Civil war started with one decision, a decision that would last for generations, a decision that would spill much blood and a decision that would divide a nation. Rehoboam did not see value in the hard work it took to build the kingdom and the need for rest and lightening the load for the people who served faithfully to make it a reality. Instead he listened to the younger, less wise men and decided to push even harder. I don’t know if he felt he needed to outdo David and his father but the result was catastrophic. A riff had begun and it will eventually destroy the unity that they had previously enjoyed.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.