The advice of the young men at Shechem (2 Chr 10:8-10:11)

“But King Rehoboam rejected the advice that the older men gave him. He consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and now attended him. He said to them. ‘What do you advise that we answer these people who have said to me? ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put upon us.’ The young men who had grown up with him said to him. ‘Thus should you speak to the people, who said to you, ‘your father made our yoke heavy, but you must lighten it for us,’ tell them. ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins. Now, whereas my father laid upon you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’”

Once again, this is based almost word for word on 1 Kings, chapter 12. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of his older advisors. Instead he went to his younger friends whom he grew up with. They thought that he should make a strong stance. They told him to say that things were going to get worse, not better. He was going to lay a heavier yoke on them than his father King Solomon. He would not use just whips, but the scorpion whips that had many knots in them like scorpions. That is why they always ask older wiser people. King Solomon was the wise old man, but King Rehoboam was the young impatient ruler who wanted things straight from the beginning. This is not how you win friends and influence people. This is not going to go well and will split Israel. He should have listened to his older advisors.

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