Featured Passage: 2 Chronicles 11 and 12
Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon, was selected to be king after Solomon’s death. Rehoboam was 41 years old when he took the throne. His first instinct when the ten tribes declared their independence was to declare war on Israel and bring them back under his rule. Would he succeed and rule over Judah and Israel? What type of king would Rehoboam be? In this lesson, we will learn more about King Rehoboam and the legacy that he left.
- God told Shemaiah to tell Rehoboam that He inspired Israel to be split. To his credit, Rehoboam did not try to subdue Israel; he accepted what God had done.
- The Levites who were living within the Kingdom of Israel left when they started worshipping idols and joined with the Kingdom of Judah.
- Why was Rehoboam strengthened when the Levites returned to Judah?
- What is the relationship between obedience and blessings? Rehoboam was blessed during the three years he followed God.
- Rehoboam started out well, and he had many great works. Rehoboam built walled cities for security and encouraged the people to worship God.
- Rehoboam had many wives, which is contrary to God’s instructions. What place in the Bible makes that very clear?
- People can often forget about God when things are going well (Deuteronomy 8:18–19). Was this what happened with Reheboam?
- God sent Egypt against Rehoboam because of his transgressions. The Egyptians took all the treasury back to Egypt with them. There is always a consequence for disobedience to God.
- Rehoboam reigned for seventeen years. He left a legacy of disobedience toward God, unlike King David.
Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.