Topic: Arrogance Kills [DCLM Daily Manna 22 June 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: 2 Chronicles 10:1-19
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.
11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
Key Verse: “But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him” (2 Chronicles 10:8).
The reign of Louis XIV of France is synonymous with elegance and arrogance. He was called the “Sun King”. No other personality, with the exception of Napoleon, ever dominated French history to the extent he did.
The king and the queen, Marie Antoinette, were far removed from the sufferings and yearnings of the masses. This bred bitter resentment which culminated in the French Revolution that led to the death of tens of thousands with 17,000 people, including the king and the queen, guillotined.
Rehoboam was also an arrogant and reckless young man. He chose to be guided by the advice of his peers instead of the wise counsel of elders to address the complaints of his subjects. When he threatened to impose hard taxation and chastise his people with scorpions, the tribal representatives announced their secession from the union and appointed Jeroboam as their leader. Thus, the unified kingdom built up by David came to an abrupt end.
Many people begin their Christian walk well with focus and wholehearted commitment to God. But subtly, pride and arrogance begin to well up within, setting the stage for a downfall.
God accepts only service to Him and humanity that is rendered with a humble, contrite heart. Those who rule over others must be just and lead them in the fear of God. To leave Him out or try to take His place in the affairs of the people is to toe the path of the fallen Lucifer.
Thought For The Day: To disregard constructive criticism is clear arrogance.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.
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