1 Kings 12* Rehoboam's accession, The people's petition, His rough answer.(1-15) Ten tribes revolt. (16-24) Jeroboam's idolatry. (25-33)1-15 The tribes complained not to Rehoboam of his father'sidolatry, and revolt from God. That which was the greatestgrievance, was none to them; so careless were they in matters ofreligion, if they might live at case, and pay no taxes. Factiousspirits will never want something to complain of. And when wesee the Scripture account of Solomon's reign; the peace, wealth,and prosperity Israel then enjoyed; we cannot doubt but thattheir charges were false, or far beyond the truth. Rehoboamanswered the people according to the counsel of the young men.Never was man more blinded by pride, and desire of arbitrarypower, than which nothing is more fatal. God's counsels werehereby fulfilled. He left Rehoboam to his own folly, and hidfrom his eyes the things which belonged to his peace, that thekingdom might be rent from him. God serves his own wise andrighteous purposes by the imprudences and sins of men. Thosethat lose the kingdom of heaven, throw it away, as Rehoboam, bywilfulness and folly. 16-24 The people speak unbecomingly of David. How soon are goodmen, and their good services to the public, forgotten ! Theseconsiderations should reconcile us to our losses and troubles,that God is the Author of them, and our brethren theinstruments: let us not meditate revenge. Rehoboam and hispeople hearkened to the word of the Lord. When we know God'smind, we must submit, how much soever it crosses our own mind.If we secure the favour of God, not all the universe can hurtus. 25-33 Jeroboam distrusted the providence of God; he wouldcontrive ways and means, and sinful ones too, for his ownsafety. A practical disbelief of God's all-sufficiency is at thebottom of all our departures from him. Though it is probable hemeant his worship for Jehovah the God of Israel, it was contraryto the Divine law, and dishonourable to the Divine majesty to bethus represented. The people might be less shocked atworshipping the God of Israel under an image, than if they hadat once been asked to worship Baal; but it made way for thatidolatry. Blessed Lord, give us grace to reverence thy temple,thine ordinances, thine house of prayer, thy sabbaths, and nevermore, like Jeroboam, to set up in our hearts any idol ofabomination. Be thou to us every thing precious; do thou reignand rule in our hearts, the hope of glory.
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