.  Just maybe in your great trial, God has a better idea!  What might be really happening, is God saying “be still.”  God could be orchestrating a desired outcome or effect.   Are we willing to let God orchestrate His desired effect?  Are we willing to let God produce in us, ..His Will?  “This thing is from me,” God is telling us.  He knows all about it. He has a purpose.  For God cares so very greatly about each of His children.  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.  Zechariah 2:8  The apple of His eye!  That’s how precious each of His children are to Him!  What concerns us, also concerns God.

The Heavenly Father’s plan was that even Christ, should be tempted by Satan the tempter, Matthew 4:1-11.  God allowed it!  Right away the enemy challenged , or tempted Jesus when He was hungry, when Christ would be at His weakest physically.   Jesus was just about to begin His ministry, and Satan desired to hinder that.  Do you have a burden for souls?  You can count on the enemy to fight you!  Testifying for what God has done for you?  You can count on Satan to oppose it!  Our being tested, is to let us know what we have for God to work with.

“This thing is from me.” Rest comes when we accept God’s orchestrating our life.  God has it all under His control.  But if we’re fighting it, …are we really at rest?  Getting in His way will not produce rest in our soul. There’s only rest found in knowing God is in charge.  28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  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, Matthew 11.  

God wants our attention, to learn of Him. Remember, God allows us to be tested for His purposes. He wants for us to know that  “this thing is from Me.”  We need to not fight the trial, but give our burden to Jesus.