2 Chronicles 12:1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.
As children we played a game called “Simon Says.” In general, one person stood up front. That person would say, “Simon says, touch your nose.” Immediately everyone touched their nose. “Simon says, touch your ear.” Again, everyone would touch their ear. However, if the leader did not says “Simon Says,” before a command, and anyone obeyed that command, they were out. This continued until one person remained. The name “Simon” carried a lot of authority in that game. Anyone not following his leading, was out.
That is what happened to the children of Israel who stayed and followed King Rehoboam. This son of Solomon was not as wise as his daddy. He begins by refusing wise counsel from older men who served with Solomon, and instead, listening to a bunch of power hungry guys about his own age that he grew up with. It splits the peaceful nation of Israel into two fighting fractions known as Israel to the north, and Judah to the south. Jeroboam, king of Northern Israel, totally rejects God to worship idols. However, Rehoboam begins right by worshiping God in Judah. Many of the children of Israel from the north and Levite Priests who wanted to continue to worship God came to Judah. This goes on for three years, making Judah and Rehoboam strong. Power and pride cause him to forsake God’s law, and it says, everyone followed his lead. Following Rehoboam and not God was wrong reasoning with horrible results.
Today we see people who want to be called “Followers of Christ,” yet are calling into question; “the Law of the Lord.” You can’t follow Christ, and not obey His word. Man may lead you wrong for many reasons. God will never lead you wrong for any reason.
Do we follow man, or God?
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