by Jerry Vines

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Rehoboam, the Young King Who Wouldn't Listen (5 of 14)
Series: Kings on Parade
Jerry Vines
I Kings 12-14, II Chronicles 10-12

We are pursuing a series of studies on some of the kings in the Old Testament and we are calling this Kings on Parade. There are some real lessons for us in the lives of these kings. This evening we are going to talking about a king who may be somewhat unfamiliar to you. His name was Rehoboam. I'm calling him the young king who wouldn't listen.

I Kings 11, verse 43 says this. ''And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father.'' There you have the two previous kings. You have Solomon and David. ''And Rehoboam (Solomon's son) reigned in his stead.''

We are going to talk about Rehoboam, who is the successor of king Solomon. Saul was the first king of Israel. David was the second king. Then Solomon was the third king. Each one of these kings reigned for forty years, which means for 120 years they had had only three kings. Now, we come to Rehoboam, the son of Solomon.

When you read the book of Proverbs which was written, for the most part by King Solomon, you will notice that many times, especially in the opening chapters of the book of Proverbs, Solomon will say, ''My son.'' I have wondered when Solomon said that if he was talking in particular about his son Rehoboam. Were these words of wisdom give by Solomon, who was the wisest man who ever lived, for his own son Rehoboam?

We know that in the earlier years of Solomon he was a very wise man. We know that in the latter years of his life he departed from the wisdom of God and he became a very foolish man. I wonder if Rehoboam disregarded the words of his father and rather followed the example of his father. In other words, rather than doing what his father Solomon said, did Rehoboam decide to do what his father had done? There is some evidence that this is true as we study through the life of young Rehoboam.

We find in chapter 14 of I K ...

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