'the king hearkened not unto the people' [I Kings 12:15]
The division of the kingdom of Israel soon after the death of Solomon turned upon this.
There is a lesson to be learned from king Rehoboam's stupidity. The young king gathered a group of young hot-heads around him and paid no regard to the wishes of his subjects.
People will not be pushed around for ever and tyrants will fall sooner or later. Rehoboam gave no thought for the needs of others and so after the oppression experienced at the end of Solomon's reign he announced even more repressive measures.
All of us need to be more sensitive to the feelings of those with whom we share life's road. We miss all too many opportunities to provide help.
BAM Break & Meditate – Authors: Maurice Paine [AP=Andy Paine]
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