The decision of Rehoboam at Shechem (1 Kings 12:12-12:15)

“So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had said. ‘Come to me again the third day.’ The king answered the people harshly. He disregarded the advice that the older men had given him. He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men. ‘My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.’ So the king did not listen to the people. This was a turn of affairs brought about by Yahweh that he might fulfill his word, which Yahweh spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat.”

On the third day, they all came back together. Rehoboam rejected the advice of the old men and stuck with the advice of the young men. Thus he repeated their advice. Rehoboam was going to make it tougher than his father Solomon. In fact, he would use scorpions or iron instruments rather than whips. According to the writer, his simply fulfilled the plan of Yahweh as outlined by the prophet Ahijah to Jeroboam. Now we know where this is going.

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