Day 23

Rehoboam, Who Burdened God’s People

from the The Genealogy of Jesus reading plan

2 Chronicles 10:1-19, 2 Chronicles 11:1-23, 2 Chronicles 12:1-16

BY She Reads Truth

Start each day by reading the passages listed above. Then use the summary and reflection provided here to guide discussion around the daily reading.

Rehoboam was the first king of the southern kingdom of Judah after a civil war divided the nation. He imposed unbearable labor demands on Israel, leading all of the tribes except Judah and Benjamin to reject him as king. Rehoboam ultimately rejected God and led the people to the same end, calling them to worship other gods.  

Reflect on Rehoboam’s relationship with God. What stands out to you about his interactions with God?

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this prompt included an error about Rehoboam’s actions that has since been corrected.

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  2. Amy EB says:

    In a sermon recently our pastor talked about people who don’t have a hearing problem, they have a listening problem. Rehoboam had a listening problem. He would hear counsel from respected elders or prophets and mostly ignored it. He did eventually listen but only when they were under attack and more or less cornered. He also didn’t seek the Lord’s input the way his father or grandfather did. He talked to elders and his friends, he heard the words of the prophet, but he didn’t actively seek God’s input in his life. What a loss for him and all of Israel.

  3. Tasha Adams says:

    Rehoboam was not a good king, he did not follow the counsel of the older men concerning the people. The Father showed them mercy when the asked for it but then Rehoboam caused the people to slip back to their sinful ways.

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  5. Chelsea Wilson says:

    Rehoboam’s reign was mostly depressing. He made one wrong decision after another. I find it interesting that anytime things were going on well in his kingdom it was because the Lord was strengthening them. The three years of his reign were they were becoming strong, and then later when Rehoboam humbled himself in front of The Lord. When Rehoboam thought he could rely on his own strength, things went terribly wrong, but when he humbled himself God would make things straight. Lord, I pray that I would rest in your strength and not lean on my own understanding. Lord, let me allows follow your paths and not cling to my own way. Amen!

  6. Adrianne says:

    I feel like Rehoboam didn’t put any trust into his relationship with God. He didn’t seek Him out when he was confronted by Jeroboam and the Israelites. He sought the wrong advice. Ultimately it was God’s plan for Rehoboam, but I still find it sad. And sad for the people who turned away from our Lord.

  7. Mercy says:

    The two names of the kings were so similar that I ran into some confusion. Thank you KELLY (NEO) for pointing out the detail in question, and I saw the correction note from SRT editor. (When I read my devotional which is after lunch, it’s already corrected). Reading about 2 men, I was hoping one would be the hero and one the villain. But nope …both kings went astray, what a bummer. Thank you ladies for the caution and advice on who we listen to- they are lifelong valid ones. The pitfall of human is, when they are strengthened and established, they forsake God (2 Chronicles 12:1). May we watch when we are at our most successful, at the peak of our career, glory and strength, may we watch our heart, and hold every VAIN thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. Coming to the Lord in humbleness through prayers and repentance is a good daily habit.
    @MICHELLE: love the question… which yoke is easier? Though the narrow road is hard to walk. There is a toss up between hard and easy for the christian walk for sure. Sometimes I expect hard, but i need your reminder.
    Lifting up our sisters in prayers GRAMSIESUE, LYNN, SHARON JERSEY GIRL, and other she’s.
    Be blessed dear sisters.

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