Accepting and Seeking Godly Council
Bible Text: II Chronicles 10:1-19 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | II Chronicles 10:1: Solomon has dies and his son Rehoboam rules.
II Chronicles 10:2 and 3: The people are not happy. Israel is on the verge of splitting in two. The rebellion is let by Jeroboam, a man who previously had led a failed rebellion against Solomon.
II Chronicles 10:4: The people had been taxed to the point of poverty to pay for the building of the Temple and all of Solomon’s palaces. They were fed up and in need of relief and they asked for it.
II Chronicles 10:5: Rehoboam thinks about it for three days.
II Chronicles 10:6-8: Rehoboam listens first to the wise old men (Godly counsel), who knew how hard the people had labored and heavy cost they had paid, they urged a reduction in taxes.
II Chronicles 10:9-14: Rehoboam now listens to the young men that were part of his new administration. These young men serving in his administration were living “high on the hog” at the expense of the tax paying people. They told Rehoboam to raise the taxes even higher. He took their awful ungodly advice.
II Chronicles 10:15-17: In accord with God’s Prophetic Word in I Kings 11:9-39, Israel is now split in two. The ten northern tribes rebel under Jeroboam and the tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained loyal to David’s throne under Rehoboam.
II Chronicles 10:18 and 19: King Rehoboam tries to collect his exorbitant taxes from all 12 tribes just as he had before. But the 10 rebel tribes stone his tax collector to death and Rehoboam flees for his life due to the outrage of his own people against him. Rehoboam refused wise and Godly counsel.
Accepting Godly counsel from other mature believers yields unity (Psalm 55:14).
Refusing Godly counsel causes the people to fall (Proverbs 11:14).
Without Godly counsel purposes are disappointed (Proverbs 15:22).
Godly counsel prevents sin (Jeremiah 23:22).
A multitude of ungodly counsel is worthless (Isaiah 47:13). The Lord brings the non-believers counsel to nothing (Psalm 33:10).
We must implement the utmost care when deciding from whom we will take advice