2 Chronicles 10-12; Acts 28

2 Chronicles 10: 4-14, 18-19 “Your father put on us a heavy yoke. If you now lighten the harsh servitude and the heavy yoke your father imposed on us, we will be your servants.” He answered them, “Come back to me in three days,” and the people went away. King Rehoboam asked advice of the elders who had been in his father Solomon’s service while he was still alive, and asked, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” They replied, “If you will deal kindly with this people and please them, giving them a favorable reply, they will be your servants forever.” But he ignored the advice the elders had given him and asked advice of the young men who had grown up with him and were in his service. He said to them, “What answer do you advise us to give this people, who have told me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father imposed on us’?” The young men who had grown up with him replied: “This is what you must say to this people who have told you, ‘Your father laid a heavy yoke on us; lighten it for us.’ You must say, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins. My father put a heavy yoke on you; I will make it heavier. My father beat you with whips; I will use scorpions!’” On the third day, Jeroboam and the whole people came back to King Rehoboam as the king had instructed them: “Come back to me in three days.” Ignoring the advice the elders had given him, King Rehoboam gave the people a harsh answer. He spoke to them as the young men had advised: “My father laid a heavy yoke on you; I will make it heavier. My father beat you with whips; I will use scorpions.”…. King Rehoboam then sent out Hadoram, who was in charge of the forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to mount his chariot and flee to Jerusalem. And so Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

 So we see in this chapter after the death of Solomon his son Rehoboam makes the first known use of campaign consultants, but makes a very poor choice in regards to his transition team.  This is a cautionary tale for any political hopeful tempted to make a campaign promise of whipping the voters with scorpions.

 

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