Applications from 1 Kings
THE STORY: 1 KINGS 12:16-24
As we left this story last time, Rehoboam had just dealt harshly with the people. We see the people acting upon what is technically the split of the kingdom. To try and smooth this mess over, Rehoboam sends Adoram (his forced labor overseer) to the angry people. They stone him.
Seeing that things are beyond repair Rehoboam heads for safety. Israel to the North makes Jeroboam their king leaving Judah with Rehoboam in the South. Once home, Rehoboam begins to assemble his military to squash the rebellion and take back his kingdom. God sends word through His prophet that they should not fight as this thing is from Him.
Tearing Down is Easier than Repairing 1 Kings 12:16-17
80 years of work have gone into this Kingdom. David and Solomon have worked to make their nation into what it is. Yet, with one bad speech the nation is split. In reality we could say with one poor decision (Solomon) the nation is split. Rehoboam was just the means to the end.
It took 80 years, countless dollars and hours, blood, sweat, etc. to build this Kingdom. Within 3 days the Kingdom was divided. Tearing down is easier than repairing. It is quicker and it takes less thinking and work.
We must be careful not to take the easy road and strive to take the high road. Even if it takes longer, even if the load is heavier, even if the work is harder.
What are you tearing down instead of repairing. We do this via:
- Gossip: It is easier to add to the pile than to curve the conversation.
- Complaining: We become part of the problem by griping about it rather than part of the solution by helping out.
- Ignoring: This is the most comfortable path. I am not going to gossip about that. I am not going to complain about that. Therefore I end up saying and doing nothing.
Focus on repairing and building up rather than tearing down.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082