Rehoboam’s Folly

Rehoboam was the son of Solomon that lost his kingdom
For his indiscretion marred the succession with rebellion
He inherited a kingdom of twelve tribes which soon shrunk to two
Because of his bravado which he mistook for derring-do

A delegation of the leaders of Israel pledged their loyalty to his royalty
They only had one request-that at their pleading behest
He would reduce the burdens his father had placed on their shoulders
The heavy taxation of Solomon had been borne with great exertion
Would Rehoboam with royal fiat reduce the burden of exaction?

Rehoboam asked for three days to reflect on the ways and means
He at first consulted his father’s advisers who counseled
To lighten the people’s yoke and stoke the fires of loyalty forever
He then made a mistake of asking youthful friends what course to take
They asked him to impose heavier levies and stiffer penalties
King’s take would increase whatever size of bread Israelites bake

On the third day Israel’s delegation came to hear the royal resolution
Rehoboam took the advice of the brash and boastful
He forsook the ancient wisdom of moderation and lost a kingdom

Ten of twelve tribes rebelled and fearing mob action he fled
Only Judah and Benjamin remained under rule of the House of David
He wanted to tax the national tree to a stump thus he was left with a rump

In the spiritual kingdom of God the ancient landmark is the Word
Spoken of old by apostolic fathers and prophetic elders
If you ascend to a new position and intend to flourish in your mission
Consult the wisdom of the elders who wrote the kingdom’s rulebook
If you are greedy for gain and power like the people of the hour
You will find your work is dross-a total loss when tried by fire

2 thoughts on “Rehoboam’s Folly

  1. Bro Mike Osas December 17, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    Ok, this nice


  2. Ola Sunday December 19, 2015 / 11:12 am

    I am happy for the lesson in ‘Rehoboam’s folly’. I am much more happier that even in this our day none is denied of the Ancient landmark. The ‘Old Man Counsel’is there for whosoever cares to pay heed. God bless you.


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